Union College — Acting Artist in Residence, Department of Theatre and Dance

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.  We welcome applications from candidates traditionally underrepresented in Theatre academia.  The position starts September 2022. Hiring is conditional on budget capacity.


The successful candidate should hold an MFA in Acting or equivalent terminal degree (ABD considered); a BA/BFA may be considered if they demonstrate exceptional professional experience. 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. In addition, all artists in residence have co-curricular duties which support activities for the department. The duties for this position include student mentorship, advising, and internship guidance as well as production coaching support, social media coordination, liaising with admissions, and developing community engagement strategies, including engaging with under-represented communities to grow our presence in the college and the community at large.

About the Department

The Theatre and Dance Department at Union College encourages community engagement, academic excellence and guiding student inquiry and experiences to develop artistic exploration, 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 an anti-racist global perspective of their artistry.  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/

About Union College and Schenectady

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 an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive.

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.

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 through PageUp: (1) a cover letter outlining artistic and teaching experience. (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness including experience working with and mentoring diverse student populations and/or ability to contribute to a diverse community; a class observation report if available; or other relevant materials. Please provide names and contact information for three references when you complete the online application. Each will automatically receive an email message requesting that they upload a letter of recommendation to our system. Application deadline: January 3, 2022. Questions may be directed to Prof. Randy Wyatt, wyattr@union.edu.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check