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Assistant Professor in Acting
The University of South Dakota

Date Posted Sep. 29, 2020
Title Assistant Professor in Acting
University The University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD, United States
Department Department of Theatre
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Department of Theatre at the University of South Dakota invites applications for a nine-month term tenure-track position in Acting to commence August 2021. The successful candidate will teach beginning through advanced acting, stage voice, dialects, auditioning, and acting/voice for camera and other media, with opportunities to teach other courses depending on curricular needs and specialization areas. The person will serve as dialect/vocal coach for all department productions requiring one. Depending on interest and experience, other means of participating in production season may be an option. The successful candidate will guide students toward a career in the theatre, coordinate and serve as the lead recruiter for the B.F.A. acting program, assist with recruitment for the other areas in the department, and oversee and mentor the Irene Ryan nominees for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Participation in Inclusive Excellence by undertaking outreach to diverse communities (multicultural student organizations, Native American community, LGBTQIA+ community, Latino community, veterans, women, etc.) on and off campus is expected. Faculty members are evaluated in the areas of teaching, research/creative scholarship and service. All faculty are expected to be active in research/creative scholarship on local, regional, and national levels, to advise and mentor students in and out of the classroom, and to serve on departmental, college, and university committees.

Qualifications: MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in acting is required; PhD with appropriate training and experience may be considered. A minimum of three years of university teaching of acting at all levels, beginning through advanced, and a substantial background in one or more major voice-training programs, such as Lessac, Linklater, Rodenburg, Berry, etc. are required. Professional acting experience is required and membership in professional unions such as AEA or SAG-AFTRA is preferred. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.; sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applications will only be accepted on-line at Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial copy of transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and phone numbers of three current references.

Additionally, please submit a digital portfolio that includes at least two contrasting examples of your own acting and at least one example of coaching undergraduate students in acting and/or voice and dialect work.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be addressed to:
Monica Tiahrt
Acting Search Committee
Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

The USD Theatre Department promotes excellence in education, research and service by fostering student engagement and leadership; exploring new questions, techniques and practices in the theatre; and supporting the principles of Inclusive Excellence by valuing diversity and inclusiveness throughout every sector of the department. Located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, with a newly-renovated 400-seat proscenium theatre, the Theatre Department is part of the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the departments of Art and Music. A faculty of ten serve eighty-five theatre majors in a program that offers the BFA in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Theatre Studies, as well as the MFA degree with specializations in Directing and in Design and Technology with emphases in scene design, lighting/sound design, costume design, and technical direction. The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is affiliated with the Black Hills Playhouse, a 75-year-old summer stock theatre located in Custer State Park, and the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, providing free professional Shakespeare in the park in Vermillion.

Located in southeast South Dakota, USD is the flagship liberal arts institution for the State of South Dakota (enrollment over 10,000) and is composed of the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Graduate School. Information about the Theatre Department may be obtained on our website at Diversity and Inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota. Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.

  • USD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.

    Diversity and Inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota. Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Monica Tiahrt Office of the Dean
    College of Fine Arts
    The University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark St
    Vermillion, SD 57069
  • 605-658-3445


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