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24 Apr 2020

Part-Time Lecturer in Theater, Dance & Media

Harvard Theater, Dance & Media  Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Job Description

The Committee on Degrees in Theater, Dance & Media seeks applications for two lecturers in any of four possible areas: somatic practices/physical theater; songwriting for theater; design for performance; contemporary global performance.


The lectureships will be part-time, teaching two courses per year (either one each term, or two courses in one term). Both positions are for three years, with the second two years contingent on a satisfactory performance review during the first year. Appointments may begin on August 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021.


Responsibilities include

  • Teaching courses in the specified area. Courses may range from studios or workshops to traditional lecture or seminar formats to hybrid courses. Course topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • Somatic Practices/Physical Theater: Laban, Viewpoints, Lecoq, Suzuki, Alexander Technique, Dalcroze, improvisation, clowning, mime, commedia dell’arte, Noh, stage combat.
    • Songwriting for Theater: songwriting; musical theater composition; contemporary musical theater.
    • Design for Performance: lighting, scene, costume, sound, property design, in practice, in theory, and historically; theater architecture; performance installations.
    • Contemporary Global Performance: contemporary performance, particularly beyond the United States; intersections between performance and contemporary political or social problems.
  • For applicants in the first three areas, professional contributions to a department production in the applicant’s area of expertise (e.g., movement consulting, composing original music, designing sets) may, on occasion, count as a contracted course.
  • Advising students in Theater, Dance & Media, including thesis advisement and evaluation.
  • Serve on Theater, Dance & Media and University Committees as needed.


Basic Qualifications:
PhD or MFA and/or significant professional experience required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications:
Demonstrated excellence in teaching is desired.

Special Instructions:
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (
Candidates are encouraged to apply by May 3, 2020; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Review of applicants will start on May 4, 2020.

  1. Cover letter, including teaching philosophy, description of artistic practice, as well as comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion and belonging in the classroom and artistic work.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two syllabuses, each explaining the goals of the course, potential assignments, and a week-by-week outline of topics/materials/approaches.
  4. Optional: evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as recent teaching evaluations.
  5. Names and contact information of three references. (Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters are requested by May 10, 2020. Applicants have the option to include up to two more references.)

You will be asked to specify which area(s) you wish to be considered. Please indicate more than one if your work and teaching encompasses multiple categories.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Lecturer in Theater, Dance & Media
  Harvard Theater, Dance & Media
   Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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