McMurry University, a small, liberal arts institution with a Methodist affiliation, is seeking a Theatre Generalist to be part of a very production oriented, two-person Theatre Department. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track, limited term appointment for two years, with the possibility of a third year, based on funding and departmental needs. We provide a strong, active, and tailored liberal arts education through small class sizes and intentional relationships between students and their faculty mentors.
Located in a community of 120,000 with three other universities in town, and a short two-hour drive west of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we support purposeful and practical academic experiences in and out of the classroom that leverage this location as students pursue personal, intellectual and professional growth.
The ideal candidate will have an MFA in theatre with the broad based knowledge necessary to function in more than one area of theatre production. Specific skills that would be beneficial include, but are not limited to, costume design, costume construction, directing, scene design, light design, stage management. This position carries a 3:3 teaching load with directing and production oversight responsibilities. The ideal candidate should be able to teach a selection of required courses in the following areas: Intro to Theatre; Survey of Fine Arts, Theatre History, Costume Design and History, Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, Creative Dramatics, Theatre in the Secondary; Various Acting Courses; and in other areas of instructional interest.
The person hired for this position will direct at least one production in addition to set, light, and/or costume design during the academic year. In rotation with the Artistic Director, this candidate will have opportunity to oversee summer theater shows in traditional and dinner theatre formats. Participation in student recruitment activities is expected.
MFA, or Ph.D. in Theatre; some teaching experience
About McMurry University
Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University enrolls more than 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and 77% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline. Offering a diverse academic curriculum students can choose from 45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. The three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a subject outside their major, and the Servant Leadership Program teaches students about ethics and helps develop leadership qualities.