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Sheleene Bell

One-Year Term Professional Lecturer of Theatre Studies

One-Year Term Professional Lecturer of Theatre Studies

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago invites applications for a full-time, one-year term faculty appointment in Theatre Studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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 teach within 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, with a particular emphasis on non-Western and minoritarian theatre traditions. 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, disabled, and trans/gender diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications *

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 an MFA or PhD. Coursework will be determined by a combination of the school’s needs and the candidate’s expertise, but will include classes in history of dramatic literature, performance studies, as well as introductory and advanced BFA directing classes.

This position requires excellent mentoring skills, cultural competency, and demonstrated success with individuals at early stages of professional and artistic development. The successful applicant will play an important role beyond the classroom, regularly advising and evaluating students on both course and production work, interviewing prospective students, and participating in departmental and School meetings and activities.

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 E. Kelley’s adaptation of Native Son, alum Tarell Alvin 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 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, 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.

Application Instructions *

Please apply online as soon as possible at: and include a cover letter (which includes a personal statement and teaching philosophy), CV/resume, and a statement detailing your commitment to diversity in artistry, theatre-making, and teaching. All applicants must apply online in order to be considered (paper applications will not be accepted).

For primary consideration, please submit materials by May 15, 2021. Letters of recommendation will need to be submitted as a part of the search process, and applicants are encouraged to have them uploaded to Interfolio as soon as possible, but they need not be completed in full by the May 15, 2021 deadline.

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