Artist-in-Residence: Emerson Stage Artistic Director

The Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time Artist-in-Residence to serve as the Artistic Director of Emerson Stage, the producing organization within the Department of Performing Arts comprised of the students, faculty, staff and guest artists of the department. The one-year renewable appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks: Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

Emerson Stage is the production company within the Department of Performing Arts and produces nine to ten fully staged major productions annually in five theatres, with additional production opportunities available to our students through curricular projects, student theatre organizations and ArtsEmerson, the College’s professional presenting company. In its structure and processes, Emerson Stage models professional theatre making practices and seeks to expand, respond to and create the next generation of theatre-makers. Season selections are based primarily in the training needs of our students as evident in a varied curriculum encompassing BFA programs in Acting, Theatre and Performance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Education, Theatre Design Technology/Stage and Screen Design Technology, Stage and Production Management, and Theatre (which includes Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Theatre Studies, and Arts Management), and an MA/MFA Program in Applied Theatre/Theatre Education. Serving at the pleasure of the Chair, the Artistic Director leads the season selection process by working with an Advisory Committee comprised of curricular area heads, student representatives, professional production staff and management leadership. The AD identifies and recommends guest directors, serves as the supervisor of all directors, attends production meetings, rehearsals as necessary and facilitates the casting process for all Emerson Stage productions. Other performance related activities for community events, development/institutional advancement may be required as well. Faculty members in this position will also teach 2 or 3 courses (8-12 credits) per academic year in the AD’s area of specialty and may direct one show each season as a course equivalent during the Emerson Stage season, starting with the 20-21 season.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, support material/links to professional work, and contact information for three references. In addition, applicants should provide a statement on the applicant’s position on artistic direction, particularly within the educational context described above and address their approach to inclusive and collaborative leadership @

Priority will be given to applications received by June 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.