ETP Northwest Seeking Teaching Artist for K-1 Program

*** This position has been filled. ***
Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre, is seeking a part-time, program-based teaching artist for our in-class program, Stone Soup.


This job is part-time and temporary, running March 4th – May 24th. Hours and times will fluctuate from week to week, but will typically fall between 15-20 hours/week, between the hours of 7:30am-4pm, Mon-Fri. Compensation is $15/hr. Teaching artist will be expected to:

  • Lead classroom activities in K-1 classrooms

  • Work collaboratively with a co-facilitator to deliver programming

  • Occasionally lead workshops as a solo facilitator

  • Apply positive classroom management

  • Possibly perform/coach students in performing

  • Make sure to bring all necessarily workshop materials to each workshop

  • Track and maintain materials supply

  • Engage in giving and receiving constructive feedback

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working with the K-1 age group

  • Spanish language skills

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • A background in performance, teaching, and/or arts-integration

  • A positive attitude, clear communication skills, and a desire to participate in a collaborative team environment.

Stone Soup is an arts-integrated program that invites students to explore the value of community, and valuing each person’s unique gifts. The program uses theatre, visual art, and communal food-sharing to learn how communities are more resilient when difference is celebrated.


Please send a resume and letter of interest to Tamara Carroll, ETP Program Director, at


The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region's largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120, 000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website ( to learn more about our mission and programs.

OCT is committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that respects and celebrates individual differences and diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that Oregon Children’s Theatre has been staffed by predominately white and able-bodied people over its 30-year history. We are committed to bringing in a more diverse pool of perspectives and lived experiences than has traditionally been represented internally. We especially encourage applications from candidates of traditionally underrepresented communities, and those who can help advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

ETP Northwest Casting Paid Roles in Above Between Below

Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre, seeks performers for our fall touring production of Above BelowBetween by Ramon Esquivel, a show for middle school students about conflict, technology, and bystander intervention.

Primary responsibilities include:
-  Perform the 30 minute show 2-3 times daily, Tuesday through Friday.
-  Participate in post-show dialogue with audience.
-  Maintain quality/consistency of performance during an 8 week tour.
-  Participate in set load-in/load-out and set up/break-down.

Saturday, 8/4, 11am-4pm

Sunday, 8/5, 10am-12pm

Monday, 8/6, 4-7pm 

Auditions will consist of one short contemporary comedic monologue and prepared sides.

To request an audition please send your headshot/resume to and indicate availability during the two audition times. Sides will be sent before auditions.


Rayna – A focused student and peer leader – since being ostracized from her friend group, she’s spending more and more of her time with a friend she met online, but whom she knows very little about.

Zumi – A warm, friendly goofball whose appetite for mischief occasionally ventures into the cruel. He obsesses over his shoes and stylish appearance.

Antony – Spends most of his time carefully curating his trending youtube channel, “Bacon Tacos,” and trying to keep up with his various online personas. Doesn’t care much for what’s happening IRL.

Hattie - Used to be friends with Rayna, until they grew apart. Hattie guards her precarious popularity fiercely, and lashes out at anyone who threatens it.

Performers will portray middle school students and should therefore read “young.” Performers of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.

Additional Details:

·  Rehearses 9/10 – 9/28, 9am-1pm
·  Tour dates: 10/2 – 11/20
·  Typical schedule is 7:30am-3:30pm; varies daily based on travel distance to the school, school schedules, etc
·  Pay rate is $13/hr with an average of 30 hours per week.

Questions? Please email Kerry at

OCT and ETP are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that respects and celebrates individual differences and diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer, and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We especially encourage applications from candidates of traditionally underrepresented communities, and those who can help advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Making Healthy Choices with Social Media

By Heidi Osaki, Oregon Children’s Theatre Young Professional


In 2017, everyone is on social media. I see people glued to their phones walking down the block, coffee shops quiet, phone screens lighting up customers’ faces and people posing for countless photos in hopes of posting the perfect one. Social media has clearly captured our attention, and as a high school student, I see myself, my friends, and my classmates wrapped up in it constantly.  

Social media affects our state of mind and mental health, so it’s important to find a healthy balance between the digital world and the real world around us. This means analyzing how and when we use social media and the relationship we each have with it. 

My favorite thing about social media is being able to connect with friends who live far away. However, I most often look to social media to fill any blank spot in my life, whether it’s the 20 seconds I’m waiting for my computer to turn on, or for an hour when I’m feeling unmotivated. Most of the time I spend on social media is not to communicate and stay connected with distant friends, but to distract and entertain myself temporarily. I could use that time to make art, read a book, or clean my room. Any of these things would make me feel better, more at peace, and more productive instead of frazzled and distracted from scrolling through my feed. But reaching for social media is a hard habit to break. 

