The Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a professor of Acting and Directing, with expertise in Musical Theater. We invite applications from tenured Professors and tenured advanced Associate Professors and welcome applications from individuals who may have had nontraditional career paths, or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., childcare, caring for disabled or elderly family). This position will lead the new Musical Theater minor launched in the fall of 2022 and teach in the undergraduate Drama major, for a total of two courses per semester. These courses may include acting (beginning and advanced) and directing, (beginning and advanced). We welcome the professor to teach areas of special interest such as choreography, vocal techniques, stage combat, dance, or movement. The candidate will also direct the annual musical for our undergraduate production arm, the Kenan Theatre Company. This tenured position requires active involvement in significant scholarly research, publication, and/or creative achievement in the wider field. The candidate will maintain a professional profile as an actor and/or director. In addition to directing the undergraduate musical, they may also act or direct with PlayMakers Repertory company, our LORT D theater in residence within the Department.
Education and Experience:
At least five years of experience as an acting/directing teacher at the university, college, or professional level and have demonstrated professional excellence as evidenced by prior professional achievement and ongoing professional contacts. The candidate will also have a deep commitment to Access, Equity and Diversity values and be able to demonstrate that in their work. Applicants are encouraged to describe, in their letter of intent, how their scholarship contributes to building and supporting diverse communities. We are seeking a candidate with expertise in and appreciation for the current musical theater canon but who has a progressive vision and can reimagine the form and its impacts in actor training.
Carolina rates among the nation’s great institutions of higher education, set on an historic and beautiful campus that celebrates all four seasons. Carolina’s students, faculty and staff come here from around the world, bringing varied cultural, racial and ethnic heritages that help make UNC-Chapel Hill a thriving intellectual center. We’re repeatedly ranked the nation’s best value in higher education for students seeking to earn a college degree – the University has garnered the top spot each time since the ranking’s launch in 1998.Whether you’ve just started your career, are new to academia or are a seasoned professional with assorted campus experiences to draw on, we hope you will find a great place at Carolina.