Lecturer in Stage Management

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Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design, Humanities
Department:13040100 - COTA-THEATRE-CHAIR

Classification Title:

Lecturer in Stage Management

Job Description:

Lecturer in Stage Management

Position: Full-time, 12 month, non-tenure accruing faculty position

Date of Expected Hire: July 1, 2024. Negotiable based on the successful candidate’s availability

Salary: $65,000-$72,000 Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Eligible for a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

The School of Theatre and Dance in the College of the Arts seeks a 12-month Lecturer in Stage Management for a promotion accruing (non-tenure accruing) faculty position. The successful applicant will join the faculty as the school’s Production Stage Manager and work closely with the Producing Director/Senior Lecturer in Stage Management and all artistic and production team members in mentoring the management of productions and processes within a vibrant educational performance season. The Lecturer in Stage Management will contribute as an educator in the stage management curriculum while mentoring 15-20 undergraduate student stage managers in approximately 28 opportunities each season. The School’s 12 month Production schedule has historically included 7 theatre productions, 3 dance productions, and 2-4 lightly produced student showcases over a 12-month production calendar. The Lecturer in Stage Management will be an effective mentor who balances the demands of production with pedagogical realities and navigates complex channels of communication between faculty choreographers and directors, faculty design mentors, faculty and staff production/technology specialists, guest artists, students in design and production roles, and student performers.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 

The School is invested in responding to industry developments regarding person-centered production practices that promote an environment that advances pluralism, curiosity, open intellectual discourse, and the well-being of all in the context of cultural and ideological differences and supports the health and well-being of student dance and theatre artists. The School seeks a collaborator to help us create sustainable production practices and identify areas where we can respond effectively to these urgent developments in the field.

More information about the school and our mission can be found here:

SoTD Mission and Vison Statements: https://arts.ufl.edu/academics/theatre-and-dance/about/mission/

COTA Meta Strategy: https://arts.ufl.edu/sites/strategic-plan/goals/

UF Arts Faculty: https://arts.ufl.edu/directory/


  • Function as Production Stage Manager for the school’s various productions, overseeing and mentoring students as stage managers, deck stage managers, and production assistants through all phases of production processes.
  • Function as the Production stage manager for 1-2 educational productions per year
  • Embed principles of pluralism, curiosity, open intellectual discourse, and the well-being of all in the context of cultural and ideological differences in all aspects of production processes
  • Teach 2-3 undergraduate courses per semester, including shared instruction in Introduction to Live Entertainment and practicum courses.
  • Oversee audition processes for theatre productions.
  • Share responsibilities of attending and overseeing technical rehearsals, additional critical rehearsals, and meetings with the school’s Producing Director/Senior Lecturer in Stage Management
  • Occasional facilitation of regular production meetings
  • Serve on School committees and working groups as assigned.
  • Contribute to recruitment efforts for the school’s newly established BA emphasis in stage management.

    SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE: The light-filled Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is home to the School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD). The School’s international full-time faculty of more than 35 recognized artists and researchers, complemented by adjunct and guest faculty and staff, including full- and part-time professionals. The School offers MFA curricula in acting and in design, which include scene design, lighting design, and costume design; BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, and theatrical production with concentrations in costume, digital media, lighting, scenic, and sound; and a BA with concentrations in general theatre, stage management, and theatre management. The School features two degree programs in dance designed to develop the individual voice of the dance artist, a BFA and a BA. Approximately 200 students major in the artistically diverse curricula of the School of Theatre + Dance. Through its production program, outreach and innovative programming, the School of Theatre + Dance provides multiple cultural opportunities annually to thousands of members of the University and the greater community. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/theatreanddance.  

    THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond.  We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation.  The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami. 

    The University of Florida: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation, and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural, and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Expected Salary:

$65,000-$72,000 Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Eligible for a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:
  • MFA in stage management, or closely related field, or an equivalent combination of professional experiences and skills.
  • Experience in teaching and/or mentoring beyond graduate assistantship.  
  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances pluralism, curiosity, open intellectual discourse, and the well-being of all in the context of cultural and ideological differences.
  • Strong organizational, management, and communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three or more years as a stage manager in a professional setting
  • Demonstrated consistent success working in an environment that advances pluralism, curiosity, open intellectual discourse, and the well-being of all in the context of cultural and ideological differences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to education as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.
  • Evidence of a commitment to emerging technologies and innovative practices.  
  • Membership in Actors’ Equity Association or American Guild of Musical Artists.  
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin February 4th, 2024, and continue until an applicant pool is established. All application documents must be submitted by February 4th, 2024, to ensure full consideration. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. 

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system.  Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) A statement of teaching philosophy; (4) Three work samples that demonstrate excellence in Stage Management. The UF application system only allows for one 5 MB maximum file size PDF document; and (5) names and contact information of three professional references.  The UF system will give you the option to upload letters of reference. We are not requiring letters of reference with initial application materials. Please ignore that option.

The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. 

Inquiries may be sent to:
Michael Clark
Chair, Stage Management Lecturer Search
Email: rmichaelclark@ufl.edu

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: No


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