Tour Actor/Educator

Compass Creative Dramatics is a traveling children's theatre that specializes in bringing week-long theatre experiences to the places where kids already learn and play, with tour locations across the USA. Teaching artists are contracted as one half of a touring actor/educator pair, which works with up to 75 student actors (1st - 12th grade) in a given week. Tour actor/educators are responsible for directing and performing a 60-minute musical and teaching basic theatre workshops. The two-person team arrives in a community on Sunday, and on Monday they audition the students, cast them in parts, and begin rehearsing. By Friday, the students are ready to perform a 60-minute musical. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, and the team travels to their next location on Sunday. The actor/educators bring with them all of the sets, props, costumes, make-up, and music necessary for the production. During the contract, housing is provided while touring outside of the Chicagoland area. Within Chicagoland, actor/educators are responsible for their own housing. 

Skills & Qualifications: 

Being a tour actor/educator for Compass is 50% teaching the show, 25% teaching other topics (both during rehearsals and during enrichment workshops), and 25% acting - but we're looking for rockstars at all three. Comfort with basic singing is a must. Musical theatre experience is preferred, although not required. Must have a valid driver's license. Owning a car is a plus.

Contracts run approximately January - May, May - August, and August - December, with the majority of contracts taking place May - August. Contracts include training prior to tour start date. Contract lengths vary, but generally run between 5 and 12 weeks, including training. Full-time availability is necessary during entirety of contract

To Apply: 

Pay ranges average from $400 - $525 per week, which includes base pay + additional income through enrichment workshops, full-day program bonuses, etc. Contract includes a training stipend. 

Auditions and callbacks will be held at Compass Creative Dramatics Administrative Office 4001 N Ravenswood Suite B3. 

Group auditions will take place from 4:00 - 7:30pm on Sunday, February 25th and from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Wednesday, February 28th. As the audition is based in theatre games and discussions, applicants must be present the entirety of the session. 

Some actors may be asked to stay after the group release to read and sing.

Sides and music will be emailed with audition time slot assignment. 

To request an audition slot, please email your headshot, acting resume and teaching resume. Please specify if you like to audition from 4:00 - 7:30pm on Sunday, February 25th or from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Wednesday, February 28th

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