Job #: 074535
Location: Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status: Exempt
One Semester (fall 2019 and/or spring 2020)
Job Type: Full-time
Rank: Professor of Practice
Campus: Syracuse, NY
The SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA is seeking up to two Visiting Artists in Theater Design and Technology for one-semester residencies during the 2019-20 academic year. Visiting artists will execute some or all of the following, based on expertise: teach courses or workshops in their area(s) of expertise; serve as a designer for at least one department production; and serve as design advisor to student designers in all areas of theatrical design, guiding them in the creation and realization of professional quality theatrical designs in accordance with current best professional practices. Although applications from all areas of design are welcome and encouraged, preference will be given to those with expertise in theatrical Lighting Design, with additional expertise in television/film/event design and/or at least one other area of theatrical design (preferably Projection Design). These are one-semester, non-tenure track positions. A bachelor’s degree in relevant field with substantive professional theatrical design experience is required; an MFA and professional experience in theatrical design is preferred. University-level teaching experience preferred. Additional qualifications include: proven ability to successfully design professional-quality department productions, as demonstrated by a record of professional accomplishment; ability and willingness to collaborate with program faculty in the delivery of a curriculum that builds on a strong existing foundation and responds effectively to the artistic needs of an ever-changing profession. The department is interested in candidates whose teaching, creative activity, and/or professional experience will contribute to the understanding of diversity and equity, or which addresses questions of interest to historically under-represented or underserved communities.
Positions begin August 2019 for fall semester and January 2020 for spring semester. Syracuse University has an online application process.
- A bachelor’s degree in relevant field with substantive professional theatrical design experience is required; an MFA and professional experience in theatrical design is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to design professional-quality productions.
- Ability to successfully advise student designers in the areas of set, costume, and lighting design with regard to all aspects of the creation and realization of professional-quality theatrical designs and in accordance with current best professional practices.
- University-level or professional-level teaching experience preferred.
Job Specific Qualifications
- Ability and willingness to collaborate with Program faculty in the delivery of a curriculum that builds on a strong existing foundation and responds effectively to the artistic needs of an ever-changing profession.
- Ability and willingness to collaborate with faculty in all programs (Acting, Musical Theater, Theater Design and Technology, Stage Management, and Theater Management) in the ongoing life of a top-quality pre-professional theater program.
- Demonstrated teaching, creative activity, and/or professional experience that will contribute to the understanding of diversity and equity, or which addresses questions of interest to historically under-represented or underserved communities is strongly desired.
- Expertise in diverse theatrical genres and styles is desired.
- Teach several levels of design classes and/or workshops as assigned by the Chair and based upon expertise.
- Design department productions as assigned.
- Serve as design advisor/mentor for department productions.
- Based on expertise, teach additional topics courses.
- Engage in inclusive pedagogy.
About The College of Visual and Performing Arts
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at www.syr.edu, www.vpa.syr.edu.
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How to apply
For full consideration, submit the following materials online: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy and contact information for three references.
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