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Assistant  Professor of Acting Theatre Performance

The Theatre Department in the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) at Point Park University invites applications for a full- time tenure track assistant professor specializing in Acting beginning August 2024. A terminal degree (M.F.A. in Acting or Performance) or the equivalent professional experience is required.

As a department committed to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion, we seek an artist/educator with training and experience that will support our diverse student body and increase the incorporation of inclusive pedagogies in our classrooms.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate success in teaching and guiding students who come from diverse personal, educational, artistic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

About the Position: The Department seeks an energized colleague to join a collegial group of collaborative faculty, staff, and students. Our rigorous conservatory training is selective and tailored for the professional actor, focused on individual artistic development, and acquiring professional skills for today’s performance industry. All applicants are expected to be qualified to teach courses in acting theatre repertoire, the business aspects of acting, a performance-based ensemble class culminating in a workshop production, and additional areas related to the candidate's expertise. The ideal candidate has skills as an actor, director, creator of new works, three years of teaching experience in higher education conservatories, publications, and will be able to coordinate the B.F.A. program in acting and develop the curriculum in acting. The candidate should also have a vast knowledge of traditional and contemporary acting/education, and be familiar with new technology, current business trends in the field, and have significant connections to the industry in the US and in other countries, particularly in NYC.

Candidates should expect to work closely with undergraduate students and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group, both orally and in writing. Principle responsibilities include teaching, service to the department/university, and advising and mentoring. Faculty are expected to conduct creative activity/research in their area of expertise.

About the Department and Program: Housed within the Theatre Department of Point Park University’s prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts, the Acting program offers a rigorous B.F.A. that combines performance experience with intense training by internationally recognized master teachers, directors, and choreographers. The department offers B.F.A. degrees in theatre arts, acting, musical theatre, and theatre production. The department mission focuses on fostering a highly collaborative artistic environment. The B.F.A. in Acting is an eight-semester sequence which places a strong emphasis in all areas of Acting: acting, movement, voice, text, theatre stage and on camera, and is designed to prepare graduates for a career in the professional theatre. For several years, Point Park University has been ranked on’s list of the 10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway and is considered one of the top B.F.A. programs in the country.

About the University & COPA: Located in the heart of one of the most livable cities in the US, Point Park University was recently listed as a 2018–2019 college of distinction. It has a vibrant urban campus located at the periphery of historic Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 full and part-time students in more than 50 areas of academic study. With 300 full-time undergraduate students, the Theatre Department is one of three departments in the University’s nationally recognized Conservatory of Performing Arts. Admission to COPA is competitive with students matriculating from 47 states and around the world. The conservatory is dedicated to building the skills needed for success in today’s creative economy.

About the Pittsburgh Playhouse: The award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse is housed in a new state-of-the-art 90,411 square-foot center for arts and entertainment. The Playhouse serves as the primary artistic laboratory for the prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts and is Pittsburgh’s newest home for arts and entertainment. This four-story world- class facility located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh features the 550-seat PNC Theatre, the 200-seat Highmark Theatre, and the 99-seat Rauh Theatre. The Playhouse provides exceptional experiential learning opportunities and is designed to be both a learning laboratory and a cultural asset for the community.

Application Procedure: Please submit a letter of application, CV, samples of creative work, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of equity/diversity/inclusion initiatives, and a list of three professional references with contact information by email to:  Preference will be given to applications received by 1/6/2024.

In the email, please note that the subject line MUST STATE: Assistant Tenure Track Professor of Acting Theatre Performance

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States and not require employer sponsorship.