Lecturer in Production Management
University of Florida
PO Box 115900
Position: Full-time, 12 month, non-tenure accruing faculty position
Date of Expected Hire: July 1, 2022
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Includes eligibility for comprehensive benefits package.
The School of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts seeks a new Lecturer in Production Management to join an existing faculty member in the development of a Faculty Production Management Team. This team will work closely with the School Director and additional faculty and staff in managing a vibrant educational performance season and will simultaneously collaborate in coordinating the stage management curriculum. The School’s season has historically included 7 theatre productions, 3 dance productions, and 2-4 lightly produced student showcases over a 12-month production calendar. The Faculty Production Management Team will oversee the realization of all productions, ensuring that the size and scope of each process can be executed with available budget, labor, facilities, and schedule. The Lecturer in Production Management will be an effective educator, who balances the demands of production with pedagogical realities and navigates difficult conversations to resolve conflict.
The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
The School is invested in responding to industry developments regarding person-centered production practices that promote access, equity, and inclusion and supports the health and well-being of student dance and theatre artists. The School seeks a collaborator to help us in creating sustainable production practices and identifying areas where we can respond effectively to these urgent developments in the field.
• Teach 1-2 courses per semester, including practicum courses
• Mentor student stage managers
• Embed principles of Access, Equity, and Inclusion in all aspects of production processes
• Respond to the changing needs of multiple productions simultaneously, effectively analyzing and prioritizing the ideas of numerous stakeholders
• Collaborate as part of a Faculty Production Management Team in the realization of all productions and facilitate design and production processes. This includes but is not limited to:
o Determining the appropriate scope of multiple productions in relationship to total resources (e.g. budget, calendar, shop labor)
o Navigating complex channels of communication between faculty design mentors, faculty and staff production/technology specialists, faculty choreographers and directors, guest artists, students in design and production roles, and student performers
o Managing production meetings and technical rehearsals
o Communicating with and facilitating collaboration between shops
• Develop curriculum relevant to area of specialization and in relationship to needs of the School
• Serve on School, College, and University committees as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: MFA (or equivalent professional experience) in production management, stage management, or closely related field. Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will bring to the position:
• Three or more years as a production manager in a professional setting
• Experience teaching at the university level
• Demonstrated capacity to manage change processes and revise systems to improve effectiveness, quality, and safety
• Demonstrated success working toward structural and strategic change in support of antiracism and access, equity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated commitment to education as a vehicle for personal and social transformation
• Experience in managing strategic improvements to theatre facilities
• Strong organizational, management, and communication skills