Theater and Film Instructor

West Los Angeles College seeks a full-time tenure-track Theater Arts instructor who is experienced in teaching a variety of theater arts courses and in producing performing arts events.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in the following areas of Theater Arts:

  • Have professional knowledge of theater production based on theatrical performance experience and academic preparation in acting, stage craft, directing, and producing;
  • Demonstrate experience and ability to produce at least two theatrical events per year;
  • Teach Theater Arts courses such as Introduction to and History of Theater, Acting, Voice/Articulation, Writing, Stagecraft;
  • Teach theatre as an instrument of diversity—-Asian Theatre, African American Theatre, Latino Theatre, and Women’s Theatre;
  • Guide the Theater Arts course and production scheduling;
  • Collaborate with adjunct faculty in Theater Arts and all faculty in West’s performing arts curricula;
  • Perform theatrical and performing arts outreach in high schools;
  • Cultivate employment pathways to the entertainment industry;
  • Advise students on pathways to careers, certificates, degrees, and transfer with colleagues in performing arts across the curriculum;
  • Develop an annual advisory committee;
  • Engage with performing arts companies in West’s service area, such as the Actors’ Gang, New American Theater, and Center Theater Group among many for workshops, attendance, and internships;
  • Develop certificates in Theater and Cinema, working closely with faculty in Film Studies and Motion Picture and Television Production Technology to make possible interdisciplinary certificates;
  • Develop transfer degree programs in Theater Arts and articulation agreements with partnering universities and four-year colleges;
  • Experience in teaching and producing Film Studies courses related to courses in Theater Arts, such as writing, directing, acting for film and television, and producing.

Location: Los Angeles, CA 

The successful candidate will also demonstrate excellence in the following academic and professional areas required of all West’s faculty:

  • Carry out related duties such as assessing and making recommendations on performing arts course Student Learning Outcomes (SLO);
  • Write detailed syllabi, update course outlines of record, evaluate students’ performance at auditions, rehearsals, and final production;
  • Implement and assess measurable SLOs;
  • Maintain and submit student records;
  • Be available for a performing arts schedule that will include days, evenings, and weekends;
  • Hold advisory committee meetings, attend division meetings, and participate in West’s committee work;
  • Participate in staff development to maintain competence and expertise in performance, subject matter, and delivery modalities including Etudes, online programs like YouTube, digital recording, live theater, studio recording;
  • Maintain accurate records and report data in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Los Angeles Community College District;
  • Become certified to develop and teach courses online;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desire Qualifications:

  • Teaching and professional experience in Theater and Film;
  • Strong academic preparation and professional experience in the performing arts community and entertainment industry;
  • Active participation with performing arts in Southern California institutions such as The Los Angeles Music Center, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Unified School District and other districts, the Getty Center and Villa, the California African American Museum, and the Fowler Museum (or related organizations elsewhere); professional theater and dance groups; foundations and organizations for the enhancement of the performing arts;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students of widely varying academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, learning styles, using a variety of successful teaching techniques and innovate learning environments;
  • Experience and expertise in grant development from foundations, corporations, and government sources;
  • Knowledge of partnerships and collaborations that attract funding sources;
  • Specific commitment to performance;
  • Commitment to West’s shared governance;
  • Experience and expertise in technology applied to performance and to learning/teaching;
  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Ability and commitment to work effectively and professionally with students and colleagues; 
  • Success with working with culturally and ethnically diverse students and organizations;
  • Readiness in working with competing demands, prioritizing.