Associate Professor of Contemporary Theater and Performance
The New School, Co
Location: New York, New York
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: MA
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The College of Performing Arts (CoPA) at The New School (consisting of the Mannes School of Music, The School of Drama, and The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music) invites applications for an Associate Professor of Contemporary Theater and Performance on a full-time faculty Renewable Term Appointment (RTA) line. This faculty position includes a key administrative leadership role in the implementation of a new graduate degree, the Master of Fine Arts: Contemporary Theater and Performance (MFACTP), launching in Fall 2021. The new MFACTP degree reimagines traditional conservatory training, prioritizing multidisciplinary practice, fearless collaboration, creative innovation, social engagement, and project-based learning; it will be led by and is for the multidisciplinary and generative performing theater artist.
The position will begin as soon as possible with an initial three-year renewable term appointment and the possibility of renewal, following confirmation of ongoing institutional need, and a successful reappointment review. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
The teaching load at The New School is five courses per academic year in the area of the faculty’s discipline. The successful finalist will serve as Program Director for the MFACTP program, with the release of three courses for the administrative responsibilities in the AY 2021-22 academic year and two course releases in each of the subsequent two years. The Program Director works as part of a leadership team to develop, implement, and provide support for curricula, policies, student recruitment, and faculty training. The faculty member is expected to contribute actively to maintaining an educationally diverse and creative community in all its activities, and to participate in extracurricular activities (e.g., auditions, review panels, advising, independent study, etc.). They must have a significant interest in working collaboratively within the College of Performing Arts and the University towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.
The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and draws together the Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances. The over 1,100 students at CoPA are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at CoPA collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more.
The curriculum at CoPA is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers, Artist Entrepreneurs, and Contemporary Theatre Artists, are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.
The candidate will be inspired by the broad range of disciplines offered across CoPA and The New School, including design, social sciences, liberal arts, visual arts, and of course, the performing arts.
While we recognize that no single candidate will possess all of the following, the ideal candidate will have:
? A graduate degree in a directly related field
? An evolving national recognition as a practicing artist
? A minimum of three years of experience teaching in higher education
? A broad and deep understanding of theatrical performance and creation
? A significant interest in transdisciplinary collaboration
? Administrative experience in an academic or arts organization
? A track record of performing and/or publishing in conventional and non-traditional forums
? Experience in mentoring students for careers in performing arts fields
? Knowledge of the current trends and transformations in the professional landscape and industries
? A track record of advancing equity, inclusion, and social justice through their teaching and creative practice
? An openness to sharing ideas, experience and knowledge with others
? Excellent organizational and communication skills
Candidates must apply online. Email submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will not be returned to the applicant. Included with materials should be:
? Curriculum Vitae
? Cover letter
? A concise statement of pedagogical approach and teaching philosophy, summarizing past teaching experience
? Well-organized selection of artistic work in an easily accessible format (for example: website, Adobe pdf, YouTube or Vimeo)
? Names and contact information for at least four references
? Other supporting material such as a selection of applicant’s writing (writings, interviews, statements, course evaluations) and critical reviews of applicant’s work by others
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