Join the Footliters Traveling Playhouse Team

Casting Call - Children’s Theatre Teaching Artists

Summer 2022- Our Second Season!

Footliters Traveling Playhouse is a new touring program of Young Footliters Youth Theatre at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Together with master teaching artists, we're creating theatre experiences for students across Iowa. Our week-long camps are open to students of all backgrounds, experience levels, and training.

Who We Are Seeking

Dynamic performers with a passion for teaching artistry to play multiple roles in The Secret of the Sphinx and The Call of the Matterhorn, two original touring musicals produced by Footliters Traveling Playhouse. A team of three Teaching Artists will lead week-long theatre camps for groups of approximately 40-60 children ages 7-14. Teaching Artists should be comfortable leading rehearsals for 15-30 students at a time. Artists of all gender identities, ethnicities, racial backgrounds, and sexual identities are highly encouraged to audition.

Teaching Artist Responsibilities include:

  • completing up to ten days of training and rehearsal
  • performing a role each week in The Secret of the Sphinx or The Call of the Matterhorn
  • teaching blocking, choreography, and acting technique to students with a wide range of performing experience
  • collaborating with fellow Teaching Artists to adapt blocking and choreography for a variety of stages
  • assisting with set load-in and costume distribution to students weekly
  • supporting a programmatic mission of "engaging and empowering students through an immersive, inclusive theatre experience."

Contract Details

  • First Rehearsal: Saturday, June 11, 2022
  • First Rehearsal with Students: Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Final Performance (tentatively) Friday, August 5, 2022 (additional programs may be added into early August depending on artist availability)
  • The week of July 4 may include an altered schedule, including Saturday, July 8, or may not be programmed. If no programming is scheduled, Teaching Artists will receive half-rate stipend to assist with living expenses.


Weekly Stipend - $455. Housing is not included, but if you are in need of housing we can assist you in connecting with local resources.

About the Shows

This season will feature two productions from Footliters Traveling Playhouse. Teaching Artists will be assigned to one production through the summer. 

The Secret of the Sphinx - An unsuspecting class of middle school students and their overly enthusiastic teacher are transported back in time where they come face to face with some of the greatest mysteries known to humans. Set against the backdrop of Ancient Egypt, the students learn about Ancient cultures and are reminded of the importance of working as a team.

The Call of the Matterhorn - High above the foothills of the Swiss alps, one snowy mountain towers above them all – a mountain only for the bravest of heart. Join us for a musical adventure filled with magic, mystery, and tests of true character! Together we’ll climb to the highest peak. Only one question remains… will YOU answer The Call of the Matterhorn?

Teaching Artists will spend approximately 22 hours interacting with students and should expect additional hours each week to be dedicated to show-related tasks (commuting, rehearsal set-up, etc.) Performance and camp times are generally mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Submission Requirements

In your submission video, please include the following elements as a YouTube video (instructions below):

  • 32 bars of an uptempo song
  • Comedic contemporary monologue
  • Please also share a brief story about a time you've worked with children and what that experience meant to you.

Submission Instructions

Submissions are due not later than February 1, 2022. Submissions may be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email your headshot, resume, any relevant teaching experience, and the link to your unlisted (not private) YouTube video to Virtual callbacks and interviews to follow. Teaching Artists will be required to pass a background check and obtain their First Aid Certification prior to the first rehearsal.

With questions, please contact Evan Hilsabeck or call 319.248.9371.

Footliters Traveling Playhouse - The Secret of the Sphinx
The Call of the Matterhorn - Footliters Traveling Playhouse