Assistant/Associate/Professor of Theatre and Drama, Directing

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

 ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE. As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance  (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and  dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as means of achieving and sustaining excellence.



University Productions (UProd) presents ten fully produced curricular mainstage shows each year, serving the departments of Theatre & Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Voice in three different venues. Of these ten, the Department of Theatre & Drama presents 4-5 productions per year. These productions are directed by faculty and guest directors, and crewed by students. Additional faculty, guests, and theatre students complete the creative production teams. Undergraduate Design & Production majors work as stage managers, shop assistants, and technicians for each production; some advanced students may design costumes, sets, sound or lighting for these productions. UProd manages all of the professionally staffed production shops.



The Department of Theatre & Drama seeks an open rank tenure track faculty position in Directing. The ideal candidate possesses robust experiences as a theatre director and an understanding of collaborative production practices. The Department is committed to the values of anti-racism and social justice in its theatrical practice and pedagogy.  We seek to redefine how we train students for the future of our evolving profession. Our program commits to inquiry and self-assessment, ongoing dialogue, and to actions that lead to equitable theatre processes.

Duties: Teach the advanced Directing course sequence; direct for the curricular season; recruit, retain and mentor up to 16 undergraduate Directing majors (4 per cohort); develop and teach additional courses or seminars in related areas based on individual skills, research interests and experience, coupled with departmental strategy; prepare syllabi and course materials, assess student work, and assign and submit student grades. As Head of the Directing concentration: work in partnership with other area heads (Performance/ Acting, Design and Production, Theatre Studies) to support the Chair of the Dept. of Theatre and Drama in recruiting, scholarship allocation, curriculum development and strategic departmental planning; serve as advisor to each cohort of directing majors; assign assistant directing positions; mentor seniors on their theses projects and for post-graduation preparedness.


The appointee will be expected to: demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence, create an innovative curriculum for a broad range of students of varied identities and backgrounds who seek to explore a range of educational opportunities and career pathways; recruit and retain students of exceptional promise, and develop and maintain a visible national and international profile as a theatre director and a pedagogue. The appointee will also be expected to: participate in faculty governance, attend faculty meetings, and serve on faculty and university committees as appropriate.




Demonstrated ability to empower, advocate for, and value a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through theatrical practice, pedagogy, mentoring, and related activities; terminal degree [significant professional directing experience in lieu of a terminal degree may be considered]; demonstrated ability and experience directing for the stage; evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level or equivalent excellence in teaching related experiences; ability to teach a full range of Directing courses offered in a BFA curriculum; ability to relate to and collaborate with students and colleagues in a university environment; demonstrated supervisory and collaborative abilities; ability to adhere to production timelines; superlative organizational practices, time management skills, and communication skills.






Experience with directing, amplifying, and uplifting works by, with, and for global majority playwrights; demonstrated experience with new play development.



Rank: Open, Tenure-Track


To Apply:


To apply, please visit Interfolio at Materials are only being accepted via Interfolio. Required documents to be uploaded are: letter of interest; curriculum vitae; evidence of professional and teaching activities (ex: links to work, professional website, portfolio); statement of teaching philosophy; a list of at least five references with contact information. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance situates diversity as a core value and is dedicated to promoting access, equity, and inclusion for all individuals. In your application, please include a statement that describes how your research, creative activities, teaching, and/or service in the past, present, and/or future will advance the School's commitments.


Please ensure you upload documents to the position for which you are applying and not to your personal Interfolio account.


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