Assistant Professor Drama/Theatre Arts - Technical Director

Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Professor Drama/Theatre Arts - Technical Director, UNLV Theatre [R0124212]



Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.  For more information, visit us on line at:



The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.



The Department of Theatre at University of Nevada, Las Vegas seeks applicants for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor to lead its professional graduate and undergraduate technical direction program. Candidates with a record of professional engagement and academic experience, and who shows continued creative practice are strongly encouraged to apply.

We seek candidates whose pursuit of artistic excellence, innovative vision and creative energy will enable an elevated and effective engagement within a highly committed, vibrant and culturally diverse community of students, teachers, artists and scholars in UNLV’s  Department of Theatre, the College of Fine Arts and across the University.

The successful candidate will teach, recruit and mentor students, contribute towards the development of an active production season, advance the reputation/visibility of the University nationally and internationally, and promote the department’s professional technical direction program as a vital part of the arts and entertainment offerings at UNLV.


Candidates with a M.F.A in Technical Direction and/or equivalent professional experience will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of topics that may include: drafting, structural engineering, rigging, welding, rigging, specialized stage fabrication, and automation. Candidates must show evidence of budgeting, time management, excellent communication skills, and an understanding of best practices in theatre safety. Demonstrated experience with curricular development a plus.


Responsibilities:  Teaching experience at the university/college in undergraduate and/or graduate curricula is preferred.

Other responsibilities may include the following:

  • Oversight of area of Technical Direction for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre
  • Advise BA students in technical direction
  • Advise MFA students in Technical direction as well as chairs Thesis projects
  • Serve on School, College, and University committees as assigned
  • Maintain active national and international creative activity/research profile in area(s) of specialization, leading to tenure and promotion



This position requires an MFA in Theatre from a regionally accredited college or university and evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.



Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding. 

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada State Legislature during the 31st Special Legislative Session, employees are required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction in compensation from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.


Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on April 12 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Brackley Frayer, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or



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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.



UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.