The Grant Wood Fellowship (http://grantwood.uiowa.edu/fellowship) program at The University of Iowa, which supports one-year fellowships in the arts, is currently seeking a candidate appointed through the department of Theatre Arts with a specialty in interdisciplinary digital media in live performance. We seek applications from emerging to mid-career artists who are engaged in creating theatrical experiences/performances through the use of incorporating video, projections, and new/emerging technologies in bold and exciting ways to engage audiences for the twenty first century. The fellow will promote diversity and interdisciplinarity in teaching, research, and creative work.
An appointment as a Grant Wood Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts
$40,000 salary plus benefits
Office in the Theatre Building at the University of Iowa
Furnished housing (in the off-campus Grant Wood Art Colony. Families are eligible for housing.)
Shared studio space (minimum of 20 hours per week) in newly created Motion Capture/VR Studio & performance space that includes:
26 camera, 20'x36' Optitrack/Motive 3 motion capture studio
9 camera mobile Optitrack motion capture system
Inertia motion capture suits
VR and live performance integration via Quest 2 and pro headsets
Media server integrations with Disguise, Watchout, Pandoras Box, Pixera, Isadora, and Qlab
Unreal Engine and Unity integrations
Content creation and render computers
Laser projectors, live cameras, camera switchers, professional video production and post-production equipment and software, professional audio equipment
Two hours per week of dedicated staff support from the Digital Media Specialist for research with advanced technologies conducted in the Motion Capture/VR Studio
Access to greenscreen studios
Access to sound recording studios
Fellowship Recipient Responsibilities
Teach one course each semester (two courses total). Depending on the candidate's strengths and area of specialization they may teach:
Fall: Producing/Directing Digital Video or Installations and Interactive Performance or Special Topics course in Digital Media and Live Performance
Spring: Video for Performance (projection design 101) or Performance, Art, and New Technologies in Society, or Special Topics course in Digital Media and Live Performance
Present at least one public performance of their research and/or design projections/digital media for one play in the Department of Theatre Arts mainstage season.
Provide one public lecture of their research at the Stanley Museum of Art.
Participate in public engagement activities (e.g., educational programming, collaboration with local arts organizations, activities with local community, etc.)
Collaboration with students and faculty within the Department of Theatre Arts and the Public Digital Arts certificate program. This collaboration could include research, creative scholarship, guest lectures in other courses, presentations for certificate students, or advising a certificate capstone project, etc.
Fellows are required to maintain residence in the Grant Wood Art Colony.
Applications must include:
A cover letter indicating interest, qualifications, teaching experience, and creative practice.
Professional resume or curriculum vita.
A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement.
A representative sample of the applicant's work (for example, link to digital materials, website).
Contact information for three professional references.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.
The University of Iowa has a historic commitment to the arts. The Department of Theatre Arts is one of the oldest and most respected theatre programs in the country. We offer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate BA degree or an MFA degree with an emphasis in acting, directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy, or stage management. The Public Digital Arts Certificate provides students with the skills they need to apply cutting edge technologies and multiple media platforms to new forms of artistic expression
New work and collaboration are the hallmarks of our department. For more than 90 years, we have supported the development of new plays by students, faculty, and distinguished guests. We recognize that every play, whether new or old, is brought to life through the complex collaborative effort of a writer, director, dramaturg, designers, actors, stage managers, and technicians. In order to support this process, we seek to create an atmosphere of passion for the art and generosity of spirit.
The Iowa City/Coralville area has a population of about 75,000 and is a cultural center with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its public schools, libraries, and health care facilities are rated as outstanding.
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.