I talked to two Grant High School students who both consider themselves to be, in some ways, addicted to social media. Samantha, a senior, estimates she spends three and a half hours a day on social media, saying “I just use it to waste time, it’s not useful or productive.” Samantha’s friend Momoko uses social media similarly, saying “every time when I’m not doing anything or even when I’m doing stuff, I just go to social media and its very bad.” We all recognized how social media constantly begs for our attention, and the impulse to reach for it in any situation has become a habit. 

However, not all high school students feel the constant pull of social media. Another senior at Grant, Sophia, guesses she spends two hours a day on social media, and does not care about it much. She says “I feel like [social media] is bad ‘cause it's a waste of time. I don’t really use it that much.” Spending minimal time on Instagram and Snapchat allows her to feel good about her social media usage. 

Annica (senior) also uses Instagram and Snapchat, but unlike Sophia, she uses them frequently. Annica estimates she spends about eight hours a day on social media, using it to communicate all the time. She admits that her relationship with social media improved when she cut back on her time. “I’ve been trying to stay off my phone much more,” she explains. “I’ve been trying to have face-to-face conversations rather than over Snapchat or Instagram or text or any other app. I would say [my relationship] is healthy but I could definitely do better in areas. I’m definitely not addicted to it, I can live a day without it. The other day I came to school without my phone on purpose ‘cause I just wanted to test myself. It went pretty well.” For Annica, staying aware of how much she uses it, and confirming that she can go a day without it, allows her to feel comfortable with her relationship to social media. 

From Annica and Sophia we see that time is not the only factor in determining a healthy relationship. Your relationship with social media is not only defined by how much you use it, but also how you use it. Annica’s time on social media is mainly devoted to communicating with friends. I find that when I use social media to communicate, it is less distracting and draining than when I use it to scroll through countless posts and watch meaningless videos. Annica says social media can also be used “as a form to share negative ideas and concepts,” which causes it to quickly become an unsafe and unsupportive environment. The type of messages we put on social media and the activities we choose to use it for are defining parts of our relationship with it. 

Social media can easily become addictive and a tool of procrastination. It can be an excuse to avoid interacting with your environment and the people around you. Using social media for unproductive purposes at unproductive lengths of time leads to unhealthy relationships, like Samantha’s, Momoko’s, and even mine. 

In spite of this, social media can also be used as a platform to spread positive messages and inspiration. It remains a good way to stay connected with friends who are close as well as far away and communicate with people you care about. Using social media for these purposes leads to healthy relationships, like Sophia’s and Annica’s. 

To truly appreciate the good parts of social media, it is important to engage with it mindfully and become less reliant on it. For those looking to shift their current relationship, Annica had a few thoughts: “I would say find other hobbies that make you happy and give you the same satisfaction as social media would.” Replacing the impulse to reach for social media with doing something else reduces time wasted and makes the time you do spend on it more meaningful and useful. Additionally, it gives you chances to learn new skills and interact with new people and new communities, contributing to a healthy state of mind and a healthier relationship with social media.  

I want to use this holiday season as an opportunity to put down my phone and spend time wrapping presents with my friends and family, rather than wrapped up in social media. I encourage you to do the same! 

Interview with Sierra Kruse, ETP Northwest's Summer Intern!

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By Heidi Osaki, Oregon Children’s Theatre Young Professional

Sierra Kruse is a senior at Tigard High School and a 4th year Young Professional at Oregon Children’s Theatre. She interned this summer with Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program and as a part of her internship, performed in Dancetastic at Oaks Park, a comedy for families about making healthy choices.

Heidi Osaki: How did you hear about the Educational Theatre Program?

Sierra Kruse: Pat Moran (ETP/OCT guest director/collaborator), has been talking to me for years about applied theater and what that means, and Katie McClanan, one of my good pals, did this internship last summer and so she sent me information on this internship and was like ‘hey this is something you should check out, you would really like this.’

H.O.: What did your internship with ETP entail? Was it just doing Dancetastic?

S.K.: I was hired on for Dancetastic and that was the main thing, but then as the summer went on they referred me for Fragments which was a staged reading at a Hospice day of grieving for families that had gone through loss. It was an incredible experience. And then after that I got added on to another staged reading for another ETP show Above Between Below. So it was a growing experience.

H.O.: What was the performance internship like? What was the process for doing Dancetastic?

S.K.: It was crazy because I had never been put into a show before. I'd always started with a show from the very beginning. But I think what was most staggering was like, oh my goodness these are these two incredibly talented people who are adults and they do comedy for a living and they already know the show and I’m just here learning. I had to adjust to being like, oh it's okay to ask questions and it's okay to be the slower one, and as soon as I kind of embraced that and was a little bit less harsh on myself, it was so much fun

H.O.: So you said from Dancetastic you went on to do the show at Hospice and another staged reading, did it bring on any other opportunities in addition to that?

