Arena Stage was founded August 16, 1950 in Washington, D.C. by Zelda Fichandler, Tom Fichandler and Edward Mangum. Over 65 years later, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.


The Resident Teaching Artist will provide instructional and artistic support to all education programs, as assigned by the Director of Education.

This role is Part-Time & Seasonal, 20 hours per week Jan-June 2022 and Sept 2022-June 2023.


  • Serve as a co-director for select Voices of Now ensembles
    • Work with co-director/s to keep all footage and or writing organized
    • Participate in weekly meetings with co-director/s to create rehearsal and/or lesson plans
    • Collaborate with co-directors to devise Voices of Now scripts and create and blocking and choreography
    • Attend and participate fully in all scheduled rehearsals for designated ensembles, special events, production meetings and other related Voices of Now activities
  • Serve as co-facilitator for Voices of Now professional development workshops and teaching-artist training sessions and Moving Stories classes when necessary
  • Provide lesson planning support for Voices of Now, Moving Stories, and community outreach workshops and residencies
  • Observe and support Voices of Now teaching artists as needed
  • Teach in other CE programming as necessary
  • If requested, participate in interviews, videos or media events to represent the Voices of Now program


  • Significant experience in relevant fields, such as working with youth, teaching and facilitation, devising theater, playwriting and directing
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills, and proven ability as a teacher/facilitator, director and playwright
  • Comfortability with devising theater, creating choreography/movement with performers and collaborating with peers
  • Experience working with artists and students of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic and racial backgrounds


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