Assistant Professor of Drama-Acting

University of Washington, School of Drama

The University of Washington School of Drama (SoD) is hiring an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position in Drama-Acting to begin September, 2024.  This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period.  The base salary range for this position will be $9667 – $10,740 per month on a 9-month basis ($87,000 – $96,600 annually), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

We are interested in candidates that have a solid body of work as a performer in theater, dance-theater, TV/film, and/or other interdisciplinary media. The focus of this teaching position is on embodied acting, and we are particularly interested in individuals who reimagine approaches to training and creative processes and whose approach embraces the transformative contribution of theatre to society.

The emphasis of this teaching position is on embodied performance – maximizing the body’s expressiveness, as well as creative processes for both enlivening existing texts/scripts and generating original work. We understand and acknowledge that people can come to the field of acting from many different pathways. The SoD’s current acting training is largely based on the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski, and includes extensive physical and vocal training, as well as practices to develop original works. We are interested in supplementing or broadening our current practices.

We are particularly enthusiastic about applicants whose background and/or experience has included, but is not limited to, the following positive factors for consideration:

  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
  • A demonstrated commitment to self-education, cultural awareness collaboration, and growth to solidify connections between faculty, students, and staff.
  • Enthusiasm for their role as educator of emerging artists.
  • Experience performing in multiple types of environments, which may include non-traditional, experimental, immersive, interactive, virtual and site-based performance as well as commercial theater, regional/LORT or international theater, opera, and dance.
  • Skill sets or experiences that include but are not limited to one or more of the following: world theatre, dance, improvisation, spoken word, hip hop, ritual theatre, rasa boxes, devised and/or ensemble-generated processes, and other interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Experience performing for film, games, art installation and/or other interdisciplinary creative work.
  • A history of service/engagement with their academy/community
  • Eagerness to engage in the goals and values presented in the School of Drama’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Commitments.

Participation in academic administrative work, including curricular development and committees, is expected along with other forms of service typical of a tenure-track faculty position. In addition to teaching and service, a research and/or creative practice outside of university duties will be significant criteria in the assessment for promotion and tenure for the position.

The School of Drama is committed to building and supporting a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. We aim for all members of our community to think critically about and engage actively with the world around them. To this end, we aim to embed engagement for our faculty, staff, and students with the ways that race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class, and ethnicity intersect with and shape the human experience, both inside the educational experience and outside of it. Our faculty and staff are expected to understand and embrace our commitment to respecting and representing diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions, and to interrupt behaviors that hinder our work towards anti-racism and our diversity and inclusion efforts. Black, Indigenous, People of Color and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply for this position.


  • An MFA in Acting or other related fields or foreign equivalent, or a bachelor’s degree coupled with five years of progressive work experience as a performer.
  • Two years prior experience teaching and/or mentoring of learners either within a professional creative practice or a traditional academic setting.
  • Continuing work as a professional performer for theatre, dance, transmedia/digital performance, other live performance, virtual and/or augmented reality, digital game design, or film/television.

Application Instructions
The University of Washington is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search.  The link to the full posting on the UW website can be found at  Applicants to this position receive a free dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of application describing your expertise and experience, highlighting your approach to creative research and teaching, your vision for the field, and your capacities as a collaborative artist.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • A diversity statement (one page or less)
  • A teaching statement (one page or less)

The diversity statement should describe how your teaching, research and/or service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through scholarship or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups.

The letter of application is an invitation to share what about this position motivates you and how it might connect to your larger professional trajectory, i.e. what is your vision of the field in the coming decades and what motivates you as a teacher of future artists?

For more information about the application materials please view the full posting on the UW website

The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received by October 30, 2023.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information
A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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