be a TEACHING ARTIST
The Young Shakespeareans is an extracurricular theatre arts program that partners with public elementary school principals to produce and present the works of William Shakespeare in economically disadvantaged communities.
Our partner schools are currently located in South Los Angeles with expansion planned for summer enrichment programs nationally.
Our rigorous curriculum is carefully designed and calibrated to enhance our students' self-esteem and to empower them by developing their academic, theatrical, literacy, and life skills. The Program requires a commitment of approximately 64 hours teaching/directing time over a 12 week period between January and April, plus an unpaid Orientation/Training in November/December.
Our Teaching Artists say that working with The Young Shakespeareans is the most rewarding thing they have ever done. If you are interested in joining us, please submit a cover letter, headshot, reel, and resume(s) reflecting your acting, directing, and teaching experience.
We look forward to hearing from you!
"Last January, I was invited to attend a Young Shakespeareans’ class. As I have a BA in Theater and had performed in Shakespearean plays several times over the years, she thought I might get a kick out of seeing what they were doing with 4th and 5th graders in underprivileged neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.
The class was held in a simple auditorium two days a week after school. As the students filed into the room, it was clear how excited they were to be participating. The enthusiasm from the teachers, the students, and the liaison teacher was so infectious, that I jumped into the warm-ups myself almost immediately. After that session, I volunteered to assistant teach - I was hooked.
What I observed and was able to be a part of was incredible. I saw students struggle, embrace, and find a confidence that they never had before. I saw kids who were shy or socially awkward be included as part of a team where their role was valued. I saw other children set goals like aiming to get a bigger part, succeed and expand their talents. And at performance time, I was blown away by the commitment and talents of these students.
I also witnessed parents seeing their child do things they never imagined they could. I was constantly being told by parents how much they loved the program, how glad they were that their child was able to participate, and how they hoped their younger siblings would be able to get into the Young Shakespeareans when they got to 4th and 5th grade.
This program is clearly transformative for the students, but what I want you to know is that it transformed me as well. Opening these children up to new and exciting experiences is a reward you just cannot measure. You are tied to them, and you hope that you have changed their lives, in at least some small way, for the better. You become invested in their community, their families, and their school. And if you’re like me, you commit to the program for the future and helm their first fundraiser, so you can hire more teaching artists and expand into more schools, because all children deserve this kind of experience.
It is an incredible program, and I am so grateful that I can be a part of it." Mary Elizabeth Caverly