Teaching Artists


YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts is seeking In Person Directors for our Children's Musical Theatre programs. Our buildings are filled with joy, laughter, and absolute 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 and 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 then please keep reading because we really want to meet you. 

Teaching Artists during the Summer will be co-directing kids of various ages for one to two week sessions throughout the summer. Our shows are Seussical, Cats, and Jungle Book, several one week revues, as well as Improv and Musical Theatre classes. Teaching Artists will be taking children through a production with full costumes, hair/makeup, choreography, sets, and they’re singing to musical tracks. Still sound fun? … keep reading! 

Teaching Artists during the School Year will be co-directing kids of various ages for weekly classes throughout each session. The classes meet once a week for eight weeks, then they have a dress rehearsal (week 9) and one or two shows (week 10) depending on the level of the class. 

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

If interested, please submit the following materials to Please be sure you have submitted ALL of the materials (incomplete applications will not be reviewed). 

  • Headshot
  • Résumé
  • References
  • Teaching/work with children experience
  • 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 of Wizard of Oz. Positions are available for two week sessions throughout the summer. Please include available dates with application. Potential employment into the school year depends on staffing needs and trial performance period. Please include that in your cover letter if you are interested in future employment in addition to our Summer program.


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:

$21/hr + Review & Correspondence stipend. Travel and housing are not provided.



We are currently hiring for Teaching Artists at all three of our locations (West Hollywood, Studio City, Playa Vista). Please specify in your application if you are unable to teach at any of these locations.

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.

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