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Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre – University of Utah

University of Utah


Label Info
Type Paid
Union status Non-Union
Location Salt Lake City, UT
Start July 1, 2023
Compensation $65k-75k annually

Job Description

The University of Utah Department of Theatre invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member (assistant or associate professor) to lead our nationally-recognized Musical Theatre Program. We seek candidates with expertise in directing and acting for musical theatre whose teaching and ongoing creative or scholarly research engages with inclusive, identity-conscious, or anti-racist theatre-making and/or culturally responsive theatre practices that address race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, or religion. The successful applicant will teach several classes per year in acting for musical theatre, serve as the Area Head for the Musical Theatre Program, and may have opportunities to direct in the main-stage season. This position requires active departmental participation, including curriculum development, recruitment, student advising, and season planning. In addition, this person must maintain a robust agenda of creative or scholarly research.

Professional Qualifications:

Terminal degree in theatre or an allied field, or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments in the field

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

Experience as a faculty member in higher education
Record of ongoing creative or scholarly research in musical theatre practice that is regionally or nationally recognized and shows potential for continued growth
History of supporting, teaching, and/or mentoring emerging artists in the classroom or the field
Preference will be given to candidates with

Experience of curriculum assessment and development
Minimum 3 years of experience as a full-time faculty member in higher education
Strong organizational and leadership skills
Evidence of commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity
Salary range is $65,000-75,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the position includes a full university benefits package.

Start Date: July 2023

Department Information: Housed in the newly remodeled Price Theatre Arts Building, the department’s mission is to prepare students to join the broader community of theatre practitioners and scholars, conduct research that is both innovative and rigorous, and to engage and serve our community in and through theatre. Our vision is to build a community that supports play and creative risk-taking and that honors different cultures, experiences, and perspectives. We engage in a continuous process of reviewing, revising, and developing curriculum, policies, and practices that support and advance our vision, including establishing consent-based practices in the classroom and rehearsal hall, developing transparent and equitable work-load policies for faculty, and adopting inclusive season selection and casting practices. Our performance spaces include a 125-seat black box, a 99-seat studio space, and, as of fall 2023, a state of the art 375-seat thrust that can be configured as a proscenium. Faculty and students frequently work at Pioneer Theatre Company, a professional theatre housed on the University of Utah campus. For more information, visit our website: .

To inquire about this posting, email: [email protected] or call 801-581-2300.

How to Apply

Apply Online with:

Cover letter (addressed to Search Committee Chair Professor Sarah Shippobotham) addressing your approach to teaching and directing in an undergraduate educational setting, professional and scholarly work trajectory, and engagement with diversity and inclusion and consent-based practice in your work in academic or professional theatre settings.

Curriculum vitae

Names and contact information for three professional or academic references (letters will be required of applicants who advance to the campus interview)