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Victoria Vinson

Theatre Faculty (Acting/Directing)

The School of Theatre and Music (STM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), invites applications for a tenure track (open rank) full-time position in Theatre (Acting/Directing) with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2022.

The successful candidate will possess a strong background in acting and/or directing and a knowledge of contemporary training and performance techniques for the actor; an ability to teach ​beginning and advanced acting courses and direct student productions; a commitment to equity and diversity in teaching; and a desire and ability to work with colleagues to sustain and grow a program for the 21st-century theatre artist. Duties include teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students; maintaining a vibrant professional creative or scholarly research agenda; and providing ongoing service to the university and profession.

Minimum requirements include an earned terminal degree (MFA, PhD), or an equivalent record of professional accomplishments; a nationally recognized profile as an actor and/or director, or evidence of potential for one in the theatrical field; professional and teaching experience interpreting a wide range of classic and contemporary texts; at least five years of professional experience; strong record of teaching; and a demonstrated commitment to supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in curriculum, the classroom, and the field.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The School of Theatre and Music aims to become a national leader in inclusive theatre and music education and training, and recognizes that underrepresented minority faculty members must play key roles in realizing this goal. Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant arts cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university that enrolls over 33,500 students. UIC is part of the University of Illinois land grant higher education system, is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses, and has a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. One of four units in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, the School of Theatre and Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs to over 120 undergraduate students in theatre and just under 100 students in music. Course work is offered leading to a BFA in Acting, a BA in Theatre and Performance, a BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology, a BA in Music, a BA in Music Business, a BM in Music Performance, and a BM in Jazz Studies. The faculty consists of performing artists and scholars. The Department of Theatre is led by Yasen Peyankov, Head of Theatre. Prof. Peyankov is an acclaimed Chicago actor and director whose work on stage is closely associated with Steppenwolf Theatre where he is an Ensemble Member since 2002. The School of Theatre and Music is led by Christine Dunford, Director (actor, director, adaptor), an Ensemble Member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1989. For more information, see

Applications are due by October 24, 2021. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to the UIC job board at Questions may be directed to Collette Pollard, at

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago