St Edwards University
  • Art
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Assistant Professor in Theater Arts-Resident Director Tenure Track Position

St. Edward's University

School of Arts & Humanities

The Department of Performing Arts (PERF)/ Mary Moody Northen Theatre

The St. Edward's University, a nationally ranked, independent Catholic university and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, Assistant Professor in Theater Arts-Resident Director in the Department of Performing Arts/Mary Moody Northen Theatre to begin in the Fall 2022. The ideal candidate will have expertise in varied approaches to acting and directing. Additional skills in teaching devised works for majors and non-majors is desirable. Desired secondary expertise may include (but is not limited to): stage combat, Michael Chekhov, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and/or other movement pedagogies. In addition, the successful candidate will bring knowledge of new play development and a demonstrated commitment to supporting the work of writers and directors of color. We are seeking a collaborative theatre artist/teacher to help us grow our program. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to supporting a diverse student body. St. Edward's University embraces excellence through diversity and especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority groups.

The Resident Director serves as the theater's primary in-house curator and represents the University in the larger community. Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) serves as the professional producing arm of the St. Edward's University Department of Performing Arts theater training program and operates as a "learning laboratory" where students apply skills gained in the classroom to the practical work required in bringing a dramatic text from page to stage. The Resident Director is a faculty member and will report directly to the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts.


  • The standard teaching load at St. Edward's is four courses per semester for a total of eight in an academic year. This faculty member will receive one-course reassignment each semester while serving as resident director. Courses taught will include those in the BFA and BA degree programs.
  • Provide artistic and producing leadership for MMNT
  • Actively engage in advising, program expansion activities, departmental, school, university, community, and professional service.
  • Participate in program, departmental, and school-level service.
  • Perform other required faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty Manual.

Required Qualifications

  • M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree in a theatre discipline.
  • Professional directing and producing experience.
  • Evidence of a critical perspective on issues of diversity and multiculturalism
  • A current, ongoing, and recognized theatrical or performance practice of at least 5 years
  • A commitment to continuing work in the profession
  • Membership in a professional theatrical union.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Season planning experience.
  • Secondary area of teaching experience in movement-related pedagogies
  • Minimum 3 years demonstrated teaching, mentoring and advising experience at the university or professional level
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms.
  • Deep understanding of and appreciation for the theater production process.
  • Recruiting experience.

Department of Performing Arts

The St. Edward's University Department of Performing Arts provides students a well-rounded foundation that values all facets of the performing arts. Through rigorous training, mentorship and practical experience in a professional setting, we challenge theater students to discover their voice as the storytellers and content creators of tomorrow. We offer a BFA in Acting and a BA in Theatre Arts with study emphasis in Theatre Management, Design/Technology, or Emerging Forms. We are committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. As we invest in building diversity, equity, and inclusion in our faculty, research, coursework, and other activities, we are seeking faculty who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our programs and courses through their research, teaching, and service

Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) operates on a professional model and stands at the center of the St. Edward's University theater training program. Through MMNT, students work alongside professional actors, directors and designers, and explore all facets of theatrical production. MMNT is affiliated with Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. MMNT operates under an AEA U/RTA contract and is a member of Theatre Communications Group.

St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University is an independent Catholic university and Hispanic-serving institution with a commitment to social justice. Our current enrollment is 3,600 students. The campus is located on a hilltop overlooking Austin - the dynamic, creative, capital city of Texas. The school was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross and chartered in 1885.

More information about St. Edward's University may be found at

Special Conditions

Requires operating instructional technology in a studio-based environment. This position involves moving between classrooms in separate buildings on campus on a daily basis.

Application Procedures

Submit the following materials online at

  • Cover letter addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position and listing
  • Teaching philosophy statement that explains how the candidate's lived experience will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how the candidate will approach diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and production
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement that details the candidate's (1) knowledge, (2) track record, and (3) plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a professional at St. Edward's University (2 page maximum). Your DEI statement should be included as a separate document and should not contain your name or any other personally identifiable information. For further guidance, please visit the St. Edward's University website on DEI
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation emailed to Jacqueline Tamayo, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, at

Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2021. We will review the applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Candidates selected for the final stage of review may be asked to submit additional materials.

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers. We consider applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference #: F99778

Posted: 11/10/2021

Available: Fall 2022

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