Build a Career as a Theater Arts Teacher

You like kids, and you have a passion for teaching. But the thought of being cooped up in a classroom all day breathing chalk dust makes you long for a cubicle to call your own. Or maybe you've been stuck in a sound booth as an audio recording technician while voice actors get to have all the fun. Want to combine your love of the arts with your passion for teaching kids? You can make a valuable contribution to a younger generation of up and coming entertainers. And they need you now more than ever.

Schools across the country are facing budget cuts that are causing them to do away with programs that were once integral parts of the curriculum. Music and physical education classes have been on the chopping block for years. Now it's theater arts and drama classes. Sports programs are the last ones to go, if they go at all, because they're usually big moneymakers for schools, and lead to the most scholarship opportunities.

But that means unless a kid is a jock, not only does he or she have to find an alternative way to pay for their college education, they have to find something else to do with their time while they're still in middle and high school. Somehow, putting on a backyard play just isn't the same as getting up on a stage and performing for the community.

Parents and students do what they can to raise money for theater programs, but they can only do so much, and it's usually not enough to sustain the programs beyond one school year. While raising the money is an admirable pursuit, it also means less time for the kids to be engaged in theater-related activities, less time for homework, and less time to just be a kid. Going to school all week, and spending the weekend raking leaves or holding bake sales doesn't give kids much time to enjoy the very thing they're raising money for.

Because so many schools are now lacking theater arts programs, and because raising the money on their own can be overwhelming, students and parents are looking for alternatives. That's where you come in.

Theater arts schools have become more important to communities as they replace dying school programs. Alongside those schools are independent theater arts teachers who take on either small classes, or work one-on-one with kids. It just depends on whether you want to run a small business, or join an existing school as an employee.

Another option is opening a franchise of a recognized theater arts school. Running a franchise is similar to running a small business, but you have the support of the company behind you. Franchises usually require a substantial up-front investment, though.

The point is, if you want to teach kids how to sing, dance, act, direct, or do anything else in the theater arts, you don't have to limit yourself to middle or high schools. Theater arts schools offer the perfect environment for nurturing talented kids, giving them a healthy outlet, and providing a good foundation should they choose to pursue theater arts in college or beyond.

Sarah Stockton is an Outreach Coordinator for, a site connects businesses with professional voice talents. She enjoys helping potential voice talent find their start in the voice industry.