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ATC Teaching Artists

Auckland Theatre Company

Job details

Auckland Theatre Company
1 Feb 2022
Work type
Contract, Fixed Term
Work classification
Education & Development


Auckland Theatre Company is looking for practicing professional artists to join us as Teaching Artists for our 2022 season. Teaching Artists are attached to one of four of our 2022 productions, to support, guide, educate and illuminate our work.

Strong theatre experience or an artistic practice is essential, as is enthusiasm for working with young people and educators in a school environment. Previous teaching experience is desirable, but not necessary.

While teaching artists draw on their own skill set, full training is given. All workshops and forums are delivered by a team of two working together.

Who is a teaching artist?

"A Teaching Artist is a practicing artist whose teaching is part of that practice. Teaching Artists don't necessarily have education degrees, but they might. …  They are educators; they are guides/facilitators/bridges to creativity."
Tina LaPadula, Arts Corps, Seattle

Auckland Theatre Company’s Teaching Artists are practicing theatre artists and practitioners who work with ATC, educators, learning groups and young audiences, for the purpose of opening up the process of art making.

Teaching Artists are attached to an ATC production, and work in a pair to collaborate, plan and deliver workshops, and enrich the production through their participation and insight.


Your engagement starts on day one of rehearsals and goes through to the closing night.

While the scope of each Teaching Artist’s engagement is shaped to each artists aspirations, a typical engagement includes:

  • Joining the company for three-four rehearsal days to observe and absorb the work
  • Collaborate, respond, and plan alongside the Participation team to design workshops
  • Deliver three evening workshops to the ATC Youth Company
  • Facilitating a teachers’ workshop at the ATC Studios
  • Visiting schools to deliver 50-minute pre- and post-show student workshops
  • Facilitating post-show Q&As at the theatre
  • Contributing to the evaluation of each program, including workshop reports

Please note Teaching Artists are not involved in the scheduling or booking of schools’ workshops. All schools’ liaison is managed by the Ticketing & Participation team.

Time Commitment

ATC Teaching Artists work part-time across rehearsals and performances.

The time commitment is roughly 55 hours of contact time across eight weeks. Additionally, within the eight-week engagement is a three-week school’s workshop tour delivered in person or online.

The role is designed to be as flexible as possible. While part of the engagement is scheduled (Q&As and workshops are scheduled in advance), rehearsal observation and planning can be dynamic to fit within your existing practice.

2022 Productions

We are inviting applications to be a Teaching Artist on specific productions in our 2022 season, and we encourage applicants to apply for productions they have a connection to.

Lysander’s Aunty by Ralph McCubbin Howell

  • Term one: 8 February to 7 April
  • Jumping from Athens to Aotearoa, with a cast of New Zealand’s finest comic and stage talent, in an uproarious wild ride of magic, mayhem and mutiny. More info

Witi's Wāhine by Nancy Brunning

  • Term two: 4 April to 27 May
  • An uplifting love song to the wāhine toa of the East Coast who inhabit Witi Ihimaera’s celebrated writing. More info

Scenes from a Yellow Peril by Nathan Joe

  • Term two: 30 May to 1 July
  • An uncomfortable, playful, and enlightening provocation on racism and privilege in Aotearoa. More info

Dawn Raids by Oscar Kightley

  • Term three: 11 July to 2 September
  • Legendary Pasifika theatre collective Pacific Underground revisits Dawn Raids 25 years on, in the wake of the apology. More info

Teaching Artist Training Workshop

Auckland Theatre Company is offering a free workshop on the teaching artist pedagogy on 27 Jan 2022 from 10am-3pm.

Attendance at this workshop is not essential, but it will help artists deepen their understanding of being a Teaching Artist.

For more details, please click here or contact

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to ATC Participation Coordinator Sam Phillips, Please ensure that your cover letter specifies which production(s) you’d be interested in being attached to.

Applications close on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

To request more information on the 2022 productions, including detailed schedules or content advisory information, please email

Written by

Auckland Theatre Company

13 Dec 2021