Gallo Center Youth Academy Teacher

Reports to: Arts Educations Programs Manager

About The Gallo Center for the Arts

The Gallo Center for the Arts (GCA) is a state-of-the-art performing arts complex located in the heart of vibrant downtown Modesto, CA. The Gallo Center houses two performance venues— the 1248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 440-seat Foster Family Theater. The mission of the Gallo Center is to enrich the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national, and international cultural activities illuminate, educate, and entertain. The Gallo Center celebrates the diversity of our community by offering an array of cultural opportunities designed to appeal and be accessible to all. For more information about the Gallo Center for the Arts, please visit GalloArts.org.

About Gallo Center Arts Education

The Gallo Center’s Arts Education Department works to provide motivating performing arts experiences for the youth of the San Joaquin Valley through programming available to school partners and the community. From live performances to hands on learning opportunities, all Gallo Center Arts Education programs offer students an opportunity to be illuminated, educated and entertained. At the Gallo Center, we believe that an arts education should also accessible, relevant and creatively inspiring.

About Gallo Center Youth Academy

Gallo Center Youth Academy is an afterschool musical theater program for students in grades 1-8. Through a unique ten-week semester, students receive both practical training and curriculum based performing arts teaching as they develop their individual craft alongside an ensemble of their peers. Each semester culminates in a musical theater production presented in the Foster Family Theater. Gallo Center Youth Academy is a partnership of Gallo Center for the Arts and Stanislaus County Office of Education.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Arts Educations Programs Manager, a GCYA teacher is responsible for lesson planning, classroom instruction and co-direction of the pre-approved musical. An ideal candidate is available for multiple semesters and is interested in being part of a team that will help grow and develop the program. This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Create a musical theater ten-week lesson plan appropriate for 1st-5th graders and 6th-8th graders that reflects California State Art Standards
  • Instruct a musical theater ten-week lesson plan appropriate for 1st-5th graders and 6th-8th graders that reflects California State Art Standards
  • Co-teach lesson plans with music teacher
  • Work independently and with co-teacher on day to day class instruction ensuring the class and production stays on schedule
  • Co-direct a 45-60 minute musical over the course of a ten-week semester
  • Communicate regularly with Arts Education Programs Manager on classroom and production needs
  • Attend bi-weekly production meetings
  • Facilitate classroom management
  • Engage in discussions with Director of Arts Education and Programs Manager about long term goals for the program and help implement these goals

General Requirements

An ideal candidate exemplifies the following qualities:

  • Upbeat, positive and has a  desire to work with young students
  • Works well with others
  • Well organized
  • Communicates efficiently and effectively
  • Effective time management skills
  • Thrives in a collaborative team environment
  • Proven background in performing arts education (theater, music, and/or dance) for elementary through middle school students

Annual Schedule

  • Two (2), ten-week semesters (Fall and Spring)
    • Fall
      • August: Family Information Night
      • September-November: classes, tech week and performances
    • Spring
      • January: Family Information Night
      • January-April: classes, tech week and performances
  • Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • 1st-5th Grade 5:45-6:45
    • 6th-8th Grade 7-8:30
    • The last week of the semester is tech and performance week. Classes meet Monday-Saturday

Hourly Rate


How do I apply?

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document. All submissions should be emailed to Maggie Sniffen at msniffen@galloarts.org. No phone calls, please.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.