Drama Teaching Artists

Date Posted: 7/17/2023

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education, at (216) 881-1766.

Rainey Institute is immediately seeking dynamic and passionate Drama Teaching Artists to facilitate high-quality, educational, and engaging art experiences in its 2023-2024 After School Arts Program.

Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives. Our mission is to facilitate the positive growth and development of Greater Cleveland youth, through education and engagement in visual and performing arts. For over a century, as an anchor in Cleveland’s historic Hough neighborhood, Rainey has impacted countless lives through dynamic programming, community service, and holistic youth development. Offering year round programs in Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts, and serving students from preschool through adulthood, Rainey continues to recognize and cultivate potential in all its forms and stages, embracing learners with no arts background just as readily as those with formal training and extraordinary gifts. Rainey is dedicated to fostering a nurturing community, which celebrates creativity, diversity, resilience, love, and learning for a lifetime.

To learn more, visit us at raineyinstitute.org.

Rainey Institute’s After School Arts Program begins Tuesday, September 5th with new and exciting visual and performing arts opportunities for K-8th graders. Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, students from across Greater Cleveland will participate in Drama,Music, Dance, and Visual Arts programming, in addition to an afternoon meal, support with homework, and opportunities to perform and exhibit original artwork.

Rainey Institute is immediately seeking applications and class proposals from Drama Teaching Artists, for its 2023-2024 After School Arts Program. Applications will be accepted and reviewed through Monday, July 31, 2023.

The Drama Teaching Artist’s responsibilities include:

    • Completing an initial class proposal, submitting weekly lesson plans to Rainey’s Drama Program Manager, and participating in periodic planning sessions to develop and ensure curriculum is age-appropriate, effective, and aligned with the overall goals and outcomes of Rainey’s Arts Education department, including:
      • To facilitate artistic exploration.
      • To provide technical arts education.
      • To support social and emotional development
    • Designing classes and projects that allow participants to develop artistic skills, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, community-building and collaboration skills.
    • Instructing and facilitating classes in a manner that keeps participants engaged, focused, and productive throughout their duration.
    • Conducting participant assessments and evaluations (as deemed appropriate and necessary by program managers) to document growth and development throughout sessions.
    • Serving as a positive role model to participants and Teaching Artist Assistants (TAA), and providing meaningful opportunities for TAA’s to contribute to class delivery and instruction.
    • Planning and coordinating culminating performances.

    Dates & Times: September 5, 2023 – May 17, 2024
    (Artists who may be available for only a portion of this full program term should still apply)

    Rainey Institute – 1705 East 55th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103

    Monday – Friday | 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    (Artists who may be available for only a portion of this time should still apply)

    Rainey’s Teaching Artists are hired as Independent 1099 Contractors and are paid $48.00 per hour for the term of the position.


    Rainey evaluates teaching artist applicants based on the following criteria:

    • Experience and ability to teach youth, as well as work collaboratively with staff and fellow artists.
    • Demonstrated work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model.
    • Experience teaching and/or working with diverse populations of youth and/or adults.
    • Professional artistic training, background, and work demonstrated through work samples.
    • Ability to organize, implement, and successfully facilitate a high-quality learning environment

    Ideal candidates will have a degree in Drama/Performing Arts, and/or a proven record of outstanding artistry and experience working with children from diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Ideal candidates are also available Monday – Friday during after school hours.

    Interested applicants may apply through Indeed or may email Director of Arts Education, Brandon Lipford, and include Resume and/or CV along with a brief introduction and description of your interest in teaching at Rainey.

    In order for Rainey to adequately evaluate any teaching artist for consideration, all requested materials must be received by the July 31, 2023 deadline. A Zoom or in-person interview, as well as professional references will also be requested of applicants of interest. Background checks are also required and must be completed prior to start date. After acceptance,
    teaching artists will meet with Rainey’s staff to discuss a class plan, determine logistic and budget needs, and begin preparation for classes to begin.

    Contact Brandon Lipford, Director of Arts Education, at (216) 881-1766.

    Rainey Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

    This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills. It is subject to review and change in accordance with the needs of Rainey Institute.