July 11, 2019


We’re hiring – Drama School Associate Instructors

Organization Description:

Carousel Theatre for Young People empowers young people and families through playful, imaginative and accessible theatre experiences that develop emotional literacy. Located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, we are a gathering place for artists, young people and families to embark on a journey where imagination, a dash of magic, and an abundance of play are the recipe for a theatrical adventure that has lasting impact.  Under the vision of Artistic Director Carole Higgins, CTYP stages vibrant stories that engage young people from the beginning of their development and continues to share stories that challenge young people through their formative years, empowering young people to become agents of positive change.

Young People are not simply audience members at CTYP; they are active participants that are at the very centre of all that we do.

Role Description:

This is an Associate Instructor role for CTYP’s Drama Classes which take place every Saturday. Reporting to the Education Manager, the Associate Instructor works with the Lead Instructor to provide a creative, empathetic and fun classroom environment for young people to develop acting skills, build confidence and express their own unique creativity.

There are THREE roles available:

Assist with Stage Kids classes for ages 3 – 4 for the Fall Term

  • Class times: 9.00 – 10.00 am and 10.15 – 11.15 am (two classes per Saturday)
  • Fall Term runs September 21 – December 7, 2019 (no class October 12).

Assist with Theatre Journeys class for ages 7 – 8 and Acting Adventures class for ages 9 – 10 for the Fall Term

  • Class times: 10.00 – 11.15 am (Theatre Journeys) and 11.30 am – 1.00 pm (Acting Adventures)
  • Fall Term runs September 21 – December 14, 2019 (no class October 12).
  • Potential opportunity to continue role into Winter and Spring Terms

Assist with Drama Explorations class for ages 11 – 12 and Teen Company Players class for ages 13 – 17 for the Fall Term

  • Class times: 1.15 – 2.45 pm (Drama Explorations) and 3.00 – 5.00 pm (Teen Company Players)
  • Fall Term runs September 21 – December 14, 2019 (no class October 12)
  • Potential opportunity to continue role into Winter and Spring Terms

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to set up the classroom studio prior to commencement of class
  • Provide assistance and support during class. Assistance includes working with the lead instructor to deliver the curriculum, participate in activities with the group, accompanying children in hallways as per CTYP’s policies and protocol, supporting children in the classroom who may need extra support, assisting the lead instructor with upholding class codes of conduct as set by the lead instructor,
  • Assist the Lead Instructor in modelling theatre games and exercises and be an active participant with the group
  • Provide support to the Lead Instructor and students on the final showcase at the end of term
  • Photocopying as needed during class time (scripts, etcetera)
  • Along with the lead instructor ensuring all students have been picked up by their parent(s) , guardian or authorized designate;
  • Liaising with parents and guardians before and after class as needed;
  • Spend 15 minutes after class finishes tidying the classroom (including putting away costumes and props neatly in the cabinets) and facilitating any late pick-ups after class


  • Must have some previous experience working with children in an educational setting (e.g. drama classes, summer camps);
  • Performing Arts Degree or diploma in theatre, acting and/or dance is preferred;
  • Patient, calm, fun and joyful demeanour;
  • Ability to work with young people of various ages, abilities and experience with empathy;
  • Previous experience assisting theatre, dance and or music classes is an asset;
  • Professional stage experience is an asset;
  • Dance and/or music training is an asset;
  • Early Childhood education training is an asset;
  • Emergency First Aid Community Care certification is required prior to starting first shift (CTYP will arrange payment for this if needed);
  • Clean Criminal Record Background Check for working with vulnerable youth;
  • Available to work Saturdays for Fall semester between September 21-December 7 (for age 3 – 4) and December 14 (for ages 7 – 10).

Rate of Pay: $20.00 per hour

Start Date: September 21, 2019

We are hiring for three positions; one position to work with young people ages 3-6, one position to work with young people ages 7-10, and one position to work with young people ages 11 – 17.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to: Jenny Rush-Cooper, Education Manager via email at jennyrc@carouseltheatre.ca  by 5:00 pm on July 31, 2019.  Please specify in your cover letter which age group you are most interested in working with. We thank all applicants; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.