Assistant Professor of Stage and Production Management

School of Theatre & Dance

The Millikin University School of Theatre and Dance is accepting applications for a full-time tenure track position in Stage and Production Management to begin in August 2024.  Millikin is a small, private, comprehensive university of approximately 1800 students located in Decatur, Illinois.  The nationally recognized School of Theatre and Dance is a vibrant and highly visible component of the campus community serving 160 students in five-degree programs including a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies and BFAs in Acting, Design and Production, Musical Theatre, and Stage Management.  The school is housed in a new $29 million facility, the Center for Theatre and Dance, which opened in 2020. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach courses in stage management and other areas of expertise
  • Mentor student stage managers and ASMs on mainstage productions; attending production meetings, observing some evening/weekend rehearsals as needed
  • Serve as Production Manager for the School of Theatre & Dance mainstage productions, developing calendar requirements with CFA/Kirkland Fine Arts staff, setting and supporting internal design & production deadlines, coordinating design & production meetings, working with guest artists as needed
  • Facilitate positive communication, problem solving, and coordination across all areas and shops within the School of Theatre & Dance (scenic, props, lighting, sound, costumes, stage management and performance)
  • Attend and lead all designer runs, photo calls, technical rehearsals, and dress rehearsals (evening and weekend hours required during these periods)
  • Work with School of Theatre & Dance Director, staff and faculty to manage the production budget
  • Work closely with Coordinator of Design & Production, Artistic Director, and CFA Production Manager
  • Advise students, faculty and staff on best practices according to AEA guidelines
  • Attend School of Theatre & Dance, College of Fine Arts, and full faculty meetings
  • University and School of Theatre & Dance service

Required qualifications:

  • MFA in Stage Management, Production Management or related field
  • University level teaching experience
  • Demonstrated collaborative stage management experience in university and professional productions
  • Demonstrated collaborative production management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office communication tools such as Teams, Sharepoint, and Outlook

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching diverse student populations
  • AEA Membership, knowledge of current union guidelines
  • Experience in other areas of theatrical design or technology a plus
  • Teaching and collaborative practices related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Application
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • 3 Professional References
  • Portfolio or Website

Application Deadline:

Review of applicants will begin January 15, 2024 and will continue until filled.

Employment and first day of work is contingent upon successful completion of background check. Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in this field are encouraged to apply. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Millikin University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefits package, including eligibility for tuition waiver. 


  • Questