Call for Teaching Staff

Patrick’s Cabaret Teaching Artist Residency at Southside Family Charter School

Residency March to May 2018

Application Deadline: February 26th by 11:59 PM

Application link:

Photo above: A Teaching Artist and Classroom Assistant for “Ignite” our queer youth storytelling summit (October 2017). Photo by Ari Newman.


Patrick’s Cabaret seeks teaching staff for our 2018 Teaching Artist Residency with Southside Family Charter School. Teaching staff will include two teams comprised of 1 Teaching Artist and 1 Classroom Assistant, each team working with a single classroom over a three-month period.

About Patrick’s Cabaret

Founded in 1986 by Patrick Scully, Patrick’s Cabaret is a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture.

Our work strives to center artists of color, with disabilities, and with queer and trans identities. We grow new art and new artists “on the edge of culture” by encouraging artists of all experience levels to try new things, take risks, and present works-in-progress. We connect artists to education, performance platforms, tangible resources, and to each other, to put their talents to work. We build a diverse network of artists committed to forwarding a radically inclusive and progressive creative community where artists on the margins can thrive.

This Teaching Artist Residency will occur during Patrick’s Cabaret’s final “Sunset Season.” The Spring Season will be produced in its entirety, including completing this residency, which was always planned to take place between March and May 2018. More information about the organization’s sunset is available at

About the Teaching Artist Residency Program

For over 30 years, Patrick's Cabaret has helped artists tell their stories in a welcoming, supportive, and transformative environment. We continue that work by offering customized workshops and residencies with organizations, growing new art and new artists directly in our community.

Teaching Artist Residencies are carefully designed to help participants find and hone their creative voices in their own spaces and on their own terms. We work closely with organizations to develop a custom residency curriculum  to meet the community's learning and social goals.

About the Southside Family Charter School Residency

Patrick’s Cabaret will produce a three-month Teaching Artist Residency with Southside Family Charter School students in 3rd and 4th grade reading and writing classes. The residency curriculum will be focused on learning about critical reading, writing, editing, and performance skills in service of social justice, which aligns with the school’s academic focus on organized resistance to injustice.

Patrick’s Cabaret will hire 2 Teaching Artists who each work with a single classroom and teacher to produce ten workshops on creating new written and performance work. Each Teaching Artist will be assisted by a Classroom Assistant, who will be in the room at each workshop as a kind of apprentice to the more experienced Teaching Artist.

At the conclusion of the residency, the entire school, as well as parents and other community members, will watch a performance by these students, who will share their work onstage in the school auditorium. Students will have the opportunity to submit their favorite piece of their own written work to be published into a zine, which will be compiled and published by the Classroom Assistants.


February 26 - Application deadline

March 2 - Applicants notified of decisions

Week of March 5-9 - Orientation for Teaching Artists & Classroom Assistants (approximately 1 hour), curriculum planning (via email)

Week of March 12 - First week in the classroom

March - May - Each Teaching Artist & Classroom Assistant team teaches 10 workshops, approximately weekly

End of May - Final performance and zine release party

June - Wrap-up and evaluation

Workshops will occur approximately once a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays for a 45-minute slot sometime between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM.

Teaching Artist Responsibilities

  • Help develop curriculum with the Patrick’s Cabaret and Southside staff.

  • Teach ten 45-minute workshops with progressive learning in critical reading, writing, editing, and performing skills related to social justice topics. The first five workshops will focus on providing background and works by verbal and performance artists whose work has a social justice focus. The second half of the workshop will focus on leading teams of students to develop and perform their own short plays on social justice themes.

  • Attend, support students at, and assist with hosting the final performance.

Teaching Artist Qualifications

  • Previous experience as a teaching artist

  • Strong grounding in and commitment to social justice

  • Experience with youth, particularly youth of color, LGBTQIA+ youth, and neurodivergent youth

  • Artistic background in performance/directing and writing for performance

  • Spanish-speaking a plus

Teaching Artist Compensation

Each Teaching Artist is paid a fee of $2,185, paid 75% at the beginning at the contract period and 25% at the end. This reflects an estimated 41 hours of work ($85/hour rate for teaching, $35 rate for prep and other related tasks).

Classroom Assistant Responsibilities

  • Serve as an in-class support to the Teaching Artist for ten workshops

  • Serve as the lead to publish a short zine of collected works from students (all supplies provided)

  • Attend, support students at, and assist with hosting the final performance, which includes the zine release

Classroom Assistant Qualifications

  • This position is intended to serve as an “apprenticeship” for aspiring teaching artists who have limited or no existing experience as a teaching artist, therefore applicants with demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a teaching artist preferred

  • Experience with youth, particularly youth of color, LGBTQIA+ youth, and neurodivergent youth a plus

  • Artistic background in performance/directing and writing for performance a plus

  • Spanish-speaking a plus

Classroom Assistant Compensation

Each Classroom Assistant is paid a fee of $450, paid 75% at the beginning at the contract period and 25% at the end. This reflects an estimated 30 hours of work ($15/hour rate).

To Apply

Applications are due Monday, February 26th by 11:59 PM. All applicants will be notified by March 2nd about the outcome of the hiring process.

Submit your application through the online form at We may request brief phone interviews with finalists between the deadline and March 1st. Applicants needing assistance or accommodation submitting an application can request help by contacting or calling 612-724-6273.

Hiring Policies

All hires will be subject to successfully passing a background check. The staff and Board of Patrick’s Cabaret acknowledge that citation, arrest, and incarceration rates are disproportionately higher for individuals from marginalized backgrounds, especially people of color, and we strive to strike a balance between a legal and ethical responsibility to the populations we serve and rejecting the historical and present inequities that lead to employment discrimination. Our detailed background check policy is available online.

Patrick’s Cabaret is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer​. We do ​not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance.

People of color/Indigenous individuals, people with disabilities, and people with queer and trans identities are especially encouraged to apply.