Assistant Professor, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) and Applied Theatre

Eastern Michigan University / Ypsilanti, MI

Assistant Professor – Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) and Applied Theatre


Eastern Michigan University’s School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts seeks an accomplished educator/theatre artist/director for a full time, tenure track position beginning August, 2021. We seek a generalist whose knowledge and experience spans the areas of educational theatre, TYA, and applied drama, and who will oversee programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We particularly seek a candidate whose teaching is informed by professional TYA experience and is attuned to emerging practices in arts integration, diversity, and inclusion in the field of TYA/Applied Theatre. The successful candidate has the opportunity to build on over 50 years of history and reposition this Applied Drama & Theatre for the Young program for the next generation of students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of creating programming and theatre arts experiences. They will demonstrate leadership, management skills, and the ability to collaborate within the university as well as the greater community. They will participate in local, national, and international organizations and seek opportunities to broaden and deepen the experience of their students. They will be passionate about creating work for young people and training future artists/educators to continue this type of work in educational, community, and professional settings.

The successful candidate will lead an MA/MFA graduate program and an undergraduate minor; teach undergraduate and graduate classes in TYA, applied theatre, theatre arts, and arts integration; and have the opportunity to direct touring and mainstage productions. They will also work across campus building relationships with EMU’s College of Education, ENGAGE @ EMU, and other areas as interest and time allows.

Eastern Michigan University is located in southeast Michigan, adjacent to Detroit and Ann Arbor, with rich cultural, research, and professional opportunities. EMU’s School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts offers multiple majors and minors at the undergraduate level as well as several graduate programs.

EMU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the university and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Applicants who will add to the diversity of the program, department, college, and university are particularly encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A terminal degree in Theatre or Theatre for the Young completed no later than August 2021,
  • A minimum of three years of experience teaching in higher education,
  • Administrative experience in an academic or arts organization,
  • A track record of directing and publishing in conventional and non-traditional forums, and
  • Experience in mentoring students for careers in performing arts fields including students from historically underrepresented groups in higher education


Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

A complete initial application will include:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A letter of application that highlights your specific qualifications for the position as described above, including but not limited to a discussion of your past teaching and directing experiences, teaching and directing philosophy, and your preparation to teach and mentor students from all groups including those historically underrepresented in higher education


Applicants selected for interview will then be expected to provide the following:

  1. Digital access to Artist Portfolio
  2. Sample syllabi and sample assignments that demonstrate your approach to teaching/learning issues
  3. Transcripts (official)
  4. Contact information for two professional references who can speak to the candidate’s teaching and work in educational drama and two professional references who can speak to the candidate’s creative activity


Further information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

Any questions please email Dr. Kathleen H. Stacey, Director at

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.