Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University is seeking nominations and applications for an exceptional actor, director and acting teacher to join the Meisner-based Acting program faculty in the Theatre Division in the role of Director. Reporting to the Chair of the Theatre Division, this career-contract position, with rank dependent upon qualifications, begins August of 2018.
The incoming teacher, actor and director will build on highly developed academic and industry knowledge to help further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory’s profile and reputation as a national center of excellence in theatre training. Specifically, she/he will be charged to:
- Ensure a vibrant and supportive space for Acting faculty to teach and work;
- Increase the program’s profile regionally and nationally, managing an aggressive recruitment strategy and strategically building professional partnerships with DC area theatres and theatre professionals;
- Teach coursework as appropriate, such as upper-level acting, acting for the camera, and industry showcase;
- Direct one on-campus play;
- Manage the integrity of an exceptional BFA acting degree curriculum; and
- Build strong relationships with faculty across the Conservatory, supporting the Conservatory’s reputation as a highly collaborative community.
Service on school-wide committees, and participation in meetings, auditions and recruitment activities are expected.
Required minimum qualifications include the following:
- A distinguished record of performance in both acting and directing;
- Clear possession of leadership and interpersonal skills appropriate to leading faculty and an academic program;
- Success in providing exceptional mentorship to BFA theatre students and valuing both artistic excellence and a caring community;
- A strong orientation towards collaborative work and conservatory training;
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion; and
- An MFA in theatre performance.
Complete application submissions will include a cover letter addressing the listed responsibilities, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.
Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.
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Theatre Division & Acting Program: Shenandoah Conservatory’s Theatre Division is in an exciting period of development. Beyond having one of the country’s leading Musical Theatre programs, the Theatre Division – which focuses exclusively on undergraduate BFA training – includes an innovative Meisner-based Acting program, and an intensive undergraduate Theatre Design and Production program. The Conservatory’s Acting program faculty includes the nation’s pre-eminent Meisner scholar and teacher, Larry Silverberg. The program moves through foundational training with two years of Meisner, voice, speech and movement, private studio coaching, upper level coursework in Shakespeare, stage combat, period styles, directing, and script writing. Studies culminate with industry-oriented programming including acting for the camera, voiceover, film performance, prep for the profession, cutting edge creative performance work in virtual reality and a NY performance opportunity in an Off-Broadway house in the senior year. The rigorous academic year production calendar includes three musicals and three plays, an annual holiday gala, a film, virtual reality performance, role playing and simulation, and the showcase experience. Shenandoah Conservatory also includes a resident professional summer stock theatre, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT). As one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, SSMT produces three major musicals each summer, employs student and professional actors in the company, and welcomes over 20,000 patrons annually.
Shenandoah University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
Location/Region: Winchester, VA