Teaching Artists


YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts is seeking In-Person Teaching Artist Directors for our Children's Musical Theatre programs. Our buildings are filled with joy, laughter, and absolutely perfect chaos. You need to love children to work at YADA. Not just like them, we need you to be passionate about helping them find their voice, their self confidence, and their joy. We don’t care if kids sing on key or get the choreography just perfect. We want to inspire a child to stand center stage, sing full out, and feel great about it, no matter what it sounds like. We are using art to create the future leaders of our world and if that’s something you’re interested in, please keep reading because we want to meet you.

Teaching Artists during the Summer will be co-directing kids of various ages for one-week to two-week camps throughout the summer. Our shows are two-week camps are Legally Blonde, Willy Wonka, and our one-week revues are Swifties, Barbie, and Disco, as well as Improv camps and some one-day masterclasses. Teaching Artist Directors will be taking children through our productions of Leggally Blonde and Willy Wonka with full costumes, hair/makeup, choreography, sets, while students are singing to musical tracks. The one-week camps are musical revues, concert style, with microphones, YADA t-shirts, and lots of choreography. Still sound fun? … keep reading!

YADA has three locations. All new-hire Teaching Artists must have transportation to teach in all three locations.

  1. West Hollywood: 8115 West 3rd St. LA CA 90048
  2. Studio City: 12745 Ventura Blvd. Studio City CA 91604
  3. Playa Vista: 5456 McConnell Blvd. Playa Vista CA 90066

After summer camps have ended, Teaching Artists turn to the School Year where YADA becomes an after-school program. Kids arrive after school on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Teaching Artists will be co-directing kids of various ages, meeting once a week for 8-10 weeks, then dress rehearsal week, and show week.

Applicants must have experience which may include performance, directing, choreographing, and teaching—ideally, all of the above.

Please click here to start your application process.

The following materials will be required for submissions.

  • Headshot
  • Résumé
  • References
  • Experience Teaching children
  • Demo reel (if available) featuring acting and dance performance
  • Vocal sample (musical theatre song performed to piano or track)
  • Availability
  • Covid-19 Vaccination status

Employment dates:
Training would start immediately with our current teaching artists teaching our spring session. We are looking to supliment our existing staff for summer camps for June/July/August. Please include available dates with the application. Potential employment into the school year depends on staffing needs and trial performance period.

School Year:
Must train on at least one Summer Camp. Positions are available for weekly classes throughout the session. Must be able to teach a minimum of two classes, provide availability for both a weekday and a weekend class, plus attend weekly Thursday staff meetings.

100% of the YADA Staff are fully vaccinated and boosted. All new hires must pass a background check and drug test.

Teaching Artist Rate:
$30/hr. Travel and housing are not provided.

YADA is committed to a workplace where everyone is free from bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment. Our organization strives to ensure a welcoming work environment where everyone belongs and is valued, encouraged & respected for their unique contributions. We are focused on building a culture that acknowledges and values Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all to apply.

We want to express our gratitude for the scholarship for our daughter.  She so enjoyed coming to YADA and fell in love with her role. She showed so much enthusiasm at our place.  Last night’s performance was incredible and so much fun.  It wouldn’t have been possible with your support.  She is extremely eager to continue with MATILDA and she enjoyed making new friends. Thank you for making this all possible.

Rainer is thriving at YADA and we are so happy to have found such a nurturing, amazing place for
him to learn.

You guys are epic… So amazed by the work and love that goes into each and every production. You help your students grow and shine. You deserve all the applause. We are blessed to be part of the YADA family.

Becoming part of the YADA family has been an amazing experience for David!

Mutual love fest here!!!!

Thank you so much. I have already enrolled Janey for the next season. She tells me that she wants to go to YADA forever!

Skylar absolutely loves YADA and would not think of missing it. I enrolled her the very first day of registration so we should be all set!

Our daughter is thriving and extremely happy in your program!

Thank you again to you, all the teachers and Yada for this opportunity for Lourdes, her heart is so set on this.