The Paramount Theatre

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Teaching Artists

Part Time
Job Description:

The Paramount Theatre is seeking Teaching Artists for our in-school Education Programs! Auditions are Monday, December 17th from 11 am to 1 pm. at Cunningham Elementary (2200 Berkely Ave. Austin, TX 78745). Teaching opportunities generally occur between 8 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday and integrate the arts into curriculum for elementary school students.
For the audition, please prepare a five minute lesson or activity suitable for elementary-age students. When preparing a lesson, please structure it to be interactive (you will be teaching other auditioners in the room) and aim it at a specific age group and/or subject area.
Even if you are not sure of your availability in the upcoming semester, you are encouraged to audition. Teaching placements are tailored to your schedule. Auditions are to join our roster, not for one specific slot or placement. However, preferences, previous experience and specific interests are taken into account. Once on the roster, you are eligible for further teaching opportunities such as special events and teaching positions for summer camps. All positions are paid. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
To secure an audition slot, please email Mitch Harris ( with your resume. If you would like to audition, but the date doesn’t work for you, please reach out and we will try to make accommodations. Download PDF here!

Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for more than a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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