Assistant Professor of Applied Theatre

  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma City, OK, USA
  • Feb 14, 2020
Full time   Humanities: Other Theatre & Dance

Job Description

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

The School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University invites culturally and academically diverse applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Applied Theatre.

The successful candidate will join our professional artistic community and teach within the BA Theatre and Performance curriculum. They will teach courses in an inventive program designed to develop reflective artists who will be innovators in their discipline and be able to manage themselves and others in the fast-evolving field of live performance, new media, and technical theatre arts.

Training for the BA Theatre and Performance program centers on culturally sensitive and globally aware interdisciplinary work ground in innovation, personal vision and the creative process in traditional venues and beyond. Duties include teaching core courses in devised, ensemble-based performance; serve as mentor to students and student performance ensembles; assist in forging and maintaining relationships with regional and international partners; assist in managing and facilitating study abroad opportunities; collaborating on the annual student capstone and BA Festival of New Works.

We are seeking applicants with experience in multiple areas such as: Directing or Producing New Works, Devising, Theatre for Social Change, Performance Theory and Practice, Arts Advocacy, Dramaturgy and/or Playwriting

Applicants should have significant professional experience as a theatre artist and a passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students within a rigorous pre-professional training program. Faculty members are expected to be actively engaged in School of Theatre recruiting efforts both on-campus and at regional and national events.

Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; an exceptional record of creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong service contributions to the school, university, and relevant external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline’s communities. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the School's assessment program, and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the School and University. Additional information about the school can be found at


School of Theatre

The School of Theatre offers comprehensive and diverse undergraduate focused programs with tracks in professional and applied theatre training. We offer a BFA in Acting, BFA in Design and Production, and a BA in Theatre and Performance in a program that has gained a national reputation and currently has a steady population of over 220 majors. The School of Theatre is a part of the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts which includes the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. TheatreOCU is the School of Theatre’s producing arm, mounting four mainstage and 7-8 lab productions each season.  Design and Production also supports the Opera & Musical Theatre program which produces three musicals and three operas each year. The school has partnerships with three local professional theatre companies: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Oklahoma City Ballet. The Design and Production area has been ranked in the Top 30 College Theatre Design/Tech programs by OnStage Blog for the past two years.

The School of Theatre prepares young theatre artists for a sustainable, professional life. Our faculty inspire undergraduate students in a rigorous, disciplined, and collaborative academic and production environment. Our program is grounded in the philosophy of putting theory into practice from the classroom to the stage to produce creative, culturally aware, and highly effective theatrical artists. More information on our programs and productions can be found at:


Preferred and Required Qualifications


An MFA in Theatre or equivalent professional experience is required. A minimum of two (2) years of professional theatre experience and two (2) years of university level teaching experience is required.

Application Details

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Required Application Materials

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • List of professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts

Contact for Additional Questions

Search Chair: Aaron Mooney, Associate Professor of Theatre,  

Diversity Advocate: Jeffery Cochran, Professor of Theatre,

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled