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Open-rank Professor of Acting (full-time, tenure track)
Carnegie Mellon University

Date Posted Nov. 14, 2022
Title Open-rank Professor of Acting (full-time, tenure track)
University Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department School of Drama
Application Deadline Dec. 16, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The School of Drama within the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University invites applicants for an open-rank Professor of Acting position (full-time, tenure track) to join our BFA Acting/Music Theater program.  This position is Pittsburgh-based and begins August 2023. 

We are deeply committed to the belief that an inclusive and equitable environment populated with diverse artists inspires innovative ideas that influence and improve the world at large. The successful candidate’s voice and participation in advancing these goals and dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging will be welcomed upon joining our community.

The ideal candidate will possess the adaptability to work within the current curriculum while working to broaden its scope with their own course offerings. We seek a dynamic and student-centered teacher who can offer a variety of acting courses to all levels of our student population. Partnering with other acting faculty members, the successful candidate will teach courses from our current curriculum, including content such as improvisation, foundation principles, contemporary scene study, and heightened text.

In addition to teaching, it is expected that the successful candidate will engage in other duties such as:

  • - Mentoring, coaching, and advising on productions
  •  - Administrative service including School, College and/or University level committees
  • - Engaging in the life and events of the School of Drama
  • - Maintaining and advancing professional practices
  • - Integrating and advancing the continued efforts towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging


  • - Terminal degree in theater, drama, or a related field(s), or have professional equivalent experience, and have a strong ability to teach acting.
  • - The ideal candidate will have three years teaching experience in a higher education setting or equivalent experience leading workshops, master classes, or residencies with university-level students.
  • - Additional expertise or experience in other areas such as acting for the camera, movement, fight and/or intimacy choreography, directing, etc. is encouraged. Familiarity with musical theater and its multiple subject areas is a plus.
  • - Active practice in the professional world is essential. We seek individuals who can apply their experience of their professional practice to their teaching.
  • - We expect an in-depth understanding of acting fundamentals rooted in Stanislavski and the candidate’s professional and teaching background will include a knowledge of other acting techniques and performance texts that span heightened and contemporary language.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • - Cover Letter
  • - Detailed CV
  • - Statement of your Teaching Philosophy and experience applying the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the classroom and rehearsal space
  • - Document listing three references including contact information. Note: references will only be contacted for finalists.

The application review process:

  • - Applications Open: Immediately.
  • - Review of Applications begins: November 29, 2022.
  • - Application Submissions close: December 16, 2022

Interested in this opportunity? Apply today!

For questions about this position or the application process, please reach out to CMU School of Drama Faculty Search Coordinator; Joyce Dellovade at

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama institution in the US. Founded in 1914, we combine established practice with innovation and pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines. Our graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse art practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression, and promote community and diversity. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically, and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions, whether it be on stage, in film, television, or within the rapidly growing realm of new media.

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an AA/EOE employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. We welcome faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. We seek to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches. Carnegie Mellon University makes every effort to provide physical and programmatic access to individuals with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the employment process, please contact Equal Opportunity Services by emailing or calling 412-268-3930.

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Contact Information

  • Joyce Dellovade
    School of Drama
    Carnegie Mellon University
    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • 4122681712


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