Theatre Production - Assistant Professor

Ryerson University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-10-19

Assistant Professor of Theatre Production

The Ryerson Theatre School at Ryerson University ( in Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is Theatre Production. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of theatre courses at the undergraduate level.

The position will commence August 1, 2014 (subject to budgetary approval). Candidates will hold, at minimum, an MFA in Theatre Design or Theatre Production. The successful applicant will have had a distinguished career as a set and costume designer in various communities in the performing arts: indie/small theatre, regional theatre, commercial theatre, dance and/or opera. Additionally, applicants must have demonstrable teaching experience at the university level.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral role in developing curriculum that addresses the changing requirements of professional theatre and dance. The candidate must have a strong professional profile and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The Ryerson Theatre School undergraduate training program offers BFA degrees in Acting, Dance and Production. The School features multiple theatre venues and presents over eleven productions of varying sizes each academic year. RTS has established itself as one of Canada's leading theatre training programs, with a conservatory-style approach to the training of actors, dancers, and production personnel. RTS balances practical training with rigorous academic study and takes both a foundational and global view of theatre and the arts aiming to produce the next generation of theatre and dance artists, artisans, technicians, arts managers and scholars. RTS prizes a collaborative approach to curriculum development, team-teaching, inter-disciplinary theatre-making and a faculty and student-body actively contributing to the cultural and intellectual life of Ryerson University and the community-at-large.

Required Duties: The candidate should have a good understanding of essential design ideas, principles, theories and practices, as they pertain to live performance, teaching methodologies and the current job market. The candidate should be able to teach: set and costume design, hand drafting, CAD drafting (Vectorworks [preferred] or AutoCAD), set model building, scenic painting. Demonstrated experience in the application of digital technologies to live performance preferred.

Applications: Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two recent design or drafting samples, results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence such as a teaching dossier), and be supported by three letters of reference.

Ryerson University is a vibrant and growing institution located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Theatre School, consisting of 13 tenured faculty members and 45 part time instructors, prides itself both on the quality of its teaching, the breadth and excellence of its research, and international outreach. Please note that applications may be made electronically via Ryerson University or by mail but not by fax or e-mail. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Peggy Shannon, Department Chair ( ). Review of applications begins 12/15/2013 and will conclude on 1/15/2014. Applications should be sent in care of:

Ms. Sunny Fernandez, Academic Coordinator,
Theatre School, Ryerson University,
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 2K3

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at:
The RFA's website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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