Union College — Artist-in-Residence, Acting / Performance

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Union College in Schenectady, NY, invites applications to fill an Acting Artist in Residence (AIR) position (three-year contract, with opportunity to renew).  Expertise and/or certification in one or more of the following will be a plus: Acting for the Camera/Microphone/Digital Media, Acting for Musical Theatre, Stage Combat, Intimacy Direction, Community-based or Grass-roots Theatre, Acting Styles, Physical Acting/Comedy, or Dialects and Dialect Coaching.  

Our department is committed to diversifying Union College.  The successful candidate must have a background in and demonstrated commitment to working with, mentoring and supporting all students and their diverse backgrounds.  A demonstrated commitment to fostering and increasing diversity at Union and in the Theatre program is a crucial aspect of the position.  

The position starts September 2020. 

Qualifications: The successful candidate must hold an MFA in Acting or equivalent terminal degree (ABD considered). The candidate will demonstrate teaching experience in and/or commitment to a liberal arts context and furnish evidence of teaching effectiveness and professional accomplishment. We seek an AIR looking to spark student investment in and enthusiasm for the craft in a liberal arts context.  We recognize the broad spectrum of professional theatre work. 

Responsibilities: include teaching courses in acting (introductory to advanced levels, open to a variety of acting methods) and related topics (such as voice/diction with IPA and dialect) as well as public speaking and first-year preceptorial courses. This faculty member will direct up to one production per academic year with a corresponding course release. Additional responsibilities include mentorship, advising, internship guidance and service to the department and college.  Co-curricular duties will include audience analysis and community engagement strategies, including engaging with under-represented communities to grow our presence in the college and the community at large. 

Department: The Theatre and Dance Department at Union College is a small, production-oriented department that encourages academic excellence and engages students in inquiry and experiences that develop risk taking, collaborative skills, and critical thinking. We offer our students hands-on training with a foundation of scholarly investigation, supported by the integration of a liberal arts education and a global perspective of their artistry.  The department consists of 7 full time faculty, including the Director of Dance; 1 part-time Coordinator of the Dance Program; 2 single-course theatre adjunct slots; 3 dance adjuncts; 1 part-time scene shop foreman; and 2 administrative assistants who also serve the Visual Arts and Music Departments. We aim to provide our students with a vibrant array of guest artists as presenters, instructors, directors, and designers throughout their training.

The department fully supports 3 faculty- or guest artist-directed theatre productions in each academic year, 1 faculty-directed dance concert, 2 faculty-led dance showcases, and a number of presentations of student-led performances as part of the production season in both dance and theatre (3-6+ in each academic year). The department regularly invites guest artists to campus for performances, workshops, master classes in theatre and dance, and produces a yearly Dance Residency with a co-produced performance at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, NY. The department organizes and conducts two mini-terms abroad: the London Theatre Mini-term and the Bali Mini-term (this in conjunction with the Music Department). More information may be accessed at https://muse.union.edu/theatredance/.

Union College is a four-year liberal arts institution that provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community.

Union College is committed to helping students think across boundaries of disciplines, connecting and integrating their studies in order to make broad contributions to humanity for social change on a local or global scale. In the service of this goal, Union has a vibrant set of interdisciplinary programs to which the ideal candidate might also contribute. These include: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Film Studies; Africana Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Jewish Studies; World Music and Cultures, and more. 

Union College is committed to educating a diverse group of talented students, and we encourage applications from a range of diversities, including, but not limited to those based on ethnicities, cultures, religions, disabilities, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and veteran status. 

Schenectady and the surrounding Capital Region offers a bonanza of cultural opportunities and organizations, from the professional to community-based.  Located in the metropolitan area surrounding Albany, Schenectady is three hours from major cities such as Boston, Montreal and New York City. 

Requested Materials: Please submit the following through https://jobs.union.edu/

(1) A cover letter outlining artistic and teaching experience.   Include experience working with diverse student populations and/or your ability to contribute to a diverse community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness including a class observation report and/or sample course evaluations if available. Please provide names and contact information for three references when you complete the online application. Each will automatically receive an email message requesting that he/she/they upload a letter of recommendation to our system. 

Application deadline: January 17th, 2020. Questions may be directed to Prof. Randy Wyatt, wyattr@union.edu.