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Teach. Entertain. Inspire.

Why work for mainstages?

mainstages is an educational theater company for children. We've been running in-person programming and performances for schools, organizations, and camps across the country for over 15 years. Wherever there is an opportunity to foster creativity in kids, we're there.

There are two chief components to the work that we do; programming, where adult Teaching Artists teach kids and kids perform, and performances where adult performers travel across the country performing shows with children as the audience. No matter what we do, our content is always highly interactive and engaging, with a focus on the core values that are most important to children.

mainstages strives to create a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for both our staff and kids so everyone feels empowered to explore, play and be their authentic selves. We aim to “drop the mic” in our work; using entertainment to frame important life lessons for children grades pre-k through high school.

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Summer Camp Staff

mainstages has been placing Teaching Artists and Theater Directors in-person at day and sleepaway camps nationwide to lead theatrical programming for over 11 years.

Camp staff have the following responsibilities:

  • Teach theater one to four hours daily as part of selective and daily programming for children spanning in age from 3-16.
  • Direct and produce shows during the summer.
  • Collaborate positively with music, art, and dance specialists.
  • Serve as a bunk counselor with an assigned age group, when requested.
  • Commit for the entire duration of the camp contract.
This job requires a full immersion into camp life. You will be asked to commit for up to 8 weeks any time from early June to mid-August. College students and recent college grads are encouraged to apply!

In-Person Performers

In-Person Performers in mainstages interactive shows are passionate about bringing theater to diverse communities of children. We are looking for performers who are dynamic character actors with a contagious personality and innate ability to connect with children. Our performers bring an abundant amount of energy and excitement to every performance and facilitate a safe and inclusive space for all participants.

In-Person Teaching Artists

Teaching artists in mainstages after school programs are passionate about bringing theater to diverse communities of children at both public and private schools throughout Queens and Long Island, by teaching workshop classes, as well as facilitating and directing devised showcase productions and musical productions.

mainstages is committed to creating a network of staff that reflects the diversity of New York and strongly encourages people of color, all genders and identities to apply.

Our teaching artists bring an unparalleled level of joy, fun, and excitement to the classroom or rehearsal room every single time they show up, and have a unique ability to teach theater technique while incorporating important life lessons and values.


Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition.

I feel like mainstages gave me everything I needed in order to succeed at summer camp. Whatever surprises that came my way, I felt in control because I knew my goal and I had a strong support system ready to guide me towards success.

- Jonathan Sanz , Teaching Artist