Director, School of Theatre

Faculty appointment with administrative responsibilities and eligible for appointment to the rank of full professor or professor of practice, depending on background and qualifications.
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Director, School of Theatre
School of Theatre
College of Arts & Architecture
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania


The Penn State School of Theatre’s primary mission is preparing literate, well-trained Theatre artists, artisans, and craft persons for professional careers across the entertainment industry. We currently offer BFA degrees in Acting, Design and Technology, Stage Management, and Musical Theatre; an MFA in Theatre with multiple areas of study; a BA in Theatre, and a BS in Dance.

Penn State Centre Stage is the professional arm of the Penn State School of Theatre and serves as a training program for emerging theatre professionals. One of its unique attributes is that it creates collaborations between established industry professionals and theatre students from Penn State and other colleges and universities. Each Theatre production is created from conception to completion at Penn State using skills mastered and taught by its theatre faculty.

Founded in 1855, Penn State is a multi-campus, land grant, public research university that educates students from around the world, and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. There are approximately 46,000 students on the University Park campus. Penn State is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Time Higher Education University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The Penn State University Libraries ranked second among public U.S. university libraries in the 2017 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index. With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities. “Advancing the Arts and Humanities” is one of five thematic priorities in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan ( Penn State’s University Park campus is located in State College, PA, which is ranked consistently among the lowest stress and safest small cities in the country. Along with the surrounding communities of Centre County, State College offers excellent public schools, beautiful parks and other natural assets, and a vibrant and growing arts community. For more information, visit: and


Faculty appointment with administrative responsibilities and eligible for appointment to the rank of full professor or professor of practice, depending on background and qualifications. Salary nationally competitive. Tenure is possible.

The School of Theatre is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and/or research and creative activity demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities.


The Director of the School of Theatre will provide visionary leadership while working collaboratively with the faculty and staff to foster innovative curriculum and teaching, strong research and creative activity, artistic achievement, and engagement within the university, in the community, and across the professions served by the School.

The Director is the chief administrator of the School and works with Associate Directors, Area Heads, Faculty, Students and Support Staff in programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and represents the School to both on-campus and off-campus stakeholders. While retaining ultimate fiscal responsibility, the Director supervises the strong support personnel responsible for departmental budgets, production, and for facilities management; coordinates class schedules and curriculum; builds and sustains relationships with alumni and with philanthropic and corporate communities for fundraising; and develops long-term strategic plans in consultation with faculty and staff. The Director will be the person who, in consultation with the faculty, is primarily responsible for expressing a vision for the future of the School. The successful candidate will bring professional values that strengthen inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the broad constituencies served by the School.


  • The successful candidate is expected to hold an MFA or PhD in theatre arts, or hold a terminal degree in arts management related to these fields.
  • The candidate must have experience in university-level teaching and a record of research / creative activity, or equivalent professional experience, in institutions with national scope, including the professional commercial or non-profit theatre.
  • Experience in administration with additional professional management in the Theatre, or related entertainment industries strongly desired.
  • The successful candidate will bring demonstrated experience in community outreach and community relations, and will possess the interpersonal skills and abilities needed to be effective at creating partnerships with internal and external communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment and record of success with fundraising and philanthropy is required.
  • Experience in working with diverse student populations.


In addition to the above qualifications, we invite candidates who share many of the following experience and interests:

  • Background in creative work that may include hands-on experience in event management, film and/or theatre and/or digital media production that indicate significant achievement.
  • A wide cultural frame of reference in the arts and humanities, encompassing theatre as well as related fields of art, music, film, television, and literature.
  • Successful experience in international / intercultural outreach.
  • Ability to oversee a variety of operational staff whose responsibilities include theatres, production facilities, classrooms, and studio spaces.
  • Leadership experience, or membership and activity, in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Experience working with budgets and revenue sources.
  • Demonstrable talent in consensus building, strategic planning, visioning, and innovation.
  • Experience in a robust theatre and production program.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the distinct needs of different programs within the School and the ability to integrate program strengths to achieve the School’s mission.
  • An understanding of the opportunities for collaborative experiences that assists the integration of theatrical arts within the larger University research context.
  • A commitment to transparency and to shared governance.
  • An understanding of the responsibility of a public university to encourage and support freedom of expression and academic freedom.


To apply for this administrative position, applicants must upload: 1) a letter of application; 2) the names and contact information of three references; 3) a full curriculum vitae including an articulation of your research trajectory and/or professional goals; and 4) a sample of published or creative work or reviews of creative work here:  Applications received by March 15, 2018 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Full University benefits apply.  Please contact search committee chair Dr. David Frego ( with any questions.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Talent Acquisition Division at or 814-865-1387.