PROFESSIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
Training. Participation. Anticipation.
The Teaching Artist Fellowship program i is for individuals already pursuing a path in arts education. The program provides the opportunity to further the participant’s goal of becoming a teaching artist. By obtaining practical experience in a guided and supportive environment, the fellows enhance their skills as teaching artists by:
• Observing and supporting professional teaching artists during classes in our Summer Shakespeare Conservatory programs.
• Sharing teaching methods and best practices while co-teaching key classes.
• Lead-teaching in two areas of performance discipline where assigned.
• Creating and revising lesson plans.
• Lead-teaching a Shakespeare play preparatory class, with a Cal Shakes intern as assistant teacher.
• Possibly lead-teaching in Cal Shakes’ other programs, partner schools and organizations.
• Substitute-teaching conservatory classes as needed.
Each Teaching Artist Fellow is assigned a mentor in a specific performance discipline (e.g., acting, stage combat, movement, text, voice, improvisation) to guide them through the process of teaching that particular skill. Working closely with the mentor, fellows hone techniques through the development of lesson plans which they will later execute as lead teacher. Mentors also provide helpful feedback to shape teaching skills.
Fellows get up to 20 hours of lead-teaching time in addition to assisting, researching, creating lesson plans, identifying possible outreach opportunities, and developing curriculum.
Applicants for the Teaching Artist Fellowship are selected based on: demonstrated experience or expressed interest in the field of arts education; hands-on experience in a relevant theatrical discipline (acting, directing, stage combat, etc.); and commitment to furthering their careers as teaching artists. Candidates must have two years of professional theater training and/or teaching experience.