Assistant Professor of Acting

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2024-08-26
  • Organization: UTEP
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  • Location: El Paso, Array
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The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications and nominations for the position of Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Acting. This position is for a qualified actor, director, or acting teacher who is committed to educating and cultivating the next generation of theatre professionals, educators, and leaders while serving UTEP’s dynamic student population and contributing to a framework of access and excellence. The successful candidate will also contribute to UTEP’s status as an R1 institution by having a robust agenda for research, grant writing, and/ or ongoing relevant creative and professional work in the industry. This position will start in fall 2024.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Teach a variety of acting classes from introductory to advanced levels
Teach additional performance classes in their particular area(s) of specialty including but not limited to movement, voice and speech, directing, acting for camera, etc.
Mentor students in academic, creative, and career planning.
Typically direct one mainstage show per year (with variance from season to season)
Collaborate with all design and technical areas in the process of directing
Maintain an active professional portfolio, and when possible, turn those professional relationships into student opportunities
Form working partnerships beyond the department to produce new work and scholarship and create community engagement opportunities
Develop and teach new undergraduate courses that emphasize a commitment to social responsibility, advocacy, and engagement
Contribute to the values, vision, and mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University as a whole.
Pursue external grants in support of research or creative activity, when appropriate and available in the faculty member’s field
Perform additional service duties including student recruitment, curricular assessment and revision, season selection, departmental representation, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

An MFA or other terminal degree in Theatre or Film, with a clear emphasis on Acting, Directing, or Musical Theatre
Extensive professional acting and/or directing experience at the national or international level either on stage, in film, or both
A demonstrated commitment to serving and mentoring a diverse population in a student-centered educational environment
Excellent communication, organizational, and resource/time-management skills
A commitment to collegiality within and outside the university
Clear and demonstrated potential for research, creative scholarship, and/or ongoing professional work
Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Certification or experience in Intimacy Coordination
Ability to teach in both English and Spanish
Union membership in SAG, AEA or both
Certification or experience in a performance teaching modality such as Meisner, Chekov, Alexander Technique, Linklater, Suzuki, etc.
Experience utilizing applied theatre in community-engaged settings such as healthcare, school outreach, correctional facilities, etc.

Additional Information:
In keeping with its access, excellence, and impact mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP’s Equal Opportunity Office at

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin December 8, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. All applicants must submit:

Cover Letter*
Link to digital portfolio, website, demo reel, or other documentation of creative work as a performer or director
List of three references
Statement of Teaching Philosophy*
* In either your Cover Letter or Teaching Philosophy please specifically address your interest in and approach to teaching the unique UTEP student population.


Sample syllabus from previous teaching experience
More information about the Department of Theatre and Dance can be found on our website at

Questions about the position should be sent to James Stratton, Chair of Search Committee