Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Arts Management – Production | Playbill

Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Arts Management – Production

CATEGORY: Academic/Instructor

Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City, OK

Job Details


Position Summary

Oklahoma City University invites applications for the nine-month, non-tenure track position of Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor of Arts Management – Production beginning in January 2024 or August 2024. This position is an integral part of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment faculty and staff team preparing students to be versatile in the entertainment industry. Students in the Ann Lacy School take a foundation curriculum of dance, arts management, production-based courses, choreography, and pedagogy with dance management and entertainment business students progressing into basic stage management and producing courses. This position works with students inside the classroom and on productions exposing students to the basics of show/event production. This position requires lighting design knowledge, collaboration, creativity, and interdisciplinary focus. While some Ann Lacy School students have successful careers in design and stage management, the focus is to prepare all students with foundational knowledge and appreciation of the interconnected nature of the entertainment industry.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

  • Teach arts management and entertainment production courses as assigned.
  • Handle co-curricular program activities as assigned. Examples include, but are not limited to lighting design, production oversight/ and possibly technical direction related to the Student Choreography Show, Star Dance Company shows, and Community Dance Academy Showcase, and oversight of student management crew at Oklahoma City University Graduation Ceremonies.
  • Maintain theatrical equipment and venues used by the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment as assigned.
  • Serve on arts management department and school committees as assigned.
  • Serve on university committees as assigned.
  • Actively demonstrate a continuing commitment to gaining new knowledge of entertainment management and production and remaining current in advances in the entertainment industry especially technical theater equipment and trends.
  • The successful candidate is expected to participate in the department's assessment program, advising activities, and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the department and the university.


  • One or more of the following
    • MFA in lighting design, technical theatre, or stage management related fields
    • MBA and extensive professional entertainment technology, lighting, touring, and/or stage management experience
    • Bachelor’s degree (lighting design, stage management/ arts management, performing arts, or entertainment related preferred) and extensive professional experience.
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of production, such as technical direction, lighting, sound, set design, union rules, contracts, etc. Ability to manage productions.
  • Teaching experience. University teaching experience preferred.
  • Must be qualified to teach courses in the following: Stage Management and Production (basic) and Arts Management and Production Levels 1, 2, and 3. (Survey course of productions including lighting, sets, props, ticket office, etc.)
  • Qualifications for any of the following courses are a plus: Touring for the Performing Arts, Contracts for Performers; Venue Management; Event Management; Non-Profit Management; Development and Fundraising and Producing.
  • Commitment to developing and nurturing a program aimed at the student who wants to work in the musical theatre/entertainment industry in a variety of capacities.
  • Appreciation of American theatrical dance.
  • Event and venue management experience is a plus.
  • Theatrical touring experience is a plus.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn software related to lighting and sound design.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment. It is important for faculty to understand and be committed to the vision of the school. Many courses are team or collaboratively taught. Collegiality, professional conduct, and teamwork are required of all faculty.
  • Ability to perform sustained physical activity including lifting and carrying equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be able to bend, stoop, climb, and reach. Work in the theatre includes working at heights and in lighting attic spaces.
  • Ability to work in studios, lecture in classrooms, and perform activities in theater facilities. Work in the theatre requires ability to move quickly from audience to stage areas that are at different levels. There is long exposure to theater and studio sound equipment volume levels.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person, by phone, and by theatrical headset systems.
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications, and computer display screens. Night vision sufficient for safely moving in low-light theatrical environments.
  • Ability to work in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus especially during show productions that require loading theatrical equipment in and out of performance spaces.
  • Ability to work varied hours from early morning to evenings and weekend hours in class, rehearsals and rehearsal/production activity monitoring.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, nationally, and internationally when assigned to activities involving road or air travel.
  • Ability to drive vans and/or trucks for show productions; valid driver’s license and solid driving record.

Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment specializes in preparing arts/entertainment managers and dancers for the American entertainment industry through its B.S. in Entertainment Business, B.S. in Dance Management, B. S. in American Dance Pedagogy, and Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and degree programs. The school consists of the Arts Management Department and the Dance Department. The Entertainment Business degree is designed to allow students to focus on customizable tracks in Event Planning, Entertainment Pre-Law, Talent Management, and Entertainment Enterprise (touring, sports management, venue management, church arts programs, film, entrepreneurship, etc.) The Ann Lacy School is widely recognized for being a top school for preparing dancers, managers, and teachers for the entertainment industry.

About Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine, and the university has been recognized repeatedly as one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Procedure for Submitting Applications Submit a CV, cover letter, list of 3-5 professional references, statement of teaching philosophy, and unofficial transcripts.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact for Additional Questions Please email questions about the position or the search to Jessica Telfer, Associate Professor of Arts Management [email protected] .

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.


Jan 1, 2024 -


$0.00 – $23.08 per hour




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