Full-Time Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance for Musical Theatre
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20126413
Full-Time Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance for Musical Theatre
School of Dramatic Arts
Musical Theatre Program
The USC School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance for its musical theatre program beginning August 16, 2023.Â
We seek a collaborative, student-centered instructor to join our dynamic undergraduate musical theatre training program dedicated to changing the face of musical theatre for the 21st century and committed to cultivating and educating the multi-hyphenate artist/scholar/creator/innovator. Â We will achieve our mission through our newly established relationship with the USC School of Cinematic Arts by cultivating and training the multi-hyphenate artist/scholar/creator/innovator. As such, the Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance will work with the Director of Musical Theatre, the Director of the MFA acting program, and other faculty to continue to build upon the program's many strengths in dance training for the musical theatre artist and continue to further SDAâs interdisciplinary collaboration between professional art schools. SDA has a reputation for collaboration between professional arts school and cutting-edge STEM programs throughout the university.Â
SDA provides a rigorous curriculum within a conservatory style environment where students work and collaborate with world-renowned artists and study in a range of opportunities for artistic expression. The school's exceptional students and faculty are creating a confluence of ideas, artistry, and innovation that will prepare the next generation of artists to shape the art form's future in compelling ways.
SDA has a roster of world class faculty, professional directors, musical directors, and choreographers. USC faculty are highly regarded in the field and have an unparalleled depth and diversity of experience. Under the faculty's tutelage and through their work with many guest artists, BFA students receive the highest caliber of training and the unique opportunity to learn and perform a wide variety of acclaimed repertoire.Â
SDA seeks experienced educators to provide collaboration within the BFA musical theatre dance curriculum and beyond. Knowledge in all genres, techniques, and forms taught within the current curriculum, including but not limited to Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, Bollywood, African, repertoire, performance, and dance for the camera, devised choreography, and movement for the actor. Candidates must be established artists and educators who are recognized in the field of musical theatre and/or have significant experience teaching at a collegiate level. Candidates will serve a diverse student population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and are expected to support the school's diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.
The successful candidate will have:
A currency in education and application through continuing education activities and professional development.Â
A passion for remaining current in musical theatre concerning evolving styles, techniques, and dance pedagogy.
An expertise in and comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of musical theatre repertoire.Â
A commitment to promoting equity for all marginalized groups traditionally not seen in musical theatre. The candidates will have experience with inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy and innovative teaching techniques that can join our school in building a more just, inclusive, and equitable future in the performing arts.Â
Flexibility in teaching students who may demonstrate various abilities, from experienced dancers to novice movers.Â
At the time of hire, a completed degree in musical theatre, dance, a related discipline, or the equivalent professional experience.
All candidates should submit:
A letter of interest describing the candidate's commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and the performing arts.
Curriculum vitae, including teaching experience, courses taught and developed, professional performance experience, and choreography.
Names and contact information for three current professional references.
Completed Bachelor's Degree in any field at the time of hire
3-5 years teaching
Computer proficiency (MS Office, Outlook, and Internet)
Masterâs Degree in Theatre or Related Field
Greater than 5 years of teaching
The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovated programs and curricula in acting, musical theatre, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
USC and SDA are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that affirms identity, embraces our university's core values of wellness, equity, and civility, and celebrates the unique dimensions of every Trojan.Â USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.Â
We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100 or by email at email@example.com. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations.
As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.