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Educational Outreach Instructor

Playhouse Merced's Educational Outreach programs are in high demand offering a unique and exciting after school opportunity for Merced county youth to learn various performing arts techniques at their school or local youth organization program. 

As an Outreach Instructor, you will be a valuable member of a 3-4 person team of instructors who travel to local area schools / youth organizations. Most of the outreach educational programs are after school assignments for 3 - 5 weekdays each class is normally a 2-week assignment, then on to another location the following week.  

If you are one of those rare gems, a person not afraid to be goofy, who might just randomly burst out in song, can use a glue gun while reciting a favorite quote or monologue, and like to have fun while instructing our community's youth creatively, then we want to meet you!  Bring your A-game and enjoy the creative artistic journey of theatre arts education instruction for the incrtedible youth of our wonderfully diverse community!  

Educational Outreach Instructor:

  • Learns the show and curriculum - adding "spice" to the recipe.

  • Supports and works as a team with fellow staff members

  • Works well with youth and various personality types

  • Takes initiative, self-motivated, task-oriented, communicates well and is organized

  • Instructs in areas of backdrop and prop creation, simple music and choreography, stage blocking, performing, line memorization, and simple costume design, while providing support to all students and team members

  • Pro-active, ability to think quickly, critically and pivot when a problem or situation arises or is presented with obstacles - always looking ahead

  • Adaptable to staff and program changes and improvements

  • Understand or can learn basic light and sound equipment and able to set up and break down equipment during load in and load out, as well as run lights and sound during any and all shows (training provided)

  • Adheres to both Playhouse Merced and individual school site rules and regulations

Hours / Schedule:   Hours vary - Increased time will be inevitable with our growth.

  • 13 - 25 hours/wk during school bookings, 10 - 12 hours/wk during school breaks.

  • School bookings normally take place in the afternoons any time from 1:00pm-6:00pm; Tech Days (Thursdays) and Show Days (Fridays) have some morning hours.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:          High School Diploma or Equivalent


1+ years of volunteer/paid experience working with elementary school aged children (teacher assistant, child care, instructional aide)

1 - 2 years of theatre experience (education, technical, acting, singing, dance, stage crew, etc.)


Be able to pass DOJ background check & TB Test

Be able to lift up to 25-30 lbs       

Have a form of reliable means of transportation to Playhouse 

Desirable Qualifications:

Education:        Associates Degree in Theatre or Literary 

                              or attending courses in theater

Skills:                  Bilingual / Multilingual

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