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Chair/Program Director - Department of Performance Production


As our next Chair / Program Director in the Department of Performance Production, you bring a successful track record as an artist, designer, and innovator. You have experience as an academic leader, a foundation as a progressive educator, and expertise in the dynamic field of performance production. You are a visionary who is prepared to lead a forward-thinking department in all areas of academic leadership, including curriculum review and program development, as well as contributing to the college as a whole in its recruitment and retention efforts. Your engagement in the broader performance community, in Seattle and beyond, is critical. You bring courageous leadership to Cornish College, bearing the tools and experience necessary for an imminent re-structuring of the Performance Production Department in harmony with the other performing arts departments: Theater, Music, and Dance. You understand the challenge of taking the department in new directions that will allow development and growth, while honoring the successes of the past. You engage in and mentor faculty through sustained scholarly research and/or creative work. You will possess the tools necessary to expose students to new innovations and technologies in performance production, helping them engage in negotiating cultural differences — in practice, as well as in theory. In addition to managing several central campus venues, you also steer the department’s stewardship of the recently acquired Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, a vibrant 470-seat theatrical and educational facility that presents a full range of professional and student performing arts productions to the public. Further, you must be able to lead the department in strategic thinking around collaborations and technologies, as languages for social change and innovation across disciplines.


Accountable to the Provost, you will be responsible for providing strategic, administrative, academic, artistic, and financial leadership, on a daily basis to the Performance Production Department. You will act as the public “face” of the department outside of the College. While advocating for your department, you will also work collaboratively with other program directors as a member of the Academic Council and leadership team. You will lead department programs in: costume design, lighting design, scenic design, stage management, sound design, and technical direction. You will work collaboratively across departments, particularly in support of Music, Dance, and Theater. You will oversee performances, manage visiting artists, coordinate study abroad options, and facilitate student engagement across departmental lines. Serving students and leading a committed team of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and dedicated administrative staff, you bring an unquestioned commitment to excellence in the performance arts, teaching, and the development of strategic career skills for our students in the context of a rapidly changing 21st century global economy. With an MFA or equivalent, extensive experience –both theoretical and practical-- in performance production, you bring strong pedagogical practices to the department’s curriculum and to your own course, once per year. You are committed to college and community life in general and to the ongoing evolution of this vibrant department and institution. You have strong professional affiliations in the field of performance, arts education, arts administration, and technical theater. You have extensive experience in recruitment and student retention. You are also well versed in advancing a department through fundraising and grant writing. You are an effective and collegial communicator. Our ideal candidate will be comfortable working and thinking across disciplines, having interests and experience that extend beyond his or her specialty, and encompass broader approaches to theatrical production and human knowledge. This is a year-round, administrative position with faculty ranking. CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Cornish College of the Arts is a four-year, accredited college located in Seattle, WA, that offers a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Theater, and Performance Production. The College encourages innovation within the context of rigorous attention to disciplinary expertise and the cultivation of the individual student voice. The Performance Production Department is housed at Cornish’s Main Campus location in the South Lake Union neighborhood, a location ideal for Cornish in its strategic position within Seattle’s vibrant arts community. The Performance Production Department also supports the Cornish Playhouse, a landmark of modern architecture built for the World’s Fair of 1962 and located at the Seattle Center, a city park, arts and entertainment center that offers rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.

Application Procedures

To be considered for this exciting position, please submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vita, a one-page teaching philosophy, and four (4) letters of reference* that can speak to several aspects of your scholarship, creative practice, and teaching to: Human Resources, Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle WA 98121 by November 14, 2014. Application materials received after that date may be considered, until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. For further information contact Kristen Ramirez (Office of the Provost) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Sarah Price-Mitchell (Human Resources) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). *By providing these letters, you agree that we may contact your references.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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