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Assistant/Associate Professor in Musical Theatre Directing

Company: Emerson College
Location: Boston
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Job Description:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Musical Theatre Directing The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a
tenure-track Assistant Professor position or tenured Associate
Professor position in Directing Musical Theatre. The appointment
begins August 23, 2018. The Department seeks candidates who can
contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic
community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and
outside of the classroom in addition to traditional creative work,
teaching, and service.
Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and
ongoing engagement with diversity-in people, in the curriculum, in
the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social,
cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a
framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that
institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity
in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to
strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering
the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for
meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic
The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's
leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage
management, and theatre education. With a team of 90 full- and
part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls
550 students in nine distinct undergraduate programs and
one graduate program. The department offers BFA degrees
in Theatre, Theatre Education, Theatre Design Technology,
Stage & Screen Design Technology, Stage & Production
Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre & Performance, and
Theatre Education & Performance; general education courses in
theatre studies; and an MA degree in Theatre Education.
Emerson Stage, the production organization within the
department, produces eight to ten fully staged major productions
annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities
available to our students through curricular projects, student
theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the College's professional
presenting company.
The department currently enrolls 61 BFA Musical Theatre majors
with 4 full and 9 part-time faculty members. The individual in this
position will work closely with the Head of the Musical Theatre
Program to assist in curriculum and represent the College,
Department and program in donor and showcase activities,
recruitment efforts, and administrative/service meetings. Basic
information on the program is available at:

Emerson College is the nation's only four-year institution
dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a
liberal arts context. It is located in Boston's Literary
Cultural District in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in
close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and
research centers. The college enrolls 3,783 undergraduate
students and 641 graduate students from 71 countries and all 50
The ideal candidate will have a master's (preferred) or
bachelor's degree and significant professional experience in
musical theatre directing and teaching experience at the college
level in a diverse college community. Candidates should have a
demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from
diverse communities and cultures; a thorough knowledge of musical
theatre history and repertoire including both traditional and
contemporary works; working knowledge of prominent acting training
systems from non-musical theatre; a demonstrated ability to
organize studios and productions effectively; and excellent
communication skills.
The department seeks candidates with active and current
connections to the industry and professional organizations
particularly in New York and Los Angeles. A record of successful
coaching for national unified auditions is preferred. Candidates
with keyboard and/or sight-reading skills are desired. The
successful candidate will be expected to maintain or develop
professional work and research on a national scale.
Responsibilities include:
Teaching five courses each year in musical theatre
performance-scene study, solo and audition techniques-particularly
focused on contemporary styles and new works from underrepresented
artists; directing for the musical theatre; exploring new
playwrights and new voices, and related areas of the candidate's
strengths. In addition to classroom teaching the successful
candidate will participate in academic advising, mentor students
for professional careers, actively recruit prospective students
through a nationwide audition process, direct for Emerson Stage,
serve on Department, School and College-wide committees, and assist
the Head of the Musical Theatre Program with curriculum development
and donor and showcase activities. A strong commitment to
undergraduate education beyond the classroom is essential.
To Apply:
Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita,
and the names and contact information for three references to the
online faculty employment web page at .
Preference will be given to applications received by November 1,
but the position remains open until filled.

Category: Education , Keywords: Theatre - Associate Professor

Keywords: Emerson College, Weymouth, Assistant/Associate Professor in Musical Theatre Directing, Other, Boston, Massachusetts

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