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Assistant Professor of Instruction Stage Management

Northwestern University Department of Theatre
Evanston, Illinois
Competitive, depending on qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Oct 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Instruction Stage Management

(Non-Tenure Eligible)

The Department of Theatre at Northwestern University is searching for a non-tenure eligible faculty member, at the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction, with a focus on Stage Management. We seek to recruit an individual engaged in impactful and visionary lines of research and practice related to advancing the field and inclusive, collaborative theatre practices. We welcome applicants with expertise in areas including leadership, teaching, mentorship, stage management and production management but not limited to theatre (film, corporate events, opera, dance, experimental theatre). Our intention is to recruit individuals with a track record of or potential for developing cutting-edge programmatic research to move the field forward. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the undergraduate stage management program and mentor stage managers, theatre managers and support the run crews within the department. Our department has strong ties to multiple research entities, providing a strong infrastructure to support translational research, and collaborations across disciplines.

Preferred Start Date: September 1, 2023


  1. A passion for teaching and empowering the next generation of leaders in Stage Management
  2. Expertise and contributions to the field (theatre, dance, opera, experimental theatre, etc.)
  3. Demonstrated excellence in inclusive and collaborative theatre practices
  4. Past or current member of any theatre Union or Association (SMA, USITT, AEA, AGMA, IATSE, etc.)
  5. An advanced degree or strong professional accomplishments


  • Teach six undergraduate courses a year
  • Mentor undergraduate stage managers
  • Serve on departmental committees
  • Collaborate on new and existing courses within the Theatre Department and the School of Communication

Salary: Competitive, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application procedure: Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission here ( Please including the following materials in your application: a cover letter describing your teaching, research/practice interests and experience, a current vita, three contacts for letters of recommendation, two work samples, and a teaching portfolio including teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and other relevant materials. Forward questions to the Search Committee Chair, Barbara Butts (

The School: The School of Communication has five departments and offers a suite of interdisciplinary undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs. The departments span the communication arts and sciences including the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Department of Theatre (which includes music theatre and dance). The faculty of over 180 includes 99 tenure-eligible faculty. The school offers instruction to roughly 1000 undergraduate majors and 650 graduate and professional students. Founded over 144 years ago, the School has been a leader in developing the communication disciplines and professions, and continues to be a center of excellence in the communication arts and sciences. Our current Dean is E. Patrick Johnson (

The University: Northwestern University is one of the nation’s largest private research universities. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the main campus is in Evanston and the medical campus is 12 miles south in downtown Chicago. There is continuing expansion of University facilities and programs, particularly in the sciences and medicine. Diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities abound on and near each campus.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by the deadline, but review of applications may continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates ( website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law (



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