Girl Be Heard seeks Teaching Artists for its Community Based Weekend Workshop
Programs. The selected Teaching Artists will work with 15 youth to create a safe
space and work with a strong ensemble of artivists using Girl Be Heard’s listening
model. Teaching Artists will give participants a foundation in writing and
performance-based storytelling, and cultivate an understanding of social justice and
issues affecting women, girls, and gender expansive youth around the world. They
will also lead participants through the creative process of writing and performing
two original performances, which will be performed by the students, and an end of
year community engagement event.
Ideal candidates will have a strong background in planning and leading
performance, spoken word and theatre education, and must be passionate about
developing girls’/gender non-conforming voices. We particularly seek artists with
strong personal artistice practice rooted in performance based storytelling including
acting, theatre and spoken word. Girl Be Heard’s Teaching Artists foster healthy
relationships amongst the group, making explicit connections to leadership and
youth development. TA’s should be comfortable tackling social justice topics and
seamlessly integrate performance-based exercises into every session. Lastly, TA’s
facilitate an environment for play, community building and building critical
consciousness. All Teaching Artists will be trained throughout the year.
Weekend Workshop Teaching Artists will be hired for the new program cycle which
runs from Oct 2021 to June 2022. Sunday Workshop meets weekly for 2 hours
Sunday OR Saturday from 2pm-4pm, eastern standard time. In addition to the
weekly workshops with participants, teaching artists will be expected to attend
Teaching Artist Training and all regularly scheduled TA meetings. The weekly
commitment for this role is 5 hours per week.
• Serve as a positive, engaging role model for a diverse group of young people as
they explore personal identity and global issues through theater.
• Create a safe space for youth to share and grow.
• Learn the Girl Be Heard curricula and plan lessons to serve the group(s) you are
working with that meet the goals of the curricula.
• Utilize your background (performing arts, visual arts, writing) to create adaptable
lesson plans and special projects/activities for students.
• Complete all required paperwork in a timely manner to support programming,
administration, and monitoring and evaluation, including weekly session reports.
• Maintain communication with school officials and foster a deeper relationship with
the school community as a whole.
• Support the organization at fundraisers, cultivation events, and other outreach
• Attend all required trainings.
• Participate in all TA meetings.
• Experience in creating lesson plans and/or curriculum writing, facilitating a variety
of hands-on, interactive workshops with diverse populations, i.e., students with
disabilities, English Language Learners, different socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.
• A demonstrated artistic practice in theatre and/or writing for performance.
• Availability for all scheduled sessions, training, and meetings.
• An understanding of dismantling racism and trauma-informed care is essential.
• Strong organization and administrative skills. Applicants must have the ability to
work with minimal supervision, be highly detail-oriented, diligent, able to adapt
easily to change, and able to work in a high-paced environment.
• Ability to reach all students based on an understanding of diverse developmental
• Proven experience with effective classroom management strategies.
• Ability to plan with others and articulate goals and objectives.
• Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with site contacts.
• 4 years of equivalent relevant work experience preferred, in the areas of
Education and/or the Arts or Bachelor’s degree.
• Demonstrated commitment to an understanding of issues of social justice and
• Willingness to engage with participants above and beyond time spent in
• Strong knowledge of, or experience with, the NYC public school system.
• Experience with playwriting, devising, editing, and/or dramaturgical work
Note: We are seeking local candidates for this teaching residency as we will begin
the program year following a hybrid model. Workshops will transition to in person
after the first month of programming.
Compensation: $37.50/hour (5-7 hours per week)
Submit resume: [email protected] Subject line – Weekend TA – (your name)
Girl Be Heard’s mission is to develop, amplify, and celebrate the voices of young
women through socially conscious theatre-making. We bring global issues affecting
girls center stage by creating cutting-edge, cause-related theatre – inspired, written
and performed by youth (12-21) — that is thought-provoking and actionable. Our
shows give voice to issues that girls care about most (such as bullying, body image,
and self harm). Our company also takes on global issues affecting girls worldwide
such as sex trafficking, forced child marriage, and gender-based violence; and
regularly performs our acclaimed shows at the United Nations, TED conferences,
and The White House.
Girl Be Heard’s education curriculum encourages young people to think critically
about social justice, challenge stereotypes, foster friendships, and build tools for
bringing about positive change in their communities. Our programs are housed in
12 sites in NYC (10 Title schools and two community-based programs). We also
launched the first after-school program abroad in Trinidad and Tobago in 2017.
Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity,
sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Girl Be Heard seeks a broad
spectrum of employees and is strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work
environment. People of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities,
races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to
apply. Girl Be Heard’s main office is located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Our
offices are air-conditioned and located in wheelchair accessible buildings.
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