ShoWagon Teaching Artists

Theatre Memphis’ ShoWagon is seeking teaching artists to fulfill the duties of the Department of Outreach and Education’s 2019-2020 season. These are part time, paid positions. ShoWagon is Theatre Memphis’ professional touring/teaching troupe which has performed around the MidSouth for over 30 years. As part of the Department of Outreach and Education, ShoWagon seeks to educate, entertain, empower and serve the youth, adults, and typically overlooked audiences of the Mid South by engaging our community’s creativity and imagination through theatrical training, performances, and collaborations. Deadline to submit application materials will be Monday, July 8th by 5 p.m. Auditions will be by invitation only after all applications are received at a time that is agreeable to all applicants.

If interested, send all questions or application material to Lena Wallace Black at

Duties will include:

  • Auditioning for, rehearsing, and performing in the daytime production of A Christmas Carol on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis.
  • Rehearsing and performing a touring production that will be available for presentation throughout the school year, including at the Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival        
  • Leading groups of students and mentors as part of the Grizzlies Team Mentoring Program and writing and directing scripts for finale performances of the projec
  • Being available to aid with any and all classes, camps, workshops, auditions, residencies, and projects taken on throughout the school year by the Department of Outreach and Education                                                                   


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • A degree in Theatre or Education is not required, but preferred 
  • No formal teaching experience is required, but a strong desire to teach and ability to handle oneself amongst children in a classroom setting is a must     
  • Strong performance skills essential 
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation to get to and from Theatre Memphis and other areas of town when required
  • Potential operator of the company vehicle must have a clean driving record
  • Must possess a strong sense of leadership and responsibility   
  • Must be consistently prepared and prompt for all call times                                         
  • Must be able to pass a background check

Application Requirements: 

  • Headshot 
  • Performance resume   
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of interest from applicant 
  • In person audition or scheduled facetime or phone interview 
  • Projected list of conflicts from August 2018 to May 2019                                                                                                   

- Position pays $10 per hour for most assignments, including travel time for group performances and activities; some projects may be compensated with a stipend instead of an hourly wage.

- A flexible schedule is a must. You may have other part time jobs and be in other performances around town simultaneously, however, you must commit to ShoWagon being your first and foremost commitment and be available for all performances, rehearsals, teaching sessions, etc. A contract will be signed honoring this commitment, and termination will be considered upon breach of contract.

- All scheduling matters will be set in stone at least two weeks in advance. If last minute offerings become available, they will only be required of the group or individuals if they are available for the project upon receiving notice.

- Night and weekend commitments are seldom, but will be required a few times throughout the year with plenty of notice.

- Schedules are drastically different depending on the time of year and the projects in progress at any given time. Some weeks will have many opportunities to gain hours while others may have none at all.

- A professional, friendly attitude must be exhibited amongst the group, as well as around students and teachers in all settings in order to represent ShoWagon and TM in a positive manner at all times.

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.


Theatre Memphis Community Engagement Coordinator

Department: Outreach and Education
Reports to: Executive Producer and Director of Outreach and Education

The Theatre Memphis Department of Outreach and Education is dedicated to taking theatre beyond the
walls of our building to build meaningful relationships and create original, relevant art with young
people and community members all over Memphis. Collaborative partners include (but are not limited
to) the Memphis Public Library System, The Grizzlies Team Mentoring Program, the Center for
Transforming Communities, Latino Memphis, RedZone Ministries, Rhodes College, and Shelby
County Schools.

 Cultivate and maintain relationships with diverse communities and community organizations
 Create and implement programming within communities throughout Memphis
 Write grants and find other funding sources for community programming
 Plan, facilitate or oversee community workshops and classes at Theatre Memphis
 Act as a director/mentor as part of our partnership with the Grizzlies Team Mentor Program
 Develop curriculum for programs as needed
 Work with community partners to create programs that fit their unique needs
 Direct/Write pieces for summer camp, touring shows, special community events as needed
 Participate/Facilitate as needed in any/all Outreach and Education Programs

Required Education and Work Experience:
 Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, Education, or related field
 Significant experience working in theatre, education, communities and/or non-profits
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Grant writing experience
 Strong collaborative skills
 Ability to adapt and multi-task
Salary and Benefits including health insurance commensurate with qualifications.
Application Materials:
 Detailed Letter of Interest
 Resume
 Three References

Send application materials to Debbie Litch at Please no phone calls.

Assistant Technical Director

Theatre Memphis is seeking a staff Assistant Technical Director. The ATD serves as the lead carpenter for all productions and assists with scheduling, management, and execution of all technical elements. Applicants should have prior experience in CAD, scenery construction, metalworking, and stage rigging techniques. Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes nights and weekends. Must be comfortable working at heights. Applicants should be comfortable working in groups, independently, and with volunteers. Opportunities in design are available for additional compensation based on interest. This is a full time staff position with health insurance, 401k, vacation time, and a guaranteed Christmas break.

Duties of the Assistant Technical Director:

·      Attends some production meetings, designer runs, and technical rehearsals, in order to assist in the supervision of all technical aspects of mounting the production

·      Builds each production set per the specs of the scenic designer

·      Assists in determining construction methods, schedules, materials, and mechanics for the building and painting of each set

·      Assists in producing construction drawings, as needed.

·      Assists in the supervision and construction of the set

·      Insure proper functioning and safety of all moving scenic elements

·      Assists in supervising the installation and striking of each set, including all rigging and mechanical devices.

·      Assists in the supervision and training of volunteers

·      Assists the Scenic Charge Artist in the painting of the set, as needed

·      Organizes, cleans, and maintains inventory in the scene shop and tools

·      Assists in Planning, testing, and building special effects

·      Ability to lift and move heavy objects

·      Comfortable with working independently

·      Punctuality, attention to detail, and a positive attitude is a must


Salary $550-$600 per week

2 affordable health insurance plans to choose from

Majority of health insurance paid for by Theatre Memphis

401k plan available

1 week of flexible paid vacation time plus Guaranteed paid Time off Dec 24th to Jan 2nd

Paid time off for major Holidays

Dedicated full-time team of skilled artists

About Theatre Memphis

At nearly 100 years of continuous production, Theatre Memphis produces 11 shows in 2 spaces per year in the growing arts community in Memphis, TN. Our Lohrey Stage is a 411 seat 32’ wide 25’ deep proscenium stage with 40 double purchase linesets and a hydraulic orchestra lift. The Next Stage is a 40’x40’ flexible 80 to 100 seat black box. Theatre Memphis produces high quality theatre in the heart of the Midsouth. Only 3 hours away from Nashville and Little Rock as well as close proximity to several State and National recreation areas. Get all of the benefits of working in a large city with a close knit arts community and low cost of living. Come be a part of the dedicated team leading Theatre Memphis into its second century.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to Production Manager Michael



Sound Designers

We are looking to hire several sound designers, in order to round out the staffs for the 2018-19 Season.

  • Possible candidates will be capable of designing and implementing sound effects required for the show.
  • The sound designer should have evening and weekend availability during the one week technical rehearsal process.  (They are not needed to run the show for performances.)
  • The designer would preferably be available to attend periodic 45-60 minute long work week meetings.
  • All design work and other preparation would not need to be done at theatre, but designers must be able to meet deadlines and exhibit their progress periodically.
  • Sound designers are contracted on a per show basis.  The total hours of work and corresponding compensation hinge on the design needs of the show.  Sound needs for our production range from a couple hours of research and prep work to many hours of research, prep, and building complex cues.
  • Stipend and programming needs will be discussed with all applicants whose resume shows adequate experience.


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