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Open Academic Rank: Professor of Lighting Design in Dramatic Arts

School of Dramatic Arts Design Program Los Angeles, California

The USC School of Dramatic seeks applicants for a tenure-track appointment in its BFA/BA in Design Program.  The appointment will begin July or August of 2018.  This position is open to applicants of all ranks.

The primary responsibility for this position is teaching lighting design classes that concentrate on lighting for theatre, opera, and installation experiences. The goals of these classes are multifaceted; to develop each student's ability to explore and work with text, use a variety of tools to communicate design choices, to conceptualize designs that support the text and the vision or scope of a production, and to work collaboratively as a member of a team.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of teaching experience at the university level, and professional experience nationwide in lighting design for theatre, opera, and other performing arts applications. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and/or other digital tools. Experience working within the area of Projection Design is also greatly appreciated.

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:


Bachelor's Degree in Theatre or Related Field


3-5 years teaching in lighting design; 5+ years as a professional lighting designer


Working knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and/or other digital tools

Preferred Qualifications:


Master's Degree in Theatre or Related Field


5+ years teaching in lighting design; substantial professional credits as a lighting designer working at renowned theatres or equivalent venues


Working knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and/or other digital tools. Projection design experience and the ability to teach these skills.

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.

REQ20051395 Posted Date: 10/02/2017 - Thru date - 12/1/2017

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