1 Apr 2024


Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Theatre

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania  →   East Stroudsburg, PA 18301


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Job Description

Assistant Professor of Theatre Technical Direction and Lighting Design


East Stroudsburg University’s Theatre Department is looking for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Theatre Technical Direction and Lighting Design. 

Located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, ESU’s proximity to New York City and Philadelphia provides convenient access to professional markets, careers, and social activities. Just minutes from campus are the country’s largest water parks, scenic Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area, Appalachian Trail, and other opportunities for recreational fun.

The department is looking to welcome a new faculty member specializing in lighting design and/or technical direction. The successful candidate will be involved in program planning and improvement, collaborating with department faculty in curriculum implementation, professional development, and providing support for students and mainstage productions. This individual should be dedicated to teaching, in both traditional classroom settings and in theatre production labs.

The ESU Theatre Department is located in the Fine and Performing Arts building on campus. Our facilities feature multiple performance and rehearsal spaces, with fantastically equipped shops and classroom spaces. We are a collaborative faculty that enjoys working closely together both in the classroom and onstage. ESU’s Theatre, Music, and Dance Department is committed to creating and developing a diverse, engaged, artistically well-balanced body of future theatre professionals, performers, and teachers. The Department offers a BA in Theatre with four areas of concentration: Acting for Theatre, Television, and Film; Musical Theatre; Directing; Design and Technical Theatre.


  • Teaching, advising, and supervising a vibrant community of diverse students.
  • Ability to teach specialized courses in lighting design, lighting technology, projections, stagecraft, technical direction and technical theatre areas as qualified, as well as introductory theatre classes for the general population.
  • Production duties include the practical mentorship of student lighting designers and electricians, directly supervising hang and focus and related equipment for departmental productions.
  • Contributing to productions as a designer and/or technical director.
  • Assisting in the scene shop and providing technical direction support.
  • Assisting in student recruitment.
  • Serving on departmental, college, and university committees.


  • Terminal degree (MFA or PhD) conferred by August 1, 2024.
  • Record of outstanding teaching, and significant professional experience in theatre design and technology.
  • Commitment to undergraduate education and developing curricula that can meet student needs.
  • Experience working as a theatrical Master Electrician and familiarity with a variety of lighting consoles (ETC preferred).
  • Experience working as a technical director or assistant technical director with a willingness to help collaborate on scenery construction.
  • The ideal candidate will also support and promote diversity in the Theatre Department. Candidates from groups underrepresented in theatre are encouraged to apply.



What We Offer:

  • Outstanding benefits package including medical from date of hire, retirement contributions, employee wellness program, and paid leave
  • Family Tuition waivers: Every full-time employee will receive a full tuition waiver for all ESU courses for themselves, spouse/domestic partner, and children. Every full-time employee will receive 50% tuition waiver at all PASSHE universities for themselves, spouse/domestic partner, and children.
  • Optional membership to PSECU Credit Union
  • Community commitment to living by the Warrior Code


Special Instructions to Applicant

Applicants are to apply through the ESU Job Portal and are required to attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts required before the appointment), and contact information including e-mail addresses for three professional references. Final selection will be based on excellence in scholastic achievement, professional activity, a review of the candidate’s vita, and a successful interview. A teaching demonstration and portfolio review or research presentation will be required. For confidential reference letters submissions and transcripts through an agency, institution, and/or an individual please mail directly to askhr@esu.edu or to the HR Office at East Stroudsburg 105 Reibman Administration Building 200 Prospect St. East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. All candidates must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States and official transcripts at the time of employment.

Must be at least 18 years old and have English literacy skills. Employment with ESU is contingent on the selected candidate passing a thorough background check that includes: FBI fingerprinting, PA Child Abuse, and employment/degree verifications. We are proud that ESU is an equal-opportunity employer. For more information on President Long’s 10-point plan, click here: https://www.esu.edu/president/10-action-plan.cfm

We believe diversity, inclusion, and belonging are keys to success for our faculty and students.
We are proud to foster a workplace that is unique to higher education. As an organization focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, we are committed to ensuring our employees are comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work every day. A unique perspective is critical to solving complex problems and inspiring others.


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Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Theatre
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
 East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant professor, design, lighting, Lighting Design, and theatre. States: Pennsylvania.
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