Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater (Design and Production)

The Department of Theater at Connecticut College invites applications for a visiting assistant professor (one year) in scenic, lighting and/or projection design with the ability to serve as the production manager for our mainstage season; expertise in other areas of theater welcomed (technical direction, stage management, dramaturgy and/or performance). This one-year position is projected to start on July 1, 2023 with the possibility of extension.  

The position entails teaching 4 courses (or course equivalents) in one or more of the following: scenic, lighting, or projection design and other areas of expertise, including our required course, Technical Theater and Design Process and the teaching and training of our backstage crews. The successful candidate will also serve as the production manager for our departmental season in collaboration with our technical director and Theater Services team, which is equivalent to a fifth course. Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, mentoring students and collaborating with professional guest artists and designers. Some weekend and evening hours are required. MFA required with teaching and/or leadership experience preferred.  We encourage candidates who would also be excited to collaborate with the Ammerman Center for Arts at Technology at Connecticut College,

The department consists of four full-time faculty members and we make use of frequent adjuncts, guest artists, designers and residencies. We serve enthusiastic and deeply curious students by maintaining an active production schedule and a comprehensive curriculum. The department sees the study of theater as elemental in the fulfillment of the College’s mission —educating students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. Working with the Dance and Music Departments, we have built a vibrant, spirited and creative department and are committed to articulating new and imaginative ways to approach the field in the classroom, studio, and theater. We are now housed in the beautifully renovated Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium and have one large, one moderate, and two small performance venues. 

In the last ten years our mainstage productions have included plays by Christopher Chen, Caryl Churchill, Sarah DeLappe, Griselda Gambaro, María Irene Fornés, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Henrik Ibsen, Rajiv Joseph, Lisa Kron, Charles Mee, Qui Nguyen, Anna Deavere Smith, Sarah Ruhl, William Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanne Tesori, Pig Iron Theatre and original plays by our students.

Please submit a cover letter addressed to Ken Prestininzi, Chair, Theater Search, a resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current, professional references to Interfolio at: Please note that finalists will be asked to provide syllabi and work samples appropriate to their area(s) of expertise. Review of applications will begin November 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.           

The teaching load for a full-time visitor is five courses per academic year. We value the contributions visitors bring to our community and encourage their active engagement with their departments and all aspects of campus life during the course of their appointment. Visiting faculty are initially participating members of the faculty and voting members in their second and subsequent years; their presence is welcome at all faculty meetings.    

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  AA/EOE

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols such as participation in weekly testing will be required of faculty, staff and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.        

Currently, the College is not sponsoring visas for this position.