Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

Teaching Artists

"A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts." -Eric Booth

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education, seeks a highly motivated, experienced, and energetic Teaching Artist to lead YPT’s virtual playwriting programs for elementary, middle, and high schools students, as well as adult playwrights during the 2020-21 year.

Most of our programs are 12-workshop residencies, where Teaching Artists typically see their students once a week. All 2020-21 workshops will take place virtually. YPT provides all necessary materials, and trains Teaching Artists on our curriculum. Teaching Artists are responsible for technological access (computer or tablet with a video camera and internet access), and for bringing their expertise to enhance YPT’s lessons (based on the students’ needs and interests). This is a contracted position on an as-needed basis. Compensation varies per program.

You do not have to be a playwright to apply! YPT Teaching Artists are also actors, directors, poets, writers, dancers, and artists of other disciplines. Experience working with youth is required.

To apply:

Please send your letter of interest, resume/CV, and three references in an email to Please put “TEACHING ARTIST” in the subject line.

Young Playwrights’ Theater values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

YPT seeks a culturally competent Teaching Artist dedicated to affirming the brilliance of our students, the belief that creative expression and theater are valuable tools for education, and a commitment to high-quality arts education that centers the experience of all young people, especially those who voices are often minimized. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.