Education Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre is hiring an Education Associate to support its work serving and empowering youth, adults, and families through the arts. This role reports directly to the Director of Education. This position is a year-round, salaried staff position. The salary range is $37k to $41k based on work experience. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Nicole Sumlin, director of education, at by end of day Monday, April 21, 2023. Subject line should read: YOUR LAST NAME, Education Associate. Your email should include two attachments: a resume and a cover letter giving examples of work that illustrate the experience required in the description and explaining why you are interested in this position. No phone calls, please.


The Education Associate has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day support to the Director of Education (DOE)
    • Execute project-based assignments that support the wide range of activities of the DOE.
    • Interact with all youth, families, staff members, and community partners, with a strong sense of service.
  • Submit and code receipts and invoices.
  • Assist in managing DOE calendar.
  • Crafting communication re: meetings, programming, classes and performances for youth, families, staff members, and community partners.
  • Possibly support the implementation of curriculum for year-round CMHA CAN and/or CAN Academy programming during afterschool hours and possibly a full daytime summer schedule -OR- support the implementation of seasonal STEP (summer) and/or Y-Haven (winter) programs.
  • 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.
  • Attend meetings with EDU programming teams (Cleveland Act Now, STEP, Y-Haven) and Director of Education to contribute to and record discussion of outline highlights, session progress, questions, and challenges of program implementation.
  • Assist with creating lesson plans, maintaining attendance records, and/or reviewing or compiling session progress notes for the program as indicated by Director of Education.
  • Serve as Co- Line Producer or Stage Manager for EDU performances.
  • Support and attend recruitment and community events as relates to EDU programming.
  • Completing other duties that relate to CPT education/artistic programming as determined by Director of Education.


  • 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 and 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
  • Strong skills (for an entry-level professional) in reading, writing, and communication, especially around email correspondence and follow-up.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Comfort with a range of standard office equipment
  • Experience with CPT or a CPT-like theatre (plus)
  • Stage management experience (plus)
  • Language familiarity with Spanish (plus)
  • Community organizing experience (plus)


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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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