The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (UB) invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor with a specialization in Music Theatre. This is a full-time (10 month) non-tenure-track faculty position with an emphasis on teaching, undergraduate recruitment, and artistic service. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term with an opportunity for renewal based on performance, College need, and available funding. The primary responsibilities will include:
Teaching undergraduate courses in Music Theatre repertoire, history, and audition techniques;
Directing and/or choreographing for department musicals (specific to the expertise of the candidate); and,
Providing leadership and vision in the area through curriculum and policy development.
The ideal candidate will have an established or emerging reputation within the multifaceted world of Music Theatre, and will work collaboratively with program faculty to shape and deliver a curriculum that prepares students for success in today’s theatre industry.
We seek a colleague with the passion, skill, energy, and enthusiasm to recruit a diverse population of students with clear potential for success in the Music Theatre field. Additional faculty responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Mentoring student projects.
Identifying guest artists, and building strategic relationships with professional theaters, casting directors, and producers.
Faculty are expected to maintain regular office hours and contribute to department and system-wide committees.
Other service to the Department may include Music Theatre Area Direction, and participating in community engagement initiatives and interdisciplinary projects within and outside the University.
We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, creative activities, and service that they will contribute to a climate of inclusivity, diversity, and excellence. The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Position is open until filled. Review of applications begins December 10, 2021. All application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be acknowledged and cannot be considered.
BA/BFA in Music Theatre, Theatre or related area.
1-3 years higher education teaching experience.
Experience with stage directing and building a musical theatre cast at an advanced level.
Demonstrated educational expertise, working with diverse populations and pedagogical approaches.
Working knowledge of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) standards and best practices.
A secondary area of practice is desirable and may include but is not limited to: Dance and choreography, multimedia and film and video production, composition, orchestral and pit conducting, musical arrangement playwriting or lyric writing, physical acting, stylized and period text, working knowledge of the voice as an instrument.
The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, UB is an established leader with award-winning faculty and is consistently recognized for offering high-quality academics at an excellent value. With approximately 30,000 students and 2,500 faculty, UB offers more than 110 different undergraduate degrees and more than 300 graduate, professional, and certificate programs.
UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance has a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty, delivering in-depth curriculums that prepare students for a broad range of professional careers. Our programs include BA/BFA in Dance, Theatre Performance, Theatre Studies, Music Theatre, and Design Technology, as well as a graduate program that offers a MA and PhD in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Dance. In addition to producing a full season of performance events with UB’s Center for the Arts and Katharine Cornell Theatre, we host numerous guest artists, guest directors, and scholars. The department is a hub for interdisciplinary arts activity ...within the university, intersecting with Music, Visual Studies, Media Study, Architecture, Poetry, the Humanities Institute, and the Arts Collaboratory.
Buffalo, NY is a vibrant art and cultural center that includes over twenty theatres, several professional and community dance organizations, outstanding architecture, and numerous art galleries. It is home to well-known organizations, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, ArtPark, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and more. The Buffalo-Niagara region has a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct character, and is known for its affordable living and family-friendly atmosphere. Located on Lake Erie, just south of Niagara Falls, Buffalo’s surrounding natural areas, state parks, beaches, rivers, and ski areas provide abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and leisure. Buffalo is centrally located, with easy access to other metropolitan hubs in the Northeast including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal.