Full-Time, Teaching-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Creative Entrepreneurship – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Full-Time, Teaching-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Creative Entrepreneurship

The School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) is seeking applicants for a full-time, teaching-track Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship for its BA and BFA Performance programs as well as mentorship of its MFA Acting and Dramatic Writing students. The position will start July 1, 2024.

The primary responsibility for this position is teaching courses in creative entrepreneurship that empower students to become initiating artists and content creators using both digital and in-person platforms. The goal of these classes is to develop each student’s personal brand grounded in values, wellness, and monetization. The successful candidate will possess personal experience building their own brand on digital and in-person platforms as well as a strong intellectual grasp of the history and theory undergirding today’s creator economy. The successful candidate will also understand performers as media-agile storytellers equipped to perform across mediums and create their own material to sustain their careers as working artists and capture as much value as possible.

Other responsibilities include fostering the excellence and vitality of both BFA and BA programs; promoting the School as a vital part of the arts and entertainment environment of Southern California; as well as advancing the reputation and visibility of the School nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate is a charismatic individual with sensitivity to the academic environment; someone who has demonstrated leadership in their career and someone who shares the School’s credo and mission. While academic credentials are desirable, all equivalent experience in the professional arena is also important. The successful candidate must understand the need to balance theory and practice. Additionally, they must understand and value the School of Dramatic Arts’ unique location in Los Angeles and the dynamic relationship that exists between live theatre and the entertainment industry at large. Ideally, applicants should have at least three to five years teaching experience and substantial professional credentials. Required skills include the ability to lecture and teach on various aspects of the creator economy as they relate both to the liberal arts in general and the art of acting specifically.

Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references (only contacted with the consent of the applicant).

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:      BA or BFA degree

Experience:     1-2 years teaching experience

Skills:             Content creation, creative entrepreneurship, digital performance, social media influencing

Preferred Qualifications:

Education:      MA, MBA, MFA, Ph.D., or other doctoral degree

Experience:     3 to 5 years teaching experience. Extensive knowledge in establishing a personal brand and monetization strategy or managing creators in doing the same; deep understanding of Web 3.0 and its potential for performing artists

Skills:             Financial management for multiplatform creators; today’s business of acting; talent management for content creators

The annual base salary range for this position is $80,000-$95,000 dependent on the rank of hire. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which comprises the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC and SDA are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that affirms identity, embraces our university’s core values of wellness, equity, and civility, and celebrates the unique dimensions of every Trojan. USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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