Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre

Bridgewater State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre

Rank: Assistant Professor
Tenure Information: Tenure Track

Department Summary:
The Department of Theatre at Bridgewater State University is committed to the artistic empowerment and educational invigoration of our students. With a strong liberal arts core, we develop well-rounded students, prepared to engage with their communities as professional theatre practitioners and educators in the arts. We strive for inclusive theatrical participation and collaboration that drives conversation and social change. BSU Department of Theatre offers a BA in Theatre Arts, a BA in Theatre Education, and a minor in Theatre Arts. The Theatre Department consists of four full time faculty members, approximately 15 part time faculty members, and enrolls approximately 80 majors and minors.

Our department produces three faculty directed shows each season, including one musical, one lab-style production associated with a semester long course, and one straight play. Additionally, we produce two student directed and designed shows each spring. Our department also participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students; focused on the continuous improvement of its people; and is responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking and the pursuit of new knowledge and deeper understanding. The teaching and learning environment at Bridgewater also cultivates meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships and fosters an appreciation for global engagement aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our institutional values, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed.

Bridgewater State University is equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties:
The Department of Theatre invites applications for the position of tenure track Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to direct one production each academic year, mentor student directors, and teach courses in directing, acting, voice and movement, theatre for young audiences, and/or general education courses in theatre. Bridgewater State University has a 4-4 teaching responsibility. Faculty are expected to maintain a creative presence in their field, engage in departmental and university service, and advise theatre education and theatre arts majors and minors. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduate research in theatre and theatre education and participate in recruitment efforts.

The successful candidate will work with their colleagues to help meet the mission of the department in serving and supporting our racially and ethnically diverse campus community.

Required Qualifications:
MFA or PhD in Theatre Performance and/or Directing by September 1, 2024.

Experience working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes.

Record of directing straight plays and musicals at collegiate level.

Record of teaching collegiate theatre performance and directing.
Record of student-centered teaching approach.
Record of teaching theatre for young audiences.
Record of related professional theatre experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Understanding of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Theatre and the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

Experience mentoring student directors, dramaturgs, and researchers.

Experience with recruitment and retention for theatre departments.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Posting Number: F00464P
Open Date: 09/25/2023
Close Date: 12/3/2023
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

* A minimum of three (3) professional reference entries in space provided on the application form.
* Resume/CV
* Cover Letter
* Equity and Inclusion Statement- a personal statement on a candidate’s past efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The equity and inclusion statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss scholarship, professional skills, and demonstrable experience that would enhance the university’s efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidates’ application materials.

To apply, visit

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.


Job Keywords:
More jobs in: