Actor-teachers needed for full-time elementary school roles

Positions available across the state


South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ Spark! program is seeking a diverse team of full time actor-teachers to bring drama groups and classes to elementary aged children in far flung corners of the state.

Through a literacy-oriented, research-based model, actor-teachers will each cover two elementary schools per year within their geographical hub area (Pee Dee, Midlands, Lowcountry, Piedmont, etc). Actor-teachers will bring co-teaching, arts integration, outside performers, professional learning opportunities, ongoing drama classes and sample lessons, as well as summer intensive drama groups during the Read to Succeed camps. They will have state wide support, curriculum support and full training.

Artists and educators with non-traditional backgrounds are welcome to apply. Maturity and organizational skills are a must. Confidence and the ability to work in someone else’s space are essential. Applied theatre and creative dramatics knowledge, experience with elementary aged children, storytelling or interactive performances experiences are all very helpful.

Submit cover letter, along with CV or resume along with the appropriate state application. Specific job descriptions and state application are posted here on the SCGSAH website. Positions are titled “Project Coordinator” for the lead actor-teacher ($52K), and “Curriculum Coordinator” for the 5 actor-teachers ($42K) for the regional areas.

Lead actor-teacher and grant director will visit sites, support efforts and provide training. These are temporary grant funded full-time positions with benefits. They will be based from home and in local schools, but will need to travel at times to population centers for group training and support—those travel expenses are paid and time flexed out. Daily travel between home and assigned schools will not be typically reimbursed. This is primarily weekday work, during school hours, aside from periodic training days. Training and startup will be a combination of in-person and online workshops. COVID protocols for DOE, SCGSAH and local schools will be followed. The lead actor teacher should be prepared to spend part of every week traveling to sites around the state and is likely best based in Columbia or nearby. Theatre people and educators who are self starters, active and organized facilitators, good relationship builders, and playful activists are a good fit.

Applicants should send their information to SCGSAH’s Human Resources Director LaTomya Doctor. Applications and resumes will be submitted for review once all materials are received in HR. Looking forward to meeting some exciting and energetic applicants!

This expanded Spark! project is a three year grant funded program made possible thanks to Arts Grow SC, which is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Department of Education through American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. There are no costs to partnering schools or school districts for participation in Spark. This work builds on a previous, nationally recognized five year pilot project recently completed. In 2020, Spark’s research methodology was recognized nationally with the Arts School’s Network’s Research Initiative – Institution Award.