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Assistant Professor of Playwriting
University of Washington

Date Posted Sep. 22, 2020
Title Assistant Professor of Playwriting
University University of Washington More About This Institution...
Seattle, WA, United States
Department School of Drama More About This Department...
Application Deadline Oct. 23, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Position Description
The University of Washington School of Drama (SoD) develops innovative and courageous artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to producing citizens capable of contributing to a more creative, connected, and compassionate world. The School graduates go on to careers in film, television, arts management, advertising, design, creative media and other areas such as law and business where the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, entrepreneurship and creativity are essential. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 45,000 students, faculty, and staff, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and faculty from over 70 countries. Seattle is a well-known center of innovation and culture, and the School of Drama enjoys a close relationship with the area’s many regional theatres.

We are seeking one assistant professor, tenure-track position in playwriting to begin September 2021. This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period; the teaching will be split between the undergraduate and the graduate programs.

The School of Drama is committed to building and supporting a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged with the ways that race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class, and ethnicity intersect with and shape the human experience, both inside the educational experience and outside of it. We encourage all members of the School of Drama to think critically about the world around them and engage actively. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose research, teaching, service and lived experience have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to equity and inclusion but have also given them the confidence to effectively engage with students, staff, and community from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Black, Indigenous and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties will include teaching playwriting, dramaturgy, creating new works, text analysis and/or dramatic structure to students at all levels – as well as working collaboratively on generative/devised projects. While the focus of this teaching position is on playwriting, additional valuable skills may include writing for film/TV, work in devised theatre and creating/facilitating Theatre-for-Social-Change. Besides teaching classes, the successful candidate will be expected to support production opportunities by assisting dramaturgically/coaching in UW’s season or by coaching original, self-generated works and solo pieces.

All UW faculty members are expected to engage in teaching, research, and service. SoD’s current faculty is made up of working artists who are deeply connected to the field. Tenure-stream Drama faculty must develop and maintain an ongoing professional career.

The ideal candidate will have experience writing for the stage as well as familiarity with the contemporary theatre and performance field, interest in the way embodied storytelling is evolving as an art form, and the ability to connect theatrical writing with other media and disciplines. They must have facility with current innovations in playwriting and performance texts; in sum, they must offer a strong technique for preparing students for contemporary theatre. A Master’s degree (either MFA or MA) or a combination of equivalent professional training and/or experience is required.

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a diversity statement (750 words), and a letter of application describing your expertise and experience in research and teaching. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted through Interfolio. The diversity statement should describe how your teaching, research and/or service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through scholarship or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups. What efforts have you made or been involved with to foster cultural competence and understanding? What have you done to further your knowledge about equity, diversity, inclusion, and access (EDIA)? How have you demonstrated what you have learned to your colleagues? Please discuss how the work you hope to do at the UW will enhance the University’s and our department’s commitment to EDIA. For information on the department’s efforts to promote equity visit: UW School of Drama Anti-Racist Action Plan

Review of candidates will begin on October 23rd, 2020, with priority given to applications received by that date.

Questions regarding this posting may be addressed to Valerie Curtis-Newton, the Head of the Search Committee, at

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
    University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

    Commitment to Diversity
    The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
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