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Artistic Director/Instructor of Dance and Movement

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time
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Artistic Director/Instructor of Dance and Movement

Posting Number: R0003595
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University Theatre Department seeks a Part Time Artistic Director / Instructor of Dance and Movement. The Artistic Director/Instructor is responsible for curating a performance that may include student and/or guest artist choreographers to complement their own choreography within the production. The Artistic Director/Instructor also teaches 1-2 two-credit courses per semester that provide both theory and practice of contemporary movement and aesthetics, including but not limited to contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, improvisation, and theatre movement and composition.

The Artistic Director/Instructor is an experienced professional responsible for demonstrating and educating students on proper technique, history, and culture of dance. The ideal candidate will have a background in dance, as well as a recognized theatre movement discipline: tai chi, yoga, period styles, stage combat, physical comedy, acrobatics, mime, mask, and clowning; or any one of many body use or movement techniques or approaches: Lecoq, Decroux, Bartenieff, Laban, Michael Chekhov, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Meyerhold, Suzuki, Pilates, Williamson, Bioenergetics, Commedia dell'Arte, Martial Arts, Viewpoints, and RasaBoxes, or any other training.

Contract begins mid August 2021. Dance Concert auditions August 2021, opens November 2021.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions

The duties and responsibilities of this position include the following functions:
  • Teaches 1-2 classes per semester that provide both theory and practice of contemporary movement and aesthetics, including but not limited to Introduction to Dance Technique, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Intro & Appreciations to Dance Studies, Choreography, theatre movement and composition, jazz, and improvisation.
  • Works with faculty, staff, students, and guest artists to produce one main stage dance concert a year.
  • Set date and times for auditions and callbacks to work within the Theatre Department's production calendar.
  • Attends weekly production meetings for the Dance Concert.
  • Attends Company functions as they relate to the Dance Concert: design presentations, company run-throughs, strike, and other related events.
  • Checks in with guest, student, and resident choreographers during their rehearsals to observe process, provide feedback, and view final product.
  • Works with Theatre Department's manager and publicity team to coordinate co-pro opportunities related to the Dance Concert.
  • Creates program order within time frame to meet printing and publicity deadlines.
  • Attends all of tech process: cue-to-cue, tech, dress, previews, and opening. Attends each run-through and performance to facilitate warm-ups, check in with dancers for injuries, and assist students and choreographers in maintaining the integrity and morale of the Dance Concert.

Secondary Functions
  • Supports Theatre faculty in developing schedules and budgets for the main stage dance concert.
  • Other duties as necessary.

Job Scope

The AD/Instructor position requires a high degree of collaborative and technical skills as they engage the students in the creation and performance of dance at Willamette University Theatre. The position requires an exceptional level of coordination and visual attention for all job functions, and is exposed to typical hazards and environmental adversities standard in professional and academic dance/movement studios and performance venues. Functions are primarily performed indoors. Supervision is limited to students.

  • B.A. with two years professional movement and choreography experience required. Graduate degree in movement or dance preferred, complemented by any combination of education, training, or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions.
  • Proven skills necessary for the producing of an annual dance production.
  • Proficiency necessary to develop and teach a course in theatre movement, drawing from the aforementioned list of disciplines, or any combination thereof.
  • Proficiency necessary to develop and teach dance classes in contemporary movement and aesthetics, including but not limited to modern dance, jazz, ballet, improvisation, and composition.
  • Capacity to supervise multiple projects and multiple personnel involved in the annual dance concert.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with staff, faculty, and students.
  • This position is subject to a criminal background check.

About Willamette University

Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. Our beautiful, historic campus, located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: The College of Law, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Through small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative research, and a variety of programs to meet individual student objectives, we provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.

Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

​Incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions may be addressed to Jonathan Cole, Theatre Department Chair, at

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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