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Director of Musical Theatre Guest Artist

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Work Type: Faculty full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Faculty

About ACU

Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All qualified applicants for these positions must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university.

Title of Position Director of Musical Theatre Guest Artist
Posting Location  Abilene, TX
Department  Theatre
Employee Class  Faculty Full-time 12 mo
Faculty Position Information Abilene Christian University invites applications for a 1-3 year contract for the position of Director of Musical Theatre Guest Artist to begin August 2020. This position has potential to transition into a long-term tenure track assistant/associate professor status. ACU Theatre is a competitive audition based program, boasting seven tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Tech & Design, Theatre Education, Directing, Theatre Ministry. The department is deliberately capped at 65+ students to provide an intimate, hands on, mentored experience for our students. ACU produces 6-8 shows a season, produces a NYC Senior Showcase, participates in The Tepper Program in NYC operated under the umbrella of Syracuse University, LA Film Studies and produces a Shakespeare Festival every other year. The department regularly brings in guest artists in an effort to bring both coasts to Texas. We seek a highly motivated individual who is passionate about undergraduate education in a faith based arena. We believe in preparing students to become successful artists of faith in a competitive market such as NYC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta or Dallas. Qualifications: MFA, M. Music, MA, PhD or professional experience that is commiserate with a terminal degree in musical theatre or related field of study. Preferred qualifications include a record of successful artistic/professional achievements and prior experience in higher education. The ideal candidate should confidently coach all musical theatre styles of singing from golden age to modern and pop/rock while inspiring a solid foundation of classical singing technique. Keyboarding skill sufficient to teach lessons without a full-time accompanist is preferred but not essential, advanced accompanist skills are desirable but not required.
Requirements: The candidate should be able to confidently music direct all musicals for each season. Duties: Teach individual weekly private studio lessons, freshmen class voice, voice & diction, and other theatre related classes as needed.
Direct one or two productions a year, collaborate with other departments in artistic and academic projects, and perform other duties commensurate with education and experience. Additional duties may include assisting with advanced student work, assessing students, holding office hours, and engaging in department, college, and university service. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing strong working relationships with colleagues and representing the theatre department on and off campus.

Electronic submission of materials is highly encouraged and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, philosophy of teaching statement, faith and artistry statement, portfolio of work (e-portfolio preferred) and three references. Address letters to Dawne Swearingen Meeks; Chair of Theatre and send all materials Attn: Devin Braswell; ACU Fine Arts Administrative Coordinator to drc18a@acu.edu. Alternatively, the mail-in address is: Abilene Christian University Theatre Department, 126 Williams Performing Arts Center, ACU Box 27843, Abilene, TX 79699-7843

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Consideration of applications begins January 15, 2020, continuing until the position is filled.
Qualifications MFA, M. Music, MA, PhD or professional experience that is commiserate with a terminal degree in musical theatre or related field of study. Preferred qualifications include a record of successful artistic/professional achievements and prior experience in higher education.
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

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