Please review the complete Teaching Artist position description prior completing your application to ensure understanding of minimum qualifications, work conditions, and other important information:

Position Title: Teaching Artist / Teaching Artist Ensemble

Department: Education & Community Engagement

Employment Type: Independent Contractor

Pay Scale: Variable based on program type and number of artists; starting at $180 (per artist) per 45-60 minute program session

Position Summary: Washington Performing Arts seeks Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist Ensembles to provide education and community programs throughout the D.C. Metro Area. Teaching Artists may submit multiple programs for consideration to be listed on the artist rosters for programs such as Concerts in Schools, In-School Artist Residencies, Embassy Adoption Program, and Enriching Experiences for Seniors. Teaching Artists are independent contractors who work directly with the Education & Community Engagement staff to be placed at schools, senior communities, and other community centers based on program requests received by Washington Performing Arts. Program request forms are opened to the public each fall, and opportunities are assigned to Teaching Artists on a rolling basis from approximately September through August of the following year. Artists of all art forms are encouraged to apply!

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but will be considered according to the following deadlines. In order to be considered for inclusion on the Teaching Artist roster at the start of the school year, application must be received by the Fall Deadline.

Fall Deadline: July 15

Spring Deadline: January 15

In this application, you will be asked to submit:

  • Completed Application Questions
  • Biography (of individual or ensemble/organization)
  • Promotional Photo (of individual or ensemble/organization)
  • Program Description(s)
  • Work Samples
  • Resume
  • 2 Professional References

Please include work samples that are as recent as possible and that reflect the type of work you are interested in presenting as a Teaching Artist. Work samples may include a recorded performance or rehearsal, digital portfolio, links to website content, or other supporting materials.

Applications will be reviewed by the Education & Community Engagement department with input from other stakeholders. Reviewers will consider qualifications of applicants, artistic quality and curricular connections of the proposed program(s), and needs of the Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist roster when selecting new Teaching Artists.

Questions? Contact Education & Community Program Manager, Valerie Murray, at

Washington Performing Arts