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Sheleene Bell

Comedy Arts – Full Time Term Faculty

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago invites applications for a full-time term faculty appointment beginning Fall 2020 (one year contract, renewable annually). We seek a teacher who is experienced in comedy creation across multiple formats, focused on the development of new content, and who is passionate about teaching, collaborating, and contributing as part of a faculty re-shaping our conservatory for the current/future field on stage, screen, and in new media.


Demonstrated excellence in teaching across a variety of settings will be considered.

Candidates must possess a current, recognized, professional practice in comedy. We will consider candidates who have extensive professional experience equivalent to having a terminal degree, and/or an MFA/Ph.D. Courses will be determined by a combination of the School’s needs and the candidate’s expertise, which could include: Improvisation, Sketch Comedy, Comedy Scene Study, Physical Comedy, Directing Comedy, History of Comedy, Comic Styles. Ability to teach courses in the Theatre Studies core curriculum is valued. This position requires a leader who will guide the implementation and development of this new program and pursue partnerships in both the university and the profession.

In addition to professional experience in comedy, this position requires excellent mentoring skills, cultural competency, and success with talent at early stages of professional artistic development. The Theatre School is committed to providing our students a context to consider their responsibility to create work in a way that recognizes the dignity of each individual and to facilitate working environments that are caring and sensitive to the needs of others. Graduates of the program should be critical thinkers, active collaborators, and effective communicators through the instrument of comedy.

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.

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. Our faculty is made up of artists who are actively shaping the profession in Chicago’s world-class theater community, nationally and internationally. Graduates go on to lead the profession on stage and screen. Alumni include Kiki Layne, Joe Keery, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Judy Greer, Gillian Anderson, John C. Reilly, Charlayne Woodard, Lisa Joyce, Ann Dowd, Joe Mantegna, and Viola Spolin. Production is an integral part of the training and aims to serve Chicago’s dynamic community through new and established works for stage and screen, serving to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our university, our city and the profession.

With a proven record of fostering voices reflecting the diverse cultural makeup of Chicago, we seek someone passionate about continuing that mission; candidates of color, differently abled, and gender non-conforming, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 15 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 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.


Please apply online as soon as possible at: and include a cover letter (which includes a personal statement and teaching philosophy), CV/resume, and work samples. 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 6, 2020.

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