Education & Community Programs



Teaching artists and educational performers

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is currently accepting applications from talented Teaching Artists and Educational Performers across multiple art disciplines to join the Arts Teach roster as freelance independent contractors.

The Center offers education programs designed to engage and inspire people of all ages—particularly young people—while increasing access to the arts as part of a well-rounded and equitable education. Arts Teach is one of the nation’s preeminent and most robust rosters of teaching artists, providing the highest-quality arts assemblies, workshops, and residencies that celebrate cultural diversity, make connections to core curriculum, and aid students in the development of 21st century skills. By presenting programs at affordable rates to schools and community organizations throughout Orange County and Southern California, it is our ambition to serve every corner of our community. As we strive to excel in all avenues of arts education, our partnerships with local teaching artists make such excellence possible.

If you are a talented artist with a passion for education and have a residency or assembly program prepared or in development, we invite you to apply! 


  • Develop and present standards-based educational arts residencies to elementary-level students that synthesize and stimulate creative practices.
  • Present arts and cultural programs in an authentic manner and have a thorough knowledge of their history, background, and context.
  • Address the learning needs of diverse student populations.
  • Represent Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a positive and professional manner; work collaboratively with Arts Teach staff and amongst multiple school community stakeholders, including classroom teachers, parents, administration, and donors.


  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge, expertise, and passion for a performing art.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a school environment and with various school community constituents.
  • Possess strong English communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Exhibit a warm, respectful, and trustworthy rapport with students, teachers, and/or audiences.
  • Availability during school hours with advance notice and flexibility in scheduling
  • Adaptable to a wide range of teaching conditions.
  • Have reliable and consistent means of communication and transportation.
  • Pass a federal-level background check via live scan fingerprinting.
  • Teaching Artists must routinely lift, push, pull, or carry art supplies, equipment, instruments, and classroom furniture weighing up to 40 lbs. Must also bend, twist, reach, stand, and/or sit for long periods of time
  • Two years of experience performing and/or teaching in a public-school environment (preferred).
  • Experience with English Language Learners and students with special needs (preferred).

HOURS/COMPENSATION: Freelance work not guaranteed; time commitment based on program type (residency or assembly) and school need. Compensation to be determined.
We are looking for residency teaching artists as well as assembly educational performers. Please follow the application instructions below for the program type that best fits your offering(s).
RESIDENCIES: A residency is a series of hands-on workshops that typically have multiple class sessions per day, one day per week, for several weeks.
Please send a current resume and sample lesson plan to The sample can be in the form of a written outline for a 6-8 week residency AND/OR a link to a video clip of you teaching or describing your lesson plan. Use the email subject line “RESIDENCY ARTIST APPLICATION.”
ASSEMBLIES: An assembly is a 45-50 minute educational performance.
Please send a current resume and sample performance proposal to The sample can be in the form of a written outline AND/OR a link to a video clip of you performing your program. Use the email subject line “ASSEMBLY ARTIST APPLICATION.”

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