Drama Teacher

Taylor Stai

Job Description

  • Plan and conduct workshops and courses
  • Use different teaching methods and acting exercises
  • Provide students with constructive feedback
  • May specialize in voice work, coaching child actors, or other areas
  • Self-employed instructors find their own clients

Working Conditions

  • May work indoors, in schools, or in studios
  • Hours can vary widely depending on where you work or how many classes you teach
  • Evening and weekend work is common
  • Work with any number of students
  • Besides their students, drama teachers may work with parents or other acting instructors


  • Instructors who work for schools are usually paid annual salary
  • Professor at a four-year college makes between $40,000 to $100,000 a year or more
  • Teachers in an elementary or secondary schools make between $35,000 to $75,000 a year
  • Earnings for teachers who work in private schools vary widely


  • Training and experience as an actor
  • A bachelors degree and a teacher education program are required to teach at a school
  • A masters degrees or PhD is required to teach at a college
  • Illinois State University has a specific theater education program

What People Like

  • laughter
  • seeing students progress
  • sense of community
  • not having a boss and setting your own hours

What People Don't Like

  • hard field to make a living in
  • no job security
  • constantly being judged and judging yourself
  • pay scale