Theatre Department - Acting and Musical Theatre Performance | Assistant Professor Tenure-Track

Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 21, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Theatre Department is seeking a skilled and dedicated theatre professional to fill a full-time, tenure track faculty position to begin Fall 2021.

This position will teach several BFA Musical Theatre and Acting courses; general education Art of Theatre courses; as well as director or music director for two productions per year in our growing BFA Acting program and newly renovated performance facilities.

The Theatre Department at SRU is a well-established undergraduate program offering a BFA degree in Acting (with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Acting), as well as BA degrees in Acting, Theatre Arts Management, Theatre Studies, and Design & Technology. Our department focuses on producing contemporary and new work as well as boldly inventive adaptations of the classics.

The candidate will be expected to assume a leading role in the successful development of, continuing implementation of, and recruitment for the new BFA Acting program, especially the Musical Theatre concentration, and to assist in professional and community outreach, and networking. The candidate will also be expected to assist in the mentoring of students and to advance the visibility and reputation of the department and university.

Successful applicants must demonstrate commitment to teaching, scholarly activity, and service excellence. Application materials should offer evidence of successful strategies and/or experience in engaging students beyond the classroom.

A commitment to diversity, collaboration, collegiality, and excellent communication and organizational skills are essential.


  • Teaching responsibilities: Three (3) courses per semester. Courses may include:
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Acting for Song I
  • Acting for Song II
  • Fundamentals of Acting
  • Auditioning for Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Repertory
  • Senior Showcase
  • Musicianship for Musical Theatre
  • Art of the Theatre
  • Voice for the Actor (non-singing course)
  • (May also include upper-level acting courses such as IPA/Dialects and Acting Technique) 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Direction or Music Direction of two Main stage productions per year (workload equivalency)
  • Student academic advising and mentoring
  • Program recruitment and advancement



  • A terminal degree (i.e. MFA, PhD) in acting, directing, musical theatre, or closely-related field;
  • 5-7 years of recent professional experience as a performer or director as demonstrated via curriculum vitae and/or professional resume’;
  • Evidence of substantive professional and/or educational specializations in acting and musical theatre as demonstrated via transcripts, teaching experience, and/or curriculum vitae.
  • Active participation in related professional organization(s) such as AEA, MTEA, SETC, VASTA, ATHE, KCACTF, SCDC, etc.).
  • Commitment to the education of diverse populations.
  • Successful performance in an interview and teaching demonstration.


  • College-level teaching experience. At least 3 years teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate level is preferred;
  • A broad knowledge of acting and vocal techniques is desirable.
  • Ability to sight-read music;
  • Training in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) and/or Estill Voice Training (EVT)