Visiting Professor in Directing

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Shannon Lown

Job Details


Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama invites you to apply for a one-year appointment as Visiting Professor in Directing within The John Wells Directing Program. The start date is August 2020.

  • You should hold an MFA or professional equivalence, and a preferred minimum of 3-4 years teaching experience. In this role, you will:

    Teach and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students

  • Teach a mix of foundations, genres and the creation of generative work

We highly desire a proficiency in the principles of directing, script analysis, staging techniques, new play development, works with heightened language, play styles, and contemporary theatre-making. It is a plus if you have an understanding of Stanislavsky based actor training. We also highly value experience in multimedia, social practices and musical theater.

  • Maintaining professional engagement is encouraged in our School, and you will work closely with two other directing faculty. Your responsibilities will include:

    Teaching directing within the BFA and MFA conservatory programs

  • Mentoring students in production,
  • Taking part in the daily life and culture of the school

For one year, you will join a faculty, staff and student body committed to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to growing and retaining the diversity of its faculty, and committed to the belief that an inclusive and equitable environment populated with diverse artists inspires innovative ideas, which influence and improve the world at large.

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama institution in the United States of America. Founded in 1914, we combine established practice with innovation, pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines. Our graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse art practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression, and promote community and diversity. The school’s conservatory program within the university is one that prepares students intellectually, artistically and practically to be leaders in their chosen professions, whether it be on stage, in film, television, or within the rapidly growing realm of new media.


April 14, 2020 – April 14, 2020