Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama institution in the US. Founded in 1914, we combine established practice with innovation, pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines. Our graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse art practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression and promote community and diversity. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions, whether it be on stage, in film, television, or within the rapidly growing realm of new media.

As a member of the faculty and staff of the School of Drama you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the country’s foremost experts in arts and entertainment education.

Special Visiting Faculty in Acting

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Open Date: Mar 9, 2021

Deadline: April 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama invites you to apply for a full year appointment as a Special Visiting Faculty in Acting.

This position is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It will be necessary for you to be in residence in Pittsburgh, PA, for the academic year.

Position term: August 2021- May 2022

The candidate is asked to describe how their professional experience, teaching experience, and/or education background prepares them for this position.

In this role, you will:

  • Teach undergraduate students in Acting I, an introductory Acting class, including games, improvisation, and foundational terminology.
  • Teach undergraduate students in Acting II, an intermediate contemporary scene study class.
  • Teach undergraduate class in Acting III, an advanced scene study class that identifies and explores diverse cultures in theater through research and scene study of contemporary plays.
  • Attend faculty meetings in the Acting/Music Theater Option as well as the greater School of Drama and Carnegie Mellon University community.
  • Serve as an advisor/acting coach for productions within the School of Drama.
  • Support the School’s ongoing efforts towards anti-racism and anti-oppression.
  • Take part in the daily life and culture of the school.
  • Be a positive and contributing member of a committed and collaborative faculty team.

During your time in the School of Drama, you will join a faculty, staff and student body committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are deeply committed to growing and retaining our diversity and committed to the belief that an inclusive and equitable environment populated with diverse artists inspires innovative ideas, which influence and improve the world at large. Your voice and participation in advancing these goals will be welcomed when you become a citizen in our community. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated through professional experience and/or teaching an ongoing commitment to anti-racist and social justice practice. We look for a broader lens of our times, the work, and the evolving conversation.

We expect an in-depth understanding of the acting fundamentals rooted in Stanislavski. In addition, it is hoped that the candidate’s professional and teaching background will include a knowledge of various acting techniques. A comprehensive grounding in plays, with an emphasis on contemporary and new works, is sought and an understanding of the current trends in the theater as well as experience in the professional world are crucial.

The ideal candidate would possess adaptability to work within the current curriculum while also offering your own methods. Additional expertise or experience in another area such as acting for the camera, movement, directing, etc., is welcomed. Familiarity with musical theater, and its multiple disciplines, is a plus.

We are a diverse, creative and close-knit community.

Carnegie Mellon University offers competitive benefits that focus on the well-being and quality of life of it’s employees. You can learn more about health, tuition and retirement benefits here.

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