Assistant Professor of Playwriting

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

United States

March 1, 2022

Description

Posting Details Title Assistant Professor of Playwriting

Appointment Status Tenure Track Department IU Bloomington Theatre & Drama Position Summary

Position Summary

The Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is currently seeking an Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty member to direct the M.F.A. Playwriting Program, and teach graduate and undergraduate playwriting. The Playwriting M.F.A. is a comprehensive three-year program comprised of coursework, productions, and professional engagement. The program has resources to offer visits and guest workshops with successful writers, literary managers, artistic directors, and agents to provide students with mentorship and networking necessary for entrance into the world of professional theatre. The program offers rare pedagogical opportunities in that the Department regularly produces plays by M.F.A. playwriting students on the mainstage season. The successful candidate will have a vision and the opportunity to shape the program and curriculum in ways that make it a unique and distinguished training program for playwrights and theatre makers.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in theatre or related discipline completed by date of employment or equivalent professional experience. Experience in new works development and/or dramaturgy. Credentials and expertise as a produced playwright in regional and national venues. Teaching experience at the university/college level as faculty or as a guest artist.

Preferred Qualifications : M.F.A. in Playwriting completed by date of employment. Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level. Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Significant connections and recognitions within professional theatre. Demonstrated history of theatre making with projects or companies associated with historically underrepresented groups or marginalized communities, such as Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Black, Disabled, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Experience in innovative pedagogy such as Fornesian Technique/Environmental Pedagogy, feminist and queer approaches, Applied Theatre, or Theatre of the Oppressed. Demonstrated experience as a collaborator and problem-solver in the new works development process (from readings to full productions) with special consideration given to candidates with experience in highly-collaborative settings, such as devised theatre, theatre for social change, or community-based theatre.

To apply, submit: https: // indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/12280

● Cover letter

● CV

● Statement of artistic philosophy

● Statement of teaching philosophy

● A diversity statement providing specific examples of the candidate's experience with and commitment to promoting diverse perspectives and underrepresented populations in their teaching, research, and service in line with the college's continuing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Inclusion's core values: https: // college.indiana.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/core-values.html

● Three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application to provide letters of recommendation.

● Other materials may be requested from candidates who advance to later stages of the search process

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Start date: August 1st 2022.

Apply here:https: // indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/12280

Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is consistently ranked as one of the top theatre schools in the nation. We believe that theatrical productions and classroom study are of equal importance, and give our students broad experience in both. Stage design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, technical theatre, playwriting, dramaturgy, theatre history, theory and criticism, and dramatic literature are all considered to be vital and interrelated aspects of the total theatre and drama program at Indiana University. We work collaboratively among these domains to stage a variety of high-quality productions each year in modern facilities, providing our students with plenty of opportunities to put skills learned in the classroom into practice.

Our department firmly believes that “our practices and community are only strong if all artists are treated equitably. We will continue to identify, examine, and decenter traditions in the fields of theatre and dance that have disproportionately excluded/subjugated/oppressed/invalidated BIPOC, LBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized voices. We amplify these voices to correct structural inequity in our recruiting, programming, curricula, pedagogy, and productions. We commit to meeting casting requirements as indicated by playwright/author in regards to appropriate race, gender, ability, identity, creed, belief, or culture.” Our entire mission and climate statement can be read at https: // theatre.indiana.edu/about/mission.html

Our department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA), and offers Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in Acting, Directing, Playwriting and all of the major Design and Technology areas, including Scenic Design, Costume Design, Costume Technology, Lighting Design, Sound Design, and Theatre Technology. The Department also offers three undergraduate degree programs including a B.A. in Theatre and Drama, a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. The M.F.A. program is structured for students who intend to pursue professional careers in theatre as either scholars or artists. At any given time, our department has roughly 55 graduate students and approximately 250 undergraduate majors.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Special Instructions

Electronic applications including cover letter, CV, statement of artistic philosophy, statement teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and three references can be submitted to:

Expected Start Date: 08/01/2022

Basic Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in theatre or related discipline completed by date of employment or equivalent professional experience. Experience in new works development and/or dramaturgy. Credentials and expertise as a produced playwright in regional and national venues. Teaching experience at the university/college level as faculty or as a guest artist.

Preferred Qualifications : M.F.A. in Playwriting completed by date of employment. Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level. Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Significant connections and recognitions within professional theatre. Demonstrated history of theatre making with projects or companies associated with historically underrepresented groups or marginalized communities, such as Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Black, Disabled, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Experience in innovative pedagogy such as Fornesian Technique/Environmental Pedagogy, feminist and queer approaches, Applied Theatre, or Theatre of the Oppressed. Demonstrated experience as a collaborator and problem-solver in the new works development process (from readings to full productions) with special consideration given to candidates with experience in highly-collaborative settings, such as devised theatre, theatre for social change, or community-based theatre.

Department Contact for Questions

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to, Cindi Severance, Indiana University, 275 N. Jordan Ave, Room A252 W, Bloomington, IN 47405, email smithcin@indiana.edu

Additional Qualifications Salary and Rank Special Instructions

To apply, submit: https: // indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/12280

● Cover letter

● CV

● Statement of artistic philosophy

● Statement of teaching philosophy

● A diversity statement providing specific examples of the candidate's experience with and commitment to promoting diverse perspectives and underrepresented populations in their teaching, research, and service in line with the college's continuing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Inclusion's core values: https: // college.indiana.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/core-values.html

● Three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application to provide letters of recommendation.

● Other materials may be requested from candidates who advance to later stages of the search process

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Start date: August 1st 2022.

Apply here:https: // indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/12280

For Best Consideration Date Expected Start Date 08/01/2222 OAA # 22201-13

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application
  • Optional Documents

  • Evidence of Teaching Ability
  • Letter of Reference 1
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  • Letter of Reference 3
  • Letter of Reference 4
  • Letter of Reference 5
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