Full-Time, Teaching Track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Production Management & Producing – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Full-Time, Teaching Track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Production Management & Producing

The University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts invites applicants for a Full-time faculty position in Production Management & Producing starting as soon as possible with classes beginning in Fall 2024. Candidates are expected to stay active in their profession, bringing the knowledge and experience of current techniques and practices to the classroom. 

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. The School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) is actively seeking applications from qualified individuals from the broadest possible community. 

The successful candidate is a collaborative individual with sensitivity to the academic environment, who understands the need to balance theory and practice, shares the SDA’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and understands and values USC’s unique location in Los Angeles with its dynamic relationship between theatre, TV/film, digital media, and the themed entertainment industry.

Reports to: Dean of the School of Dramatic Arts

Responsibilities: This position is responsible for instructing, advising and mentoring BA and BFA students in the Production and Design cohort.  In addition, this role will have staff responsibilities to supervise the Associate Production Manager and oversee the Production Management Office, managing the calendaring, royalties acquisition, budget oversite, communication and production management for all SDA curricular productions, including house management, and supervision of staff shop managers and oversight of the Practicum Leaders (professional directors) that direct SDA’s curricular productions that range from new plays and classic drama to site-specific, immersive performance and musical theatre. As SDA enlarges our curriculum in theatrical producing at the graduate and undergraduate levels, this position will also be tasked with implementing new producing courses and mentoring student producers for our mainstage and independent student productions. All full-time faculty also participate in the administration of the School through committee service and other leadership roles.

Minimum Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years working as a professional Production Manager responsible for multiple productions for a single producing company or multiple large-scale productions as a freelance production manager; required skills include conceptualization, various communication and organizational techniques used in production management, text study, and advanced knowledge of scheduling and current equipment and software used professionally.   

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:  3-5 years teaching experience, an MFA and/or equivalent experience in the profession, demonstrated leadership in their fields, along with experience producing theatre and designing university curriculum.

In addition, the ideal applicant will have skills and advanced knowledge in these areas:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with staff, facility users and student stage crews
  • Managing production budgets
  • Prioritizing tasks to complete different projects with various deadlines
  • Self-motivation and autonomy
  • Safely work in theatrical environments including ladders, personnel lifts, catwalk areas, low-light or no-light environments
  • Safely operate departmental vehicles with a valid State Driver’s license  
  • Computer Proficiency: Word, Excel, Q-Lab, Vectorworks, experience as well as familiarity with management software such as Asana

Application Instruction: 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. 

The annual base salary range for this position is $90,000-$100,000 dependent on rank.  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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