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Adjunct Lecturer in Dramatic Arts Dramatic Writing Program

Dramatic Writing Program Los Angeles, California

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites applications for part-time adjunct lecturer positions in its Dramatic Writing Program teaching THTR 365 (Playwriting I) or THTR 366 (Playwriting II) starting January 1, 2018 and ending May 15, 2018.  These courses are graded skills-based workshops that focus on the essential elements of playwriting through weekly assignments, students’ initiative in artistic creation, occasional productions of scenes in workshop or in extracurricular context, and extensive classroom dramaturgical analysis.  THTR 365 meets on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, and THTR 366 meets on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Both classes require an additional hour of office hours to support student mentorship related to the course.  In addition, the positions require attendance at faculty meetings in the playwriting/dramatic writing area. 

Ideal candidates have a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting, dramatic writing, or creative writing and have had at least three plays produced professionally - one of them within the last three years.  Successful candidates can provide evidence of this scholarship and impact on the field.  International experience is especially desirable.  In addition, ideal candidates have three to five years (or more) of teaching experience and are mindful of diversity, equity, and inclusion with regard to all teaching considerations.  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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education:       Bachelor’s Degree in playwriting, dramatic writing, or creative writing
  • Experience:     1-2 years teaching, 5 years of professional playwriting
  • Skills:              Computer proficiency (MS Office, Outlook, and Internet)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education:      Master’s Degree in playwriting, dramatic writing, or creative writing
  • Experience:    3-5 years teaching, 10 years of professional playwriting and solid track record with at least three plays produced professionally (one of them within the last three years)
  • Skills:              Computer proficiency (MS Office, Outlook, and Internet)

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, direction, playwriting, design, critical studies, stage management, technical directing and applied theatre arts. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees and an active production program of more than 20 shows annually that utilize four venues on campus.

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 is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified individuals and from broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.



REQ20053986 Posted Date: 12/11/2017 - Thru date - 12/14/2017

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