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Head of Movement; The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program
University of San Diego

Date Posted Apr. 13, 2021
Title Head of Movement; The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program
University University of San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Head of Movement; The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

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Department Description:
A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in Classical and Contemporary Theatre. The Master of Fine Arts program utilizes, as primary training tools, the professional performance opportunities at The Old Globe and studio productions at the University of San Diego. Students have performance assignments continuously throughout the program, and their work is carefully mentored by voice, movement, and acting faculty advisors. We strive to be a Classical Professional Training program where all in our community can find: a safe space, bring their complete selves, and find their freedom and support to take artistic risks. We believe that a 21st Century Classical Acting Program is in concurrent conversation with innovative actors of all backgrounds, the cultural history of where we come from, and the American Theatre's future possibilities. We are re-defining "Classical." This is a place where we will have transparent conversation, debate, and discourse about the Classical and Contemporary Theatre Canon. Why Shakespeare? Why now? What is our American Shakespeare for the 21st century? This is the beginning of our journey. Our laboratory. Our experience. Our investigation as Artists to challenge, inspire, teach, and learn from each other about who we are, who we were, and where we will go.

Detailed Description:
The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program seek a nationally recognized, dynamic, and visionary theatre artist to serve as Head of Movement for our two-year MFA training of 21st-century classically-based actors. This is an open rank position.

The Head of Movement is an experienced educator and industry practitioner who will teach movement courses and, under the Director of the Program, collaboratively lead the development of a new movement curriculum for the two years of study. Equality, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Belonging, Accessibility, and Cultural Competency will be a top priority in this leader's artistic and educational methods. Our success in committing to Inclusion, Diversity, and Equality has attracted classes of top-notch actors. We want to continue our mission of bringing such success to the diversity of our faculty. We look forward to meeting experienced BIPOC and underrepresented theatre-makers, educators, and artists who have considerable experience and knowledge of our current industry; have a vibrant curiosity of approaching the work from several aesthetics and techniques to expand the actor's imagination and learning; and who are asking the questions of how we all move forward into the 21st-century.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The following list is not exhaustive but rather an overview. Duties will be adjusted and assigned as needed to meet the Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program goals.
  • Works with the Program Director to frame the goals and values of the Movement curriculum and pedagogy concerning movement training and the actor's journey with text and imagination.
  • Works with the Program Director to support movement faculty and engage in hiring discussions and identifying guest artists and coaches. Assists in the review of faculty and guest faculty syllabi to ensure they align with curricular goals.
  • Head of Movement will teach multiple courses in movement and techniques for the program, mentor students throughout the year, and encourage future professional career development. Possible opportunities within the program to choreograph, fight/intimacy direction, and direct within the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program Season.
  • Head of Movement is a core faculty member who will participate in all faculty meetings, retreats, and committees with an eye to students' overall progress and health, particularly in physical expressivity and development of the body with language.
  • Visits rehearsals/run-throughs to monitor the work's progress in all two years of the training when necessary.
  • Head of Movement upholds, attends, executes, contributes to, and supports the Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program Artistic Social Justice Action Plan through teaching techniques, curriculum, and participating in mandatory and volunteer EDI Bystander Intervention training throughout the year. All core faculty attend program company calls and evaluations. Social Justice Action Plan

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • 8+ years of movement experience in the field of theatre. Welcomed areas of expertise are Clown and Commedia dell'arte for American theatre of the 21st century including, neutral mask, red nose, and character; Improvisation; Games; Intimacy direction; Fight/Conflict creation, Dance for the actor; Michael Chekhov; Jerzy Grotowski; Tadashi Suzuki technique. All skill sets, knowledge and experience are considered that engage the actor to commit to language, impulse, and body that complements our Acting, and Voice and Speech pedagogy for classical and contemporary theatre.
  • Experience teaching one or more movement disciplines in a higher education actor training context.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, cultural competency, and accessibility. Along with experience with the application of these principles in a diverse student community.
  • Ability to support a broad age group of graduate students.
  • Capacity to engage in confidential conversations with sensitivity and trust.
  • Possession of a vibrant spirit of generosity, passionate commitment to artistic integrity, and value of student development.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:
Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Visit to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter describing how your background and experience align with the position and program. Also, give a brief sense of your approach/aesthetic/beliefs to creating a curriculum in movement that will develop an inclusive ensemble of 21st-century actors and the commitment to heighten language, the actor's body and imagination for the American Theatre.

Priority Application Deadline: May 2, 2021. Applications submitted by the deadline will be given priority; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Contact: Ray Chambers, Search Committee Chair, 619-971-1655,

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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