Emerson College — Assistant Professor Musical Theatre Choreographer/Director

Assistant Professor Musical Theatre Choreographer/Director


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The Department of Performing Arts seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Choreographer/Director. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to traditional creative activity/research, teaching, and service. The appointment begins August 18, 2022 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 18 & 19, 2022.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. We are committed to preparing students to meet and elevate the evolving cultural conversation, standards, and professional practices around representation, privilege-based difference and inclusive excellence.

The Department of Performing Arts is home to one of the nation's leading programs in theatrical performance, design, stage management, and theatre education. With a team of 97 full- and part-time faculty and theatre staff members, the department enrolls 526 students in nine distinct undergraduate programs and one graduate program. The department offers B.F.A. degrees in Theatre Design/Technology, Stage & Production Management, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre, Theatre & Performance, Theatre Education, and Theatre Education & Performance. Emerson Stage, the producing organization of the department, presents nine fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through ArtsEmerson, our nationally and internationally-recognized professional presenting company. Emerson is also home to Howlround Theatre Commons.

Emerson College is the nation's only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in the heart of Boston's downtown Theatre District. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 5,100 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 58 countries and all 50 states.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree or the equivalent, and significant professional experience as a Musical Theatre director/choreographer in the field. Candidates should have experience choreographing, directing, and teaching dance for actors at the college level or in a conservatory setting. Teaching philosophy and accompanying methods should draw on a diverse range of dance styles and approaches including jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, Africanist and Latinix styles, demonstrate expertise in both contemporary Musical Theatre dance styles and repertoire from the existing Musical Theatre canon.

Teaching duties:

The successful candidate is expected to teach Musical Theatre dance technique and repertory, choreography and directing classes, and dance courses for actors.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

Directing and/or choreographing one production annually for Emerson Stage, the producing arm of the department, modeling a professional, creative, collaborative process, interacting effectively with our professional staff and mentoring student assistants; dance or movement coaching on Emerson Stage productions; BFA Showcase choreography or direction; academic advising; student mentorship; assisting in the admissions and audition process; and serving on department and college committees. Basic information on the program is available at: https://www.emerson.edu/programs/musical-theatre-bfa

The department is engaged in identifying and removing barriers to admission for students from working-class backgrounds, students of color, and other underrepresented students. The successful candidate will bring an orientation to and interest in this dialogue, as well as practice to support these students and offer ideas for structural changes to advance such efforts.

We encourage applications from candidates who use theatre and dance to expose power relationships and oppressive practices that are normalized in dominant culture and who explore race, gender, sexuality, and class dynamics through their work. Our ideal candidate will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around diversity, inclusion, and equity within the classroom, and within the profession. The candidate should have facility with culturally responsive pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve. Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation throughout all of their courses.

Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. An ability to work and teach collaboratively, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education beyond the classroom are essential. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Support materials/links to professional work/ links to directing/choreographic work (both professional and with students, if possible)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement that addresses how the candidate works to achieve inclusive excellence and an anti-racist ethos within their classrooms
  • Contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's written approval)

Please note, in the job application, where there is the “CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents” drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

If you are having issues uploading, please email facultycareers@emerson.edu.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 23, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_ft_faculty/job/Boston-Campus/Assistant-Professor—Musical-Theatre-Choreographer-Director_JR003257

About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: titleix@emerson.edu

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