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Assistant Professor without Review Physical Theatre and Movement

CATEGORY: Academic/Instructor

Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia

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Job opening – Department of Theatre and Film; Physical Theatre and Movement Practice: Assistant Professor Without Review

The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC-Vancouver invites applications for a limited-term position at the rank of Assistant Professor Without Review to commence July 1st, 2022. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, subject to funding and performance review. Situated on the beautiful Point Grey campus on the traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people in the culturally diverse city of Vancouver, the Department of Theatre and Film offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in both Theatre and Film and in both studies and practice, which include BFA, BA, MA and PhD degrees.

Area of Specialization: Physical Theatre and Movement Practice

The candidate’s teaching will be primarily focused in the BFA Acting program which will provide artists and thinkers opportunities to develop physical ease, dynamic expressivity, and embodied approaches to creating performance and working on theatrical texts. A Ph.D. or MFA is required; however, in exceptional cases, the equivalent combination of education and professional practice may be consideredbut. The successful candidate must have practical expertise in movement and physical theatre, demonstrated professional creative accomplishments (evidenced by things like a program of performances, or other creative outputs, or high-quality publications,), and evidence of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. We are seeking a colleague who is generous, collaborative, and eager to engage thoughtfully with each member of our diverse student body.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of teaching, creative activity, and to undertake service duties as assigned by the Head. The teaching load will be the equivalent of five 3-credit courses per year. This may include teaching movement classes, serving as a movement coach for productions, teaching classes such as introduction to acting, introduction to directing, and devising, and/or directing student productions.

Ideally the candidate will bring expertise in one or several foundational movement practices for theatre actors, such as Laban, Bartenieff, Alexander Technique, Viewpoints, Grotowski, yoga, Suzuki or Lucid Body, as well as experience with one or several theatrical modes or physical practices such as clown, improvisation, commedia dell’arte, mask, martial arts, dance, intimacy direction, Micahel Chekhov, circus, etc. We are currently undergoing a curriculum renewal and as we rethink actor training for the 21st century and work towards creating an inclusive, culturally-conscious studio environment, we welcome candidates with different approaches and expertise. We will consider all experience that engages actors and other artists in questions of embodiment, impulse, and action in the context of performance training.

For information about the Department, visit

Applications are to be submitted through the following website: Job ID: JR5427

Applicants should be prepared to upload in the following order: an application letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, a research/creative activity statement (a description of current and proposed research/creative activities), and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body, your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and the names of three referees that could be called upon to supply confidential letters of reference on request.

The application deadline is January 28, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. Applications received after that date cannot be considered. Candidates can expect to visit the UBC campus in early 2022.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to: Professor Stephen Heatley, Head, Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia (email: For questions about the application process, please contact Kirsten Dougans, Administrative Assistant (email:

Our Equity and Diversity Statement:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.







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