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The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for temporary teaching positions. Selected applicants may be offered employment as openings occur. Seeking applicants to teach the following courses: Fundamentals of Acting I, Fundamentals of Acting II, Intermediate Acting: Scene Study and Style, Intermediate Acting: Shakespeare, Advanced Acting Studio, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, (Course descriptions listed below). It is expected that instructors will reside in the Bay Area during the term of employment.
Basic Qualifications (by time of application): M.F.A. (or equivalent degree) in Theater and/or professional certificate in specific field/subject to be taught. Three years of teaching experience (over the past five years) at the college/university level.
Preferred Qualifications (by start date): Professional experience in the applicant’s area of expertise. Experience teaching students with various levels of training and ability. Experience mentoring students in a university/college setting.
The Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making and public programming. For more information, see: http://
Salary is based on past college level teaching experience in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. Annual minimum lecturer salary is $53,402. Summer appointments are likely to be condensed into three-weeks up to an expanded ten-weeks. Summer appointments are 11%-22% positions, meaning one or two classes. Minimum compensation per Summer course will be approximately $5,874. Fall/Spring appointments take place over the course of 5 months and are likely to be between 33% and 67%, meaning one or two classes per semester will be available with this position. This is a part-time position. Minimum compensation per Fall/Spring course will be approximately $8,811.
To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01711 Applicants are required to submit: Curriculum Vitae; Cover Letter; Statement of Teaching; Sample Syllabus for a college level acting-related course; the names of 3-5 references (contact information only). Letters of recommendation may be requested of finalists. If reference letters are later solicited by the department, they will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html)prior to submitting their letters.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs, for up to one year. We will review applications for summer course needs in April, fall course needs in May and June, and spring course needs in August and September. If you wish to remain in the pool after a year passes you will need to reapply to future job posts. Please direct questions to Megan Lowe ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.
Fundamentals of Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting I is the entry level course for the acting sequence and focuses on releasing and cultivating the actor’s inherent creativity. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor begins to develop basic techniques designed to stimulate the imagination, develop vocal and physical ability, increase awareness of self and others, introduce effective ways to analyze texts, think critically about the craft of acting, and enhance self-confidence and communication skills. This class is the essential beginning of the actor’s studies, which will ultimately allow her or him to effectively engage and explore work from a rich diversity of genres, styles, and backgrounds.
Fundamentals of Acting II: Fundamentals of Acting II continues working with and expands upon basic concepts introduced in Theater 10. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor works toward the goal of increasing range, depth, and flexibility; students work on more complex texts, exploring characters removed from their everyday experience which require more in-depth research and stronger imagination to inhabit.
Intermediate Acting: Scene Study and Style: While continuing the work begun in TDPS 10 and 11, Scene Study and Style focuses on the actor’s relationship with multiple genres and forms of drama; increased focus is given to the specific demands and responsibilities of performing with heightened language and the complexities of characterization and style; emphasis is also given to achieving an understanding of dramatic action, developing technical proficiency and clarity, attaining emotional availability, and cultivating an enriched relationship with text. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor learns how to transform intuitive creativity into performative excellence.
Intermediate Acting: Shakespeare: While continuing the work begun in TDPS 10 and 11, 110B examines the actor’s process through the specific lense of Shakespeare, exploring the unique challenges and rewards of his work; increased focus is given to the demands and responsibilities of performing the heightened language of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, and the complexities of his characterization and style; emphasis is also given to achieving an understanding of dramatic action, developing technical proficiency and clarity, attaining emotional availability, and cultivating an enriched relationship with text. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor learns how to transform intuitive creativity into performative excellence.
Advanced Acting Studio: Advanced Acting Studio finishes the acting technique progression that begins with TDPS 10. Through scene-work, monologues, and exercises, the actor stretches and strengthens acting techniques, voice, movement, and speech; particular attention is given to character development and style; students also develop classical and contemporary audition material.
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills: Students will learn to present themselves and material clearly, confidently, and persuasively, using age-old arts of oral communication. They will learn techniques for overcoming stage fright, developing clear enunciation, finding and using their natural, unaffected vocal register, varying tone and intonation to hold audience interest, controlling pacing, moving with assurance and purpose, using appropriate gestures, and eye contact as well as exploring methods to change behaviors that bar effective communication and structure speeches to maximize persuasiveness.
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