Professor of Practice in Theatre Acting/Directing

Position ID: 37740
Georgia State University
College of the Arts
School of Film, Media & Theatre
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Professor of Practice in Theatre Acting/Directing

Log# 19-032

Be part of the School of Film, Media & Theatre’s growing faculty at Georgia State University, an enterprising Research I university in Atlanta. Our new Professor of Practice in Theatre Acting/Directing will play a central role in the school’s contributions to Georgia State’s strategic goals of highlighting the arts and media as vital to the quality of all major cities and demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates.

Professors of Practice appointments at Georgia State University are organized to connect professional practitioners to the more traditional academic work of a Research I university. Professors of Practice may be annually renewed in perpetuity given effective performance. Opportunities for growth and support in this position include university-level teaching fellowships and grants through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and leadership in instructional innovation through our active learning classroom program.

The Film and Media faculty and the Theatre faculty at Georgia State University merged in July 2017 to form the School of Film, Media & Theatre. The new school has over 900 majors and houses a Ph.D. program in Moving Image Studies, master’s programs in film/media production and studies, and undergraduate programs in film/media and theatre. We are located in the heart of the third largest media-producing capital in America, a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant theatre community. The School of Film, Media & Theatre is dedicated to broadening the range of voices heard in American culture (including perspectives that are often marginalized because of race, gender, age, class, rural status, gender identity, ethnicity, body image, disability, sexual orientation, military status, religion, or political orientation).

The School of Film, Media & Theatre is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music, the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA), and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene, a vibrant theatre community, and booming film and music industries.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students significant research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #4 in Most Innovative Schools, #8 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #11 in Campus Ethnic Diversity among national universities.


Candidates for professor of practice may have a background in Equity or non-Equity theatre, in academic theatre departments, or in some combination of both. The selected candidate can anticipate teaching theatre performance and related classes in an undergraduate theatre program as well as annually directing a major production. The professor of practice is expected to cultivate strong relations with theatrical organizations in the Atlanta area and to provide leadership for the theatre program.


Essential Qualifications

  •  18 hours of graduate study in theatre or a related field;
  • An emerging record of work as an actor and/or director;
  • Ability to teach theatre performance and related classes at the undergraduate level;

Preferred Qualifications

  • A significant record of work as an actor and/or director;
  • Master’s or doctoral degree in theatre or a related field;
  • A history of leadership in theatre organizations;
  • The ability to teach stage movement and/or voice at the undergraduate level;
  • Experience with musical theatre;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • A record of interdisciplinary connections to allied arts fields (film, music, art).


  • $45,000- $60,000

Application Procedure

Submit: 1) a letter of application addressing a) the essential and preferred qualifications; b) your past and/or potential contributions to diversity/inclusion through creative activity and/or teaching; c) your approach to production/performance/directing; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) evidence (e.g., reviews, recordings of performances, etc.) documenting highlights of your theatre career; and 4) at least two letters of recommendation.

Applicants should send their materials to or to the following address:

Attn: Regina Anderson

College of the Arts-Film, Media & Theatre

Georgia State University

P.O. Box 5060

Atlanta, GA 30303

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Keith Tims, To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by December 1, 2017. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.  

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in Theatre.


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Directing and Theatrical Production
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator