Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a

Teaching Artist



This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT), a classically-based professional ballet company established in 1989 in Portland, Oregon. The company performs an annual season of programs while participating in many community events, as well as regional and national touring. OBT has grown from being a respected regional company to one of national significance, and developed a reputation for breaking the boundaries of what people expect from a night at the ballet. The OBT School is recognized as one of the premiere ballet schools in the country. OBT’s work in dance education includes a far-reaching community engagement program, connecting with students and adults throughout the Portland metropolitan region and Oregon. OBT is supported by an actively engaged Board, respected executive leadership, 250 committed and talented staff, healthy finances, and a pre-pandemic budget approaching $9 million.


OBT is committed to the vitality of ballet as an art form that is accessible to everyone. We seek people who have lived, volunteer and/or have professional experience partnering, communicating, and engaging with communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other communities.


OBT Education and Community Engagement (E/CE) is seeking professional part-time Teaching Artists who are compassionate and energetic to share dance with school partners and the community. An ideal candidate is engaging with students, skilled in classroom management, a clear communicator and positive representative of OBT in the community. E/CE is interested in sharing many forms of dance, a foundation in creative movement and ballet is also desired. Our school and community partners are all over Portland metro and beyond. Reliable transportation is essential. Candidates should have a significant desire for community work, have good references, and be willing to teach a sample class as part of the interview process.
Summer part-time teaching hours will be available with a need for teaching artists in the fall.


Submit a cover letter, resume or CV to sarah.brown@obt.org. Please include your basic teaching philosophy and style, and what skills and strengths you hope to bring to E/CE. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.. Please review and download full description of position.