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Sheleene Bell

Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty appointment in Theatre Studies beginning fall 2020. We seek an individual who is a practicing multidisciplinary artist and/or scholar, who is passionate about teaching, collaboration and contributing as part of a faculty re-shaping our conservatory for the current/future field on stage and in new media. We are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in varied approaches to directing, as they will be reshaping a BFA directing curriculum that caters to students with a wide variety of interests from devising to traditional scripted work to immersive theatre. In addition, a successful candidate will bring knowledge of theatre history and dramatic literature, as well as particular expertise in African American, Latinx, Indigenous or Asian American theatrical methodologies. The Theatre School has a proven record of presenting and fostering voices that reflect the rich, diverse cultural makeup of Chicago, and we seek someone who is passionate about continuing that mission. Candidates of color, differently abled and trans/gender diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Demonstrated excellence in teaching across a variety of settings will be considered. Candidates must possess a current, ongoing, and recognized theatrical or performance practice of at least 5 years. We will consider candidates who have extensive professional experience equivalent to having a terminal degree, and/or and MFA or PhD. Coursework will be determined by a combination of the school’s needs and the candidate’s expertise, but will include history of dramatic literature, as well as introductory and advanced BFA directing classes.

This position requires excellent mentoring skills, cultural competency, and demonstrated success with talent at early stages of professional artistic development. Faculty play important roles beyond the classroom; directing students in performances, regularly advising and evaluating students on both course and production work, and participating in administrative and service activities for the School.

About The Theatre School

Long recognized as one of America’s top training institutions, The Theatre School was founded as The Goodman School of Drama in 1925 and is deeply rooted in Chicago’s traditions of ensemble, physicality and play. The Theatre Studies department includes BFA students in playwriting, theater management, dramaturgy, directing, comedy arts, education and engagement, and multidisciplinary practice.

Our faculty is made up of artists who are actively shaping the profession in Chicago’s world class theatre community, nationally and internationally. Graduates go on to lead the profession on stage and screen. Production is an integral part of the training and aims to serve Chicago’s dynamic community through new and established works for the stage. Recent productions include alum Nambi Kelly’s adaptation of Native Son, alum Tarrell McCraney’s Wig Out!, Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful and Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 3.

DePaul University is a thriving multi-faceted Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university with ten schools and colleges, two main campuses, and enrollment of over 22,000 students. The Theatre School, located on the university's Lincoln Park campus, enrolls 395 students in 12 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Our faculty (27 Full time and 74 part time) includes leading Chicago theatre artists across all disciplines.

Because the School seeks faculty members who bring a critical perspective to issues of diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism, candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadlines: Please apply online as soon as possible at: and include a cover letter (which includes a personal statement and teaching philosophy) and CV/resume. All applicants must apply online in order to be considered (paper applications will not be accepted). Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later stage of the search process. Application closes on January 5, 2019.

Contact Info:
Sheleene Bell
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, Illinois