Cleveland Public Theatre is hiring two Teaching Artists and Site Coordinators for the Cuyahoga Municipal Housing Authority Cleveland Act Now (CMHA CAN) program to continue to serve Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through life-changing education programs. All prospective candidates must make a commitment to centering antiracist and anti-oppressive practices in their work.

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Nicole Sumlin, Education Director, at by end of day Friday, August 26, 2022. Subject line should read: YOUR LAST NAME, CMHA CAN Teaching Artist and Site Coordinator. Your email should include two attachments: a resume and a cover letter giving examples of work that illustrates the experience required in the description and explaining why you are interested in this position. No phone calls, please.

We care about the health and safety of our staff; thus, all CPT staff members have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19; and thus, we require that all candidates also be fully vaccinated as well.


The Teaching Artists and Site Coordinators, CMHA CAN report directly to the Education Director. These positions are year-round, salaried staff positions. The salary range is $37k to $43k based on work experience. We are looking to fill these positions as soon as possible.

The Teaching Artists and Site Coordinators have the following responsibilities:

  • Successfully create and implement curriculum for year-round, CMHA CAN programming during the daytime and early evening. Youth will build community and storytelling skills (incorporating body, voice, and ensemble work), which will culminate in up to three artistic presentations (including at least one fully produced production in CMHA community centers).
  • Collaborate with CMHA staff, CMHA CAN team members, CPT Staff from applicable departments, and guest artists to successfully present the artistic presentations and fully produced productions at assigned sites.
  • Manage part-time CMHA CAN Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist interns in the successful implementation of CMHA CAN programming.
  • Attend meetings with CMHA CAN Team and Education Director to share outline highlights, session progress, questions, and challenges of program implementation.
  • Create detailed and accurate lesson plans, attendance records, session progress notes for the program as indicated by Education Director.
  • Completing other duties that relate to the CMHA CAN program and CPT education/artistic programming as determined by Education Director.


  • Experience teaching Black and brown youth who may have sustained trauma and deal with the effects of oppression and scarcity
  • Experience in building relationships with families and community partners
  • Creativity and vision in storytelling
  • Play creation skillset
  • Play producing skillset
  • Excellent logistics and organizational skills
  • Excellent collaborator and communicator
  • Organized, clear record-keeping and curriculum planning skills
  • Experience managing the needs of various constituencies at once
  • Commitment to leading with anti-racist principles
  • Community-building skills
  • Team player and inclusive leader
  • Integrity and discretion
  • Project management
  • Strong public speaking skills


These positions require a teaching artist and leader who is equally passionate about building nurturing, authentic relationships with youth and their families; and, encouraging creativity, confidence, and craft in young artists around storytelling. Experience in devising theatre is critical, as is a depth of experience working with Black and brown youth, adults, and families who may encounter daily manifestations of scarcity. We are seeking a devising/ensemble-based director and teaching artist with strong leadership skills. CPT gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates will be collaborative and eager to learn and lead. Successful candidates possess excellent organizational skills and a passion to create warm, exciting, and empowering community experiences for our program’s participants.

The positions are full-time and includes the following benefits:

  • Partial remote work schedule
  • Medical, dental, health savings plan
  • Paid time off including some holidays
  • Free tickets to all Cleveland Public Theatre, Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi and CORE Cleveland productions.
  • Free tickets to Pandemonium, CPT’s annual fundraiser.
  • Reimbursements for tickets to some other local productions.
  • Participation in “First Fridays”, CPT’s lunch and learn mentorship program where staff members get to engage with staff members of all-levels to encourage advancement.
  • See an awe-inspiring view of Lake Erie from our rooftop!


Cleveland Act Now (CAN) is a year-round theatre arts program for young artists ages 5-14. CAN multidisciplinary performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking.

CMHA CAN takes place in partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) at community centers for children and families who live in public housing. Under the guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, young artists learn how to create and perform their own plays, dance, poetry, music, and visual art. These original performances are crafted and presented annually at CMHA and Cleveland community centers as well as arts festivals throughout Cleveland. CMHA CAN is offered at four CMHA community center sites: Lakeview Terrace CAN, Woodhill Homes CAN, Outhwaite Homes CAN, and Riverside Park CAN. CAN also partners with local community centers.

CAN Academy is a free performing arts program at Cleveland Public Theatre for younger teens and youth from Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods. Young artists engage in rigorous (and fun!) theatre training, learning acting fundamentals, script analysis, storytelling techniques, and play creation.


CPT education programs follow four guiding principles that reflect our pedagogical, political, and aesthetic approaches to education, and are deeply interrelated.

Empowerment: Together we create original works of theatre, and our participants contribute to the spoken words, the movement, and the production elements. This layered approach engages participants dynamically, resulting in pride and ownership of the final product.

Equity: We strive to bridge the gap between the heard and the unheard by centering rarely shared stories with a wider audience. Our work brings awareness to issues such as racial and economic justice, nurturing relationships that cross the invisible boundaries of race and class. We believe representation matters, and we are committed to engaging Teaching Artists who are representative of the communities with whom we collaborate.

Excellence: We encourage the development of the whole artist, nurturing an artist’s personal, interpersonal, and artistic growth. This environment of self-mastery calls participants to own their greatness with pride, be accountable to their peers, and be engaged, curious, and connected to their community.

Enthusiasm: We approach the artistic process with openness, rigor, intention, and joy! Our programs cultivate an enthusiastic learning environment that supports creative expression while nurturing a high degree of discipline and focus. We encourage our participants’ creativity, and we also challenge them.

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