The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is a co-governed department granting separate undergraduate BA degrees in Theatre Arts and Dance. Theatre Arts and Dance share performance facilities and production faculty and staff (Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, and Master Electrician). Design and implementation of curricular and co-curricular goals reside, for the most part, within the individual Programs. The Theatre Arts Program also houses an MFA program in Performance Pedagogy which began in Fall 2019. The Department is strongly committed to the Mission of the University and has a special concern for issues of social justice and the dialogue between faith, culture, and the arts.
The Department serves a diverse population of students. The Theatre Arts Program serves over 260 majors, as well as Theatre Arts minors, and the general student population. Students and faculty come from increasingly diverse backgrounds: ethnic, socio-economic, sexual orientation, and age, among others. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is committed to centering diversity and creating an inclusive learning and working environment.
MFA in Playwriting
Experience in playwriting and development, including professional productions of new work.
Experience teaching at the university/college level.
Evidence of a research/creative agenda and a body of creative work.
Experience with and commitment to teaching, advising, and supervising students.
Desired qualifications include:
MFA in Playwriting or PhD with an emphasis on the history, practice, and craft of playwriting
Experience writing for other media, including but not limited to film, television, and the web
Experience transforming literature, oral histories, etc. into plays
Experience teaching a diverse population
Demonstrated commitment to mentorship of young writers
Strength and potential for excellence and leadership with community engagement and university services
Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and collegiality.
A strong, documented commitment to furthering the DEI mission of the department and university by centering the lives and experiences of BIPOC and LGBTIQA+ individuals in teaching, scholarship/research, and creative practice.
Preference will be given to candidates who are able to teach courses that integrate diverse cultures, content, and issues, and who are able to teach students from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds.
Expectations from the position:
Tenured and tenure-track positions in the Theatre Arts program typically teach three (3) courses each semester, with a reduced course load in the first-year and the possibility of additional summer teaching. This position will:
Teach courses in playwriting, writing for film, TV, solo performance, new work, theatre for young audiences, literature to stage, and other courses according to the appointee's areas of expertise and the Department's needs. Serve as Academic Advisor for Theatre majors (between 25 and 30 every semester) starting in the second year of appointment, with the possibility of mentoring graduate students in our M.F.A. program. Mentor undergraduate students, preparing them for graduate school and professional work in theatre and film/television, new media and those selected for the department's signature New Works Festival. Maintain ongoing creative and scholastic work. These include but are not limited to: professional and university theatre productions of new and existing work, attendance and presentation at academic and professional conferences, publications in popular press, commercial venues, and academic publications. The department and university recognize that creative and scholastic work are inseparable in our discipline and encourages applicants seeking retention, tenure, and promotion to explain the value of a chosen venue for the dissemination of said work. The university also places high value on faculty who are able to involve students in their scholarly and creative work. We are looking for an active, prolific teacher/scholar/artist. Serve on department, college, and university committees. Membership and service in professional organizations.
In addition to the above, an ideal candidate would be a collaborator who would work in close partnership with the department's production staff, faculty, and students to ensure the success of the department's production season and process. The ideal candidate would also be a mentor to undergraduate students both in matters pertaining to the department and their navigating the university curriculum towards a timely graduation.
All interested applicants MUST apply online.
To be considered please send:
Letter of application, indicating how you meet and exceed the minimum and desired qualifications for the position, A Curriculum Vitae, A statement outlining the applicant's experience centering DEI missions in their current work and creative/research trajectory. A teaching and creative statement which highlights the candidate's teaching philosophy, creative philosophy, and their short-term and long-term goals in these areas. A writing sample [no more than fifteen 15 pages], and Three  letters of recommendation
Priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2023. Applications will not be accepted after December 15, 2023.
Faculty RegularReasonable expected salary: $73,000.00Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experience, and beliefs to apply. (Visit www.lmu.edu for more information.)
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.