The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa invites applicants for a full-time tenure track acting faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate level beginning Fall 2021. We seek an artist who is passionate about teaching, collaborating, and who is committed to partnering with the faculty to continue reshaping our program to be inclusive and diverse. Additionally, we seek an individual who embraces innovation in stage, screen and digital media.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate acting courses in action-based techniques such as but not limited to Meisner, Susan Batson, or other contemporary techniques. Courses will be determined by the needs of the program and the candidate's specialties such as Acting for the Camera, Career Preparation, Shakespeare, Digital Media and other contemporary methodologies. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to mentor talent in the early years of their professional development. The position requires the ability to understand, communicate and effectively interact with people across cultures both inside and outside the classroom.
Faculty play an active part of our production season; coaching, directing, regularly advising and responding to students' production work, serving on graduate actor thesis committees, assisting with undergraduate and graduate recruitment, and participating in departmental and university service responsibilities. Professional creative work outside the university and/or research/publication is expected.
The ideal candidate will have a substantial record of creative work at the professional level and strong ties to the profession
We are committed to fostering voices reflecting the diverse cultural makeup of our community; candidates of color, differently abled, and gender non-conforming, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications should include a cover letter indicating interest and a current CV, contact information for three professional references and a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); candidates may include a link to their website or equivalent online presence as additional information but it is not required.
Desired Scholarly Impact
The Professor of Acting provides a high level of teaching and production experience that benefits undergraduate and graduate students planning careers in a highly competitive field. As the lead acting instructor for the department, the individual will be responsible for assisting the Head of Acting in maintaining and developing the acting curriculum. Industry and job opportunities have increased significantly with the expansion of web-based content and the rise of non-network producing organizations (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon). The Acting Professor must be well versed in action-based technique that will incorporate current cultural paradigm shifts with a vision to developing training that empowers and affirms the face of the new digital and culturally diverse industry. They will contribute a practical focus that: addresses the changes in the industry; demonstrates sensitivity to new approaches in casting; reveals a knowledge of trends in contemporary play scripts, which are embracing issues surrounding race, the LGBTQ community, and breaking the norms of "types" and "body types." Furthermore, they will help the program to examine and adjust curriculum to be more inclusive of those coming from BIPOC, differently-abled, and non-hetero-normative life experiences, particularly transgender and gender fluid students.
The Department of Theatre Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; the strategic plans of the Theatre Arts Department, College, and University reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.