People’s Light is an equal opportunity employer. We work to cultivate a deep and wide reach in order to connect with prospective employees who have varied experiences and skills, a collaborative attitude, and the capacity and desire for growth.


People’s Light seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to create an antiracist, socially just, and inclusive presence in Chester County and our surrounding community. People’s Light does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Applicants from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.


CONTACT PERSON: Kathryn Moroney

DEPARTMENT: Education & Civic Practice

Employment type: Part-time (project-based)

Compensation: Most People's Light workshops pay $50-70/teaching hour. Rate varies by program based on planning needs, schedule, and whether the role is a co-teaching or solo assignment. Mileage reimbursement is available if the teaching artist must travel to a school or community program site other than People's Light. Exact compensation will be disclosed when you are contacted to interview for a specific teaching role within our season.


People’s Light seeks experienced Teaching Artists to support current and future arts education offerings, including school-based and extracurricular workshops, and Saturday Theatre School classes ranging from age 5 to 18.

We welcome teaching artists who practice in many disciplines, including performers, playwrights, directors, designers, and composers. While we do not currently offer workshops which focus exclusively on dance or singing voice, we are eager to meet educators who incorporate music and/or movement in their theatre teaching. As our programs for the 2022-23 school year do not include staging and rehearsing existing work, we are not hiring directors for youth productions. However, we do welcome teaching artists who may bring elements of text analysis and scene study into classes and workshops. Additionally, teaching artists who facilitate student writing, and/or devising may find a good match with our goals to inspire young people as multi-faceted theatre makers rather than only as performers.


Upcoming opportunities include:

  • Saturday Theatre School classes including options for ages 8-10, 11-13, and 12-18 (Saturdays October 1-November 19, 2022)
  • Elementary school-level and/or Intergenerational Family workshops (November-January, variable scheduling)
  • Fall residency creating theatre with students and adults with physical and cognitive differences (late Sept-Dec, weekdays TBA)
  • Middle & high school workshops exploring social-political topics through theatre tools (January-February weekdays TBA)
  • After school workshops for storytelling, playwriting and/or song writing, including bilingual and English Language Learners (Weekdays TBA in Fall and Winter)

In addition to these specific programs, we welcome the chance to meet Teaching Artists for future collaboration in Spring/Summer 2023 and beyond. Bilingual Spanish-speaking teaching artists are especially needed as our afterschool programming and partnerships grow in early 2023.


Teaching candidates should know:
Some of our programs invite Teaching Artists to bring their own preferred skills and artistic practice into classes of their own design and lesson planning; Saturday Theatre School is an example where our students typically sample theatre skills based on a lead teaching artist's personal professional expertise and passions. Other programs, such as our school-based workshops, typically use lessons developed by the People's Light education department which are then shared and refined with the roster of teaching artists collaborating on that specific program. Please feel free to indicate if you have any preference for teaching lessons of your own design or from an established curriculum.


To apply:
1. Please introduce yourself with a resume, references, and cover letter.

2. Your letter should tell us a bit about your personal artistic and teaching practice both, as well as describing a project – whether completed or hypothetical – that exemplifies the type of teaching you are most excited to share.

3. Please detail any preferred age groups, specific topics or skills you are prepared to teach or other aspects of your background you'd like us to know, and any relevant notes about your availability or preferred scheduling.

4. We will happily review any sample lesson plans or other support materials which you feel represent your work; these are welcome but not required.


Early career artists who are new to teaching may apply for consideration for available co-teaching opportunities as they arise. Please include references who can speak to your artistic achievement in your preferred discipline.


Applications accepted on a rolling basis; candidates for Saturday Theatre School classes are encouraged to submit no later than Sept 6. Send materials to Director of Education and Civic Practice Kathryn Moroney at moroney@peopleslight.org.