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Instructor of Theatre Arts, Scenic and Lighting Design

Murray State University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
May 3, 2024

Job Details

This is a full-time, nine moth Instructor position.

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The instructor will design two-three theatre productions per semester and teach two classes per semester from which may include: scenic design, lighting design, other design-related courses, and a general education course. The faculty member will supervise, advise, and mentor students in the department, as well as, assist in preparation for job interviews, conference attendance, and other professional situations. The department utilizes two theatres (350-seat proscenium, 60-seat black box), one scene shop, one paint shop area, and various classroom facilities. Instructors are required to perform service within the department, and train student workers in Lovett Auditorium, a large auditorium used for various events, twice per semester in the areas of lighting and sound.  Most events in the auditorium require microphones and general stage lighting.

Minimum Education Requirements:
MA or MFA in Design, Scenic and/or Lighting, is required.

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:
  • Previous experience teaching theatre students is required.
  • Computer-aided drafting (Vectorworks preferred) and rendering/ skills, sketching, rendering and drafting are required both as a member of the production team as well as required in the Instructor's teaching assignments.
  • Strong scene painting skills, props and set dressing skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work as a hands-on member of a tight production team are required.
  • Experience working and collaborating as a member of a production team is required.
  • Mentoring skills are required.

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications:
Proven experience and skills in both scenic and lighting are necessary though the candidates work as a scenic designer makes an emphasis in scenic design and solid experience with lighting design preferred. Strong scenic artist paint, and supervisory skills. Experience building or designing for the camera is a plus. 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.


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