Information & Responsibilities
The Creative Producing and Management Program in the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for a full time producing faculty position to begin in the fall of 2019. The Producing Program at CalArts is one of the foremost programs in the United States with a specialized curriculum and a shared ethos for rigorous practical training, theoretical inquiry, hands-on production and aesthetic reflection. Dedicated to preparing the artistic leaders of the 21st century, CalArts is committed to experimental practices and approaches to training.
CalArts seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
Dedicated to the development of new voices and new forms, the CalArts’ School of Theater is one of the preeminent theater training programs in the country. Our goal is to educate the whole person, preparing fully equipped theater artists to enter and transform the world. We particularly encourage our students to build professional experiences and relationships while in school, mining every opportunity for them to create effective careers after graduation. The CalArts Center for New Performance, the Institute’s professional producing arm, embodies our firm commitment to open exactly such possibilities for talented, ambitious students. Our educational mission is to forge a community of citizen artists who are rigorously trained in their respective métiers and who are able to work effectively and innovatively across a broad spectrum of artistic settings, media, and technologies.
The Producing Instructor will teach producing to MFA producers in the Creative Producing and Management Program. The role will also involve overseeing the producing of School of Theater productions and participating in the multiple practical tasks of mounting a season: budgeting, marketing, artist engagement, rights acquisition, etc.
Important: This position will also involve a concomitant significant producing role in the CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP). The precise CNP title/role will be determined by the specific qualifications/aspirations of the selected candidate, as the teaching role will have primacy. The practical producing environment of CNP is a significant component of the learning experience of the CalArts MFA Producing student and is leveraged to be rigorously professional in all aspects.
Mentorship of students is the cornerstone of CalArts. Even though each student is assigned to one specific mentor, it is the responsibility of the faculty to advise any student in the School of Theater if they have the knowledge or expertise that the student requires.
• Class preparation, classroom instruction and grading.
• Significant student mentoring, providing mentor reports at the end of each year.
• Attending faculty meetings as scheduled throughout the year.
• Participation in reviews at the end of each semester and providing written evaluations for each of the students.
• Maintain a professional practice.
• Work with the Dean’s office to develop and execute contracts for visiting artists, guest directors, designers, performers, and other necessary paid personnel.
• Negotiate and secure rights, permissions and royalties to produce School Of Theater productions
• Develop, assist and participate in recruitment activity as determined by the Dean’s office
• Committee Service.
• Various other duties, as assigned by the Program Director and the Dean’s Office.
The ideal candidate is a producer with a strong professional practice, a firm commitment to teaching, dedication to working with a culturally, economically and intellectually diverse community of artists, and a demonstrated skill and passion for working with artists in the early stages of their training.
The following qualifications are essential for a successful candidate:
• Knowledge and experience of a variety of different producing models for live performance as well as a vested interest in how to engage and develop experimental performance practices.
• Significant professional experience and stature in the producing of live performance.
• Effective leadership and organizational skills.
How to Apply:
Applications are due April 14, 2019
Interested applicants should submit the following:
• A letter of application
• A summary of teaching philosophy, including candidate’s approach to facilitating an inclusive learning environment
• A current curriculum vitae
• A list of 3 professional references
Application materials may be mailed to Andrea Leblanc, Associate Dean, School of Theater, Attn: Producing Faculty Search, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355 or sent by email to email@example.com with Producing Faculty in the subject line.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.