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Assistant Professor of Performance
University of Oklahoma

Date Posted Jul. 14, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Performance
University University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, United States
Department Helmerich School of Drama
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Performance Studies
    Drama/Theater/Theater Education

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Performance. The Helmerich School of Drama encourages applications from all interested and qualified parties. Our mission statement and other information can be found at

The successful candidate will teach foundational acting courses to lower division students and may teach such specialty courses as Performing New Plays, Departures from Realism, Directing, Audition Technique and Professional Preparation. The Search Committee will also welcome proposals for courses depending on the successful candidate’s interest and expertise. Directing productions for the school could also be a part of the successful candidate’s creative activity, depending on interest and expertise. The school is looking for an innovative teacher and colleague prepared to inspire our students to help lead our industry in ever-evolving practices.

The school educates theatrical artists of all kinds, preparing them to enter the theatrical and entertainment profession with an expanded knowledge of an ever-evolving industry.  All the advantages of a liberal arts education in a renowned national-R1 university are combined with intensive conservatory-style training in BFA emphases in Performance, Dramaturgy, Design (scenic, lighting, costume, and sound), and Stage Management. The school is comprised of 26 full-time faculty and staff and 150 majors.

Required qualifications include- an MFA/terminal theatre degree or equivalent professional experience, experience teaching acting in multiple styles and genres, and a significant professional profile in theatre, film, or television. 

Preferred qualifications may include- teaching experience in other emphasis areas in drama, film and/or television; experience directing and/or teaching directing; experience with solo or site-specific performance; related areas of special interest; union membership, and professional affiliations.

Salary: $55,000 - $60,000

To apply, upload materials to: Candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter that includes an overview of approaches to pedagogy and how such approaches navigate contemporary trends in our industry, and three references.

Initial interviews will occur via Zoom and final interviews will take place on campus.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

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