Assistant Professor in Arts Administration and Managing Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Organization: Illinois State University
Category: Academic
Type: Full-time

Assistant Professor in Arts Administration and Managing Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Nov 13, 2019

The School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Arts Administration who will also serve as the Managing Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. This is a nine-month tenure-track appointment with an additional summer contract with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. This position will begin August 16, 2020. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in theatre management and arts administration. Serve as Managing Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, overseeing its business operations and audience development. The Managing Director supervises marketing and sponsorships, coordinates fundraising activities with the College’s Dean and School Director, and organizes front of house activities of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. This position collaborates with the Artistic Director and the Producer (School’s Director), who are tenured faculty in the School of Theatre and Dance.


Required Qualifications:


Application procedure:

Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, please complete a faculty employment application to posting number 0712595 at Along with your application, submit a formal letter of application, a current CV, and a list of at least three references with contact information. In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent directly to Administrative Aide Michelle Woody at

For full consideration, all materials must be submitted online and letters must be received by November 30, 2019. Additional materials, which may include teaching videos, syllabi, and other artifacts, may be requested from applicants at a later date.


The School of Theatre and Dance is one of three schools within the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. The School employs 28 faculty, 8 staff, and 315 students enrolled in the B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S. and M.F.A. degrees. Areas of undergraduate study include Acting, Design/Production, Theatre Teacher Education, Theatre and Film Studies, Dance, and Dance Education.  M.F.A. areas of study include Directing, Costume, Lighting, and Scenic Design. Its annual production season consists of eight theatre productions and two dance concerts in two facilities, a 525-seat proscenium space and a flexible space that can be adapted to a 125-seat thrust or 150-seat arena. The School maintains membership in U/RTA, with programs accredited by NAST. See


The Illinois Shakespeare Festival produces Shakespeare and contemporary plays in the spirit of Shakespeare every summer at the beautiful Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington, Illinois. As an U/RTA member institution, the Festival hires professional artists and offers a variety of internships to college and university students. Supported by Illinois State University and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Society, the Festival sells an average of 10,000 tickets per year and has just completed its 42nd season. See


The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts also includes the School of Music, the School of Art, the School of Theatre and Dance and the Program in Arts Technology. In addition, the College supports the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Center for the Performing Arts, and University Galleries. The programs support talented and passionate students pursuing their dreams in all areas of study: music, theatre, and dance performance and teacher education, composition, music therapy, visual art and design, art history, interactive media, arts administration, and theatrical design.  The College offers students opportunities to study and perform in Italy, Australia, England, China, Korea, Africa, and other culturally-rich destinations led by faculty experts. For more information on the College, visit

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