S.K.: Those were the ones that mostly appeared; it was any opportunity that they could get a youth voice on, and that's why Above Between Below came up. It was about middle schoolers, and they had an entirely adult cast performing it and they were like, we need a youth person in the room to like talk about this and give us feedback and keep the conversation going about what it is to be young today.

H.O.: Were there any parts from your summer with ETP that particularly stood out or you thought were especially rewarding?

S.K.: Ok well Fragments was the most rewarding theatre experience I've ever had. We did this show that was basically about processing grief called Fragments and we drove down to Salem in a car with me, one other YP, and some adult actors, and we performed for families that had lost a family member. We had a talkback afterwards and we got to spend time with the families and the fact that they really connected to the words, I was like this is what theatre is about, this is what I am here for. That's what I’m most passionate about and to get to be able to apply it after talking about wanting to do that for so long is the most exciting thing. It was pretty cool.

H.O.: Was there anything surprising or unexpected?

S.K.: I was constantly surprised by Dancetastic. Like it's mostly just kind of hilarious. You're performing this ridiculous show for a great number of children and the kids would say the darndest things. I think I told you about the girl who came up to me and was like ‘is it true that you really don't like exercise?’ It was just a lot of audience interaction. And then I’d never dealt with a show that had a rotating cast. Halfway through the summer I switched from doing Dancetastic with Emily to doing Dancetastic with Jeff, and readjusting to Jeff and what our styles were together and who our comedic duo was - it was fun.

H.O.: Do you want to highlight any other major takeaways or things that have stuck with you?

S.K.: I think my major takeaway was that you're in the room for a reason, and all theater is meant for different audiences. I did Dancetastic, which is a crazy comedy show about exercise, Fragments, which was a very serious show about grief, and then Above Between Below, which dealt with bullying in middle school, which were all very drastically different shows. But all of them are about helping people; and so to be like, why am I in this room, what can I bring to this, and why are we doing this... I think I will now bring these three questions to all the work that I do. I definitely have more of a community-oriented mind when it comes to theatre after this.

H.O.: Did your experience with ETP have an influence on what you want to do in the future?

S.K.: Yeah, so, I went into it being like, maybe I want to do theatre and applied theatre, but I don’t know how I’m going to navigate my love for community. Like, I don’t know what I'm going to do, but after doing this I realized that there is an in-between. It was just really encouraging to see people who are making a living off of helping people, and doing it through theatre.

H.O.: Did you expect to figure that out when you went into the internship?

S.K.: I was very hopeful as soon as I met Tamara. I talked to them about their applied theatre experience in my first interview and we had totally a kindred spirits moment of being like, you love this, I love this, that's so exciting. So I definitely did not apply to it with that thought, but as soon as I met them, I was like, ok I’m on the right path, I'm in the right place, you know, this company is working in the way that I want to.

H.O.: You were obviously involved through theatre and being onstage but are there any other ways you see youth being involved in ETP?

S.K.: A year ago we had the youth advisory board for ETP and it didn't really take off, but I think it was a great idea, and I think maybe a smaller scale version of it is something we should do in the future. So basically it was YPs that were invited, and I think we can open it up to people that aren't YPs, to meet and talk about what health issues they want to hear about. It was really cool to sit around the table and be like, this is what people want to hear about and there is a need for this.

H.O.: Do you want to see that come back?

S.K.: I would love to see that come back. I think it would be super helpful for ETP in catering their theatre to their audience. ‘Cause they do a lot of stuff for younger like elementary school and middle schools but I think this type of theatre is just as important for high schoolers.

H.O.: Are there other opportunities you would like to see in ETP or even be part of?

S.K.: Yeah, I would love to be a part of any type of class that they wanted to take that was informing people. One of the things I took away was the fact that there are jobs in this. I would love to just go to a forum and talk about the connection between community and theater, the connection between health and theater, like, what is educational theater? Literally what is that. Even a presentation to the YPs, like I would go to that.

H.O.: And for you, right now, what’s next for you, what are you up to?

S.K.: I’m currently working very heavily with my school's student government. I'm the vice president at Tigard so I run our student council, making sure that our students get heard and then I’m our city-to-school liaison and then I run some clubs. I run GEM, which is gender equality movement and we talk about gender equality and women’s rights, and then I also help run astronomy club and then I’m also a part of NHS which is our national honors society, and I do a lot of work with representing LGBTQ voices there. I do quite a bit. And then I’m applying to school. I’m trying to apply to school for theatre. A lot of the schools I'm looking at I could potentially double major in theater and something a little more social justice-y.

H.O.: So definitely tying together all these interests and culminating into one grand thing?

S.K.: Yes, definitely, ‘cause one will end up being my day job, whether it will end up being community engagement or theatre, and then I'll do the other one at nights or on the weekends so I'm not leaving either behind.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.