Director of Lyric Theatre and Tenure Track/Tenure Eligible Ast/Assoc Professor or Ranked NTT As...

UMKC Volker Campus
Mar 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Director of Lyric Theatre and Tenure Track/Tenure Eligible Ast/Assoc Professor or Ranked NTT Ast/Assoc Teaching Professor 38417
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 35954
Hiring Department

UMKC Conservatory - Division of Music Performance

Job Description

Serve as artistic director for lyric productions, showcases and workshops in the Conservatory; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in opera and/or musical theatre, according to field of expertise and the needs of the Conservatory; work collaboratively with the Conservatory faculty in choosing repertoire, casting, developing classes and coursework, and the general production of lyric theatre; work as a liaison between the Theatre and Music Performance Divisions and our producing partners, as well as our Young Artist Program partners at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; maintain a national professional profile that reflects the career of a distinguished artist/scholar; contribute to the creative/scholarly, academic and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the diverse cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community; participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on committees and engaging in other Conservatory activities; contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance and administrative activity of the Music Performance and Theatre Divisions.

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated successful and innovative experience in directing for opera and/or musical theatre, preferably at the university level; excellent collaborative skills and significant professional experience in opera and/or musical theatre; documented success as an artistic leader; strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate level teaching; significant professional experience at the regional and/or national level as an director/scholar; experience with contemporary opera-theatre and the desire to combine performance, technology and media arts preferred; terminal degree in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, benefit eligibe, tenure-rack, tenure eligibe, or ranked non-tenure track position with a appointment date of September 1, 2021.


Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin April 2, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

APPLICATION MATERIALS TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE: Application form, application letter, and curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials. See position posting at UMKC Human Resources website: Use search keywords “lyric theatre.”

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