Home / About / Employment / Clinical Assistant Professor, Stage Management

Clinical Assistant Professor, Stage Management

School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Job description:

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, Clinical Assistant Professor of Stage Management for a nine-month, fixed term, renewable faculty position beginning fall 2020.The ideal candidate will seek to be a part of the ASU community that is identified "not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed" as framed in our charter, and will have a record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their work. Additionally, the ideal candidate will hold fluency with current modes of educating stage managers, design and production students via culturally responsive approaches; have notable experience working on a range of projects; and hold a strong level of professional engagement as a stage manager for theatre and/or dance at a national level.

The Clinical Assistant Professor of Stage Management will work to advance the mission the School of Film, Dance and Theatre to increase and diversify numbers of first-generation graduates prepared to transform their fields and society. The candidate will be expected to facilitate the vision and voice of our students and their success through active mentorship and innovative new learning experiences that prioritize access and excellence in alignment with ASU and its charter and the Herberger Institute’s commitment to amplifying the projection of all voices.

We seek a professionally engaged, forward thinking, innovative, skilled stage manager/educator to assist in building an exciting curriculum of Stage/Arts Management courses across the disciplines of theatre, dance, and film. The ideal candidate is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, rehearsal room, and profession and has a track record of working to advance these aims. The Clinical Assistant Professor of Stage Management will be dedicated to mentoring individual student growth, developing a broad understanding of the educational and cultural needs of ASU’s student demographic, and possess fluency in current stage management practices.Responsibilities include teaching three to four courses per semester; mentoring and supervising students involved in school productions and events, internships, and individualized projects; and serving as stage manager for productions and events. This new faculty member will work collaboratively with colleagues across the School of Film, Dance and Theatre to impact the breadth and depth of new course offerings for major and non-major students in both in-person and online learning environments. In addition to teaching, active participation in shared faculty governance and service within the school, Institute, and university is expected.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life.

For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Film, Dance and Theatre:

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre is committed to investigating and situating the importance of disciplinary knowledge and artistic practices from film, dance and theatre as central to citizenship, democracy and our social wellbeing; to advancing practices within and across each discipline; and to researching and developing innovative and relevant pedagogical and curricular approaches that center equity. With over 650 film majors, over 250 undergraduate theatre majors, 100 undergraduate dance majors and over 50 MA, MFA and PhD students, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre is a dynamic teaching, learning and discovery environment in which production and curriculum are mutually supportive. Each year we present an extensive season of productions that push the boundaries of contemporary theatre and dance and an annual student film festival that highlights the best emerging talent in digital film and media production. Our programming features hundreds of live events and presentation of student films; these works engage over 20,000 community members in the metro Phoenix area. School initiatives include the Performance in the Borderlands series of lectures, workshops, performances and public discussions and Film Spark, which connects students to the Los Angeles entertainment industry through courses, workshops, mixers and collaborating with the Hollywood Invades Tempe student group to bring top filmmakers for screenings and Q&As. Cross Institute initiatives include the Urban Sol collaboration of Valley area DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers and ArtsWork, an initiative that unites artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.

For more information about the school of Film, Dance, and Theatre please visit filmdancetheatre.asu.edu/.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • MFA or MA in Stage Management or related field of study with a minimum of three years of professional experience working at a national level in stage management; OR, a BA, BS, or BFA in Stage Management or related field of study with a minimum of eight years of professional experience working at a national level in stage management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with current production practices and technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to address the educational and cultural needs of students and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the field.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence and innovation at the university level and/or record of professional mentorship in the field of stage management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety in the industry.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

  • Record of professional and relevant industry experience working across a variety of mediums (e.g., theatre, dance, opera, corporate, etc.) in a variety of venues (e.g., proscenium work, non-proscenium based work, devised work, socially engaged performances)
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education production processes
  • Demonstrated ability to embrace new technologies and innovate existing resources to solve common production issues
  • Ability to design and implement curriculum and programs in theatre, dance, and film, for both online and in-person courses, and collaborate in working across the disciplines that comprise the five schools in the Herberger Institute
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the following items: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy outlining your approach to equity, inclusion, and diversity as an educator. As part of the review process, candidates should be prepared to provide upon request a selection of paperwork from recent productions in PDF format including rehearsal and performance reports, contact sheets, calendars, and a call script/score and contact information for three references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/69116.

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is November 21, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.