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Part-time Lecturer in Dance (Musical Theater)

Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Los Angeles, California

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 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.

The hallmark of the newly-established USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance — as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of a new movement model expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. The school provides students with foundational knowledge, opportunities for artistic development, access to a diverse performance repertory, exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, dance conditioning, and strategic career venture skills. Visit the School’s website at for more information.

In fall 2018, USC Kaufman is embarking on an exciting new collaboration with the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Under the leadership of Dean David Bridel, the School of Dramatic Arts is unveiling a brand-new professional degree in Musical Theatre, which will welcome its first cohort in Fall 2019. Taking advantage of the unparalleled resources and faculty of prestigious partner arts schools at USC, including the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the BFA in Musical Theatre will offer singular opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity. This degree is a rigorous, cohort-based, conservatory-style undergraduate program featuring comprehensive training in acting, voice, dance, dramaturgy, script-writing, lyrics writing, and composition. It offers students the opportunity for a transformative artistic journey as their foundational training is augmented by classes in the latest applications for musical theatre, including digital entrepreneurship and the on-screen musical.


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a Part-Time position as a Lecturer in Dance for Musical Theater. This is an exciting opportunity for an active artist/scholar to help build a ground-breaking program at a world class research institution. This position is expected to begin in August 2019 with possible, paid administrative duties in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. USC Kaufman seeks a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to teach all levels of dance, choreography, and directing for stage and screen for undergraduate majors, non-majors, and minors. Candidates will serve a diverse student population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and are expected to contribute to the School’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.


Selected individual will provide instruction in several styles of dance including but not limited to tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, ballroom, and vernacular dance forms. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to teach upper division courses in tap and/or ballroom. This position will also serve as the primary liaison between the Schools of Dance, Dramatic Arts, and Music, and will be charged with building a strong interdisciplinary and integrated partnership between dance and the musical theater program. Additional duties include student mentorship; non-major program oversight; collaborating with faculty on student evaluations, grading and assessment; participating in recruitment and selection of prospective students; facilitating visiting artist residencies; assisting in rehearsals; directing dance productions on a rotating basis with other faculty; and serving on departmental and university committees. Applicants will be expected to represent USC Kaufman at the University as well as within local, national and international dance communities.


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is interested in recruiting candidates who have demonstrated an ongoing, successful engagement with the highest standards of scholarship and/or creative activity, consistent with the expectations for excellence in a Research I university.

Successful candidates will: (1) have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching dance for musical theater, (2) possess expertize in several styles of dance including but not limited to tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, ballroom, and vernacular dance forms, (3) demonstrate a wide knowledge of historical and contemporary musical theatre practices as they relate to dance, (4) maintain a strong understanding of the current professional landscape on stage and screen in Los Angeles, New York, the West End, and internationally, and (5) participate in recruitment audition, and selection process in evaluating dance skills for prospective students.


Initial appointment is expected to begin in August 2019 for a period of one year, concluding in May 2020, with paid administrative services likely in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Renewal beyond the initial period of appointment is possible, but not guaranteed. Review of applications to begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


All candidates should submit a (1) letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae including teaching experience, courses taught and developed, professional experience for productions and/or choreography; and (3) names and contact information for three current professional references. Additional materials including writing samples and existing course syllabi may be requested at a later date and could include productions choreographed and/or directed. Letters of interest should describe candidate’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and the performing arts.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 


· B.F.A in Dance. Equivalent professional experience in teaching dance for musical theater, preferably in a university setting, will be considered in lieu of educational experience.

· Professional credits in musical theatre (Broadway, West End, or national tour preferred) and/or creating work for film and television.


· Professional experience, with national recognition, as a performer and/or choreographer.

· Bachelor’s degree and/or M.F.A in Dance or related field. 

REQ20062473 Posted Date: 09/24/2018

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