Assistant Professor- Fixed Term - Musical Voice and Acting

Assistant Professor- Fixed Term - Musical Voice and Acting

CATEGORY: Academic/Instructor

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Job Details


The Department of Theatre at Michigan State University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor-Fixed Term, academic year, in the field of Musical Theatre Voice and Acting, position to begin August 2021. The ideal candidate is an inspiring educator who is passionate about new musical development, music theatre training, vocal coaching, and incorporating inclusive pedagogies in the classroom.

Principal duties and responsibilities include instruction of individual vocal lessons for musical theatre performance and musical theatre acting and co-coordination of  ĭmáGen, a new musical development program in collaboration with the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. The position also entails artistic duties in the Department of Theatre’s production season and Summer Circle Theatre program (responsibilities vary based upon candidate’s expertise).

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is committed to increasing the diversity of our students and inclusive practices in our performances and curriculum. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations. Women, BIPOC individuals and those from historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

- MFA in Theatre or related field by appointment start date, or the equivalent professional experience.
- At least 5 years of professional experience in acting, musical theatre, vocal performance, musical direction, direction, or closely related field; recent   experience preferred.
- Evidence of commitment to antiracist and inclusive pedagogy in theatrical practice

Preferences (not required)

College-level teaching experience; at least 3 years teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate level preferred
- A broad knowledge of acting and vocal techniques
- Ability to sight-read music.
- Ability to play piano proficiently.
- Training in a Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) vocal technique (E.g., Estill Voice Technique, Somatic Voicework, etc.)

 Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should submit.

a) a cover letters

b) current curriculum vitae

c) a summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in past or planned research endeavors and an explanation of how the candidate will advance CAL goals of inclusive excellence

d) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

 Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin April 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting #697441

For further information, contact Brad Willcuts, Director of Musical Theatre Program and Search Committee Chair at

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 



August 16, 2021 -