Teaching Artist

Washington Revels currently seeks an experienced Teaching Artist for its After-School Workshops on Mondays (grades 2-3). The current workshop term runs from September 17-November 12 with one final meeting on Thursday, November 15. After the season concludes, contracts will be up for renewal based on the Education Manager’s review.

In addition to a passion for teaching children, the ideal candidate will show a demonstrable interest in the arts and seasonally based world traditions.

Class Description:

In these workshops, students use their whole body, natural curiosity, and creativity to explore music, dance, and drama through traditions, songs, stories, and crafts according to the changing seasons. Emphasis is on encouraging use of the imagination while developing performance skills in a comfortable setting. Perfect for kids who like to play and explore all the arts.

Responsibilities:

  • You will learn course content given to you by the Education Manager, in consultation with the Revels artistic team.
  • After each workshop, you will file a report with help from the Teaching Assistant, and will send it out to the Education Team.
  • Participate in three meetings per session (planning, mid-season check-in and wrap-up).
  • Participate in one Teaching Artist Workshop during the season.
  • After the final session, which will include a sharing with friends and family of the children, you will file an overview and evaluation of the course and participate in a course “wrap-up” meeting with the Revels artistic and education team.

Skills/Requirements:

  • Ability to direct the focus of the group and divide your attention between the different levels of focus
  • Ability to be playful and take initiative
  • Up-to-date CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Strong communication skills

Experience:

  • Minimum 1-year teaching experience (with age 7-9 population)
  • High School degree required
  • Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Elementary Education or Theatre Education preferred

We will provide a brief on-site tutorial to familiarize successful applicants with our teaching philosophy and methods.

Work Conditions:

All workshops will take place at the Washington Revels building at 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Workshops begin at 4:30, but you will be required to arrive at 3:30 to prep the space and then retrieve children from the neighborhood elementary school for before-care. Workshops conclude at 6:00, but you may need to stay as late as 6:15 to ensure that all children are picked up and that all of the cleanup tasks are completed.

Concerning Payment:

As payment for your services, Revels will pay you an hourly fee of sixty dollars ($60) for each workshop that you teach. You will be paid biweekly.

Company Description:

An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 35 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe.

In addition to our After-School Workshops, annual events include the professionally staged and directed Christmas Revels at Lisner Auditorium (drawing over 10,000 attendees each December), May Revels, plus Community Sings, Pub Sings, parades and more.

To apply please contact:

Grace VanderVeer, Volunteer & Education Manager
gvanderveer@revelsdc.org
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Address

Washington Revels, Inc.
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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301-587-3835 (voice)
888-587-9050 (fax)

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