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Carnegie Mellon University

Head of Graduate Directing (Tenure-track)

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, seeks a full time tenure track Directing position to head The John Wells Graduate Directing Program. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience.

Ideally, applicants will hold an MFA or the equivalent, including national and/or international practice. Previous teaching experience is essential. Candidates should have a knowledge of the principles of directing, contemporary theatre making, including the use and understanding of technology, video & media, and mediated performance. The School of Drama is committed to the development and creation of devised theatre and new storytelling practices. Candidates must be able to collaborate with all theatre disciplines offered at CMU.

The responsibilities of this position will include recruitment, teaching directing within a BFA and MFA conservatory program, as well as mentoring students in production. Candidates may have the opportunity to direct student productions in the season of plays. The position is Pittsburgh based.

Please send cover letter, detailed CV, teaching philosophy, and list of three references by November 18, 2013 to: Search Chair, Professor Gregory Lehane, School of Drama, Purnell Center for the Arts, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Inquires by email to or 412-268-2068.



The Costume/Draper/Craftsperson is a project leader in the Costume Shop and will oversee the realization of a variety of costumes and costume-related items as designed by, and to the specifications of, Costume Designers. Following a professional model, this position will include, but not be limited to, collaboration with designers on approach to projects; pattern and project research; development, strategic planning, fitting and altering, and implementation of costumes and costume related items as assigned; supervision and training of student crews; and general facility, shop, machinery and tool maintenance.

Education: High School/GED or equivalent professional experience.
Experience: Four (4) or more years professional experience in top professional regional costume shop and/or commercial costume shop in New York. Work in more than one genre: i.e. theatre, opera, dance, film, and/or television.
Comprehensive skills in costume construction, including, but not limited to, draping and flat patterning; construction and finishing techniques for both women's and men's wear; fitting and altering of costumes and costume related items; and period clothing, undergarment and under structure construction
Basic skills in craft work including, but not limited to, fabric dyeing and painting, millinery, armor and mask construction, and makeup and wigs
Leadership skills including ability to multi-task, strong self-initiative, self time management and time management of others, strong supervisory skills, and accountability for workload and project progress
Ability to operate costume shop machinery and tools including, but not limited to, domestic and industrial sewing machines, serger/overlock machines, steamers, irons, washer and dryer, and dye vats
Advanced knowledge of fabrics and history of clothing
Physical Mobility: Requires wide range of mobility and fine motor skills with expert dexterity. Ability to stoop, reach, bend at waist, grasp and pick up objects, maneuver in cramped areas, move quickly, perform minor repairs to equipment, stand for long periods of time, lift and carry equipment and other heavy materials, and climb ladders.
Environmental Conditions: Areas include Costume Shop, craft shop, dye shop, fitting room, costume storage areas, and occasional visits to scene shop. Will be exposed to hazardous and toxic materials including, but not limited to, gases, vapors, fumes, particulate and nano-particulates from chemicals, dyes, bleach, paints, adhesives, solvents, sizing, preservatives, binders, and cleansers. Exposure to noise and dust. Equipment operated has various moving parts and must be operated using all prescribed safety procedures.
Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet inflexible deadlines; ability to work on several tasks simultaneously; ability to pay strict attention to detail; ability to remain calm and composed when working in difficult situations or with difficult people; ability to approach problem solving skills in an organized and pragmatic manner; ability to deal with repetitive and tedious tasks with a good attitude. Ability to work with students.
Education: Bachelor's degree. A Master of Fine Arts in Costume Production or Costume Design is strongly preferred
Licenses: Union Membership IATSE-USA (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees-United Scenic Artists), USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology), Costumer's Society.
Experience: Demonstrated and successful teaching and mentoring background. Prior work in television and film, dance, opera, musicals, and theatre. Prior work in nationally recognized organization, and/or exposure to New York and Los Angeles operations.
Skills: Make up and wig application, basic office software applications; i.e. Word, Excel; C-Plot Pro
Mental: Ability to manage and supervise under high pressure. Inspirational disposition to engage beginner level skill sets to perform at a professional level standard.

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Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and Carnegie Mellon University is required not to discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other federal, state, or local laws or executive orders. 

In addition, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders. However, in the judgment of the Carnegie Mellon Human Relations Commission, the Presidential Executive Order directing the Department of Defense to follow a policy of "Don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" excludes openly gay, lesbian and bisexual students from receiving ROTC scholarships or serving in the military. Nevertheless, all ROTC classes at Carnegie Mellon University are available to all students.

Inquiries concerning application of these statements should be directed to the provost, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-6684 or the vice president for enrollment,

Carnegie Mellon University,
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213,
Telephone: 412-268-2056.

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