Teach. Entertain. Inspire.

Why work for mainstages?

mainstages in 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 10 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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COVID-19 Safety Plan

mainstages is committed to ensuring our employees' safety as we return to in-person performances and programming.

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.

Time Commitment:

After School programs are typically held one day per week on weekday afternoons. Depending upon availability, you may be offered one or more afterschool programs on multiple weekdays.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Have experience directing youth theatre productions or teaching youth theatre classes in an afterschool and/or summer camp setting.
  • Have strong leadership skills
  • Have a lot of energy, and an ability to keep a fun vibe going even when children are tired
  • Are comfortable managing large groups of children
  • Are confident in their time management skills
  • Are organized and detail-oriented
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Are able to effectively communicate with families of the children they teach

Applicants should be able to self-report to Astoria, Queens for vehicle and supplies pickup, and those with access to a vehicle are also strongly encouraged to apply.


$100-200 per session depending on length. All teaching artists are considered independent contractors.

We offer flexible scheduling, high per diem rates, and other growth opportunities.

In-Person Performers

Performers rehearse and act in adult performances for kids including playing multiple characters in interactive performances and hosting interactive Game Shows. We are looking for dynamic character actors with a contagious personality and an innate ability to connect with children.

Performers have the following responsibilities:

  • Represent mainstages at interactive performances and game shows.
  • Arrive at performances on time and communicate with mainstages in a timely manner.
  • Greet and interact with audiences of all ages in a professional manner.
  • Understand setup & breakdown including Audio, Visual, & Display.


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

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!

We are not currently hiring for this position.

Virtual Performer & Entertainer

mainstages has figured out a unique formula for virtual variety shows on ZOOM and now runs upwards of 40 virtual shows per week!

An Ideal Candidate for Virtual Performer & Entertainer:

  • You are a master of technology who can simultaneously monitor the chat, spotlight participants, troubleshoot, and launch a poll.
  • You are an expert mimic, able to see something being performed and instantly copy the energy, vibe, and style.
  • You are a believer in “Operation email inbox 0,” committed to communication and responsibility.
  • You are Captain Flexible, able to roll with the punches and modify on the fly.
  • You have a slew of skills that you think will translate to exciting, engaging online experiences for kids.

We are not currently hiring for this position.