Assistant Professor of Theater in Directing

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

102 E. Melnitz Hall, 303
CA 90095


Oct 15, 2022


Aug 11, 2022

The UCLA Department of Theater invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Directing effective July 1, 2023. We seek candidates with the potential for exceptional research/creative activity and excellence in teaching, who will actively contribute to the diversity of viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, experiences and practices in the Department of Theater.

Candidates should have expertise in directing contemporary performance which may include but is not limited to the following areas: new play development, digital/multimedia theater, social practice, devised theater, musical theater, collaborative creation, Indigenous Performance, Latinx performance, Asian-American performance, African-American performance and/or intercultural performance.

Candidates must demonstrate a continuing artistic practice, a commitment to higher education and the ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. We actively seek candidates who will complement and diversify the Theater Department’s cultural, pedagogical and artistic strength and encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of communities under-represented in the field of theater.

The successful candidate will teach an array of courses as applicable to their expertise in the BA and MFA programs, and contribute to the advancement and growth of the directing area and Theater Department. Proficiency in the principles of directing, script analysis, staging techniques, collaborative creation, new play development, and contemporary theater-making is preferred. The position will also require advising students in production, assisting in recruitment for the BA and MFA programs, and contributing to curricular development.

The position will also require committee responsibilities on a departmental and university level, such as curricular development, participating in recruitment, and contributing to the season selection.

The candidate will be expected to maintain and grow a robust professional career in addition to their teaching and academic service load.


Applicants should have a completed terminal degree or a minimum of 4 years professional experience.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Excellence or the promise for excellence in creative research.
Ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
A collaborative approach to theater education and ongoing relationships in the field.
A welcoming approach to students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in theater performance, production, and scholarship.
Ability to work with a wide range of culturally diverse students.
Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, and commitment to diversity are strongly sought after.