University of Denver — Assistant Professor of Theatre (Dramatic Literature)


Join a dynamic, growing department dedicated to comprehensive undergraduate theatre training via a program of study (BA in Theatre) defined by its commitment to breadth of understanding, hands-on experience, and demonstrated excellence in Acting, Directing, Design, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, History, Literature, and Management (

Duties & responsibilities: 

  • Teaching responsibilities to include How To Read A Play, Page to Stage, Junior Seminar, Senior Practicum, Production Performance Studio, as well as First-Year Seminar and Advanced Seminar offerings within the division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Additional teaching opportunities may include courses in Dramatic Literature, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Theory/Criticism/Performance Studies, Theatre History, and other subjects, depending on experience, interest, and ability; also includes active mentoring and consultation for senior capstone productions and independent projects.
  • Production program opportunities may include dramaturgy and/or directing.
  • Creative/Research expectations to include active pursuit of professional theatre work and/or scholarly research, depending on experience and professional focus.
  • Service responsibilities to include participation on departmental, divisional, and university committees; participation in departmental curriculum development and revision, in annual selection of production season, in student and departmental assessment, and in student recruitment, retention, and academic advising.

Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD in Theatre (if ABD, must have PhD by start of appointment)
  • Professional theatre experience
  • Significant teaching experience in academic/training environment with emphasis in literary theory, dramaturgy, performance studies, and/or post-structural/postmodern theories
  • Pedagogy defined by demonstrated commitment to and experience in promoting Inclusive Excellence, through training and accomplishment in areas such as Queer Theory, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, marginalized identities, sexuality, equality, oppression, and class
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional standards, mentoring, and collaboration
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills and ability to work well with students, faculty, staff and community

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of success in professional theatre
  • Demonstrated expertise in teaching a secondary theatre focus, such as artistic entrepreneurship, musical theatre, stage management, etc
  • Preference will be given for candidates who have demonstrated experience working in or with culturally and racially diverse environments

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. The committee will begin evaluating applications January 6, 2017. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Jennifer Forsyth at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. CV
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Evidence of commitment to inclusive excellence
  5. Any additional supplemental materials that may be appropriate
  6. Three letters of reference. Referrers should send letters electronically to Jennifer Forsyth at, or by mail to:

Department of Theatre
Johnson-McFarlane Hall
1903 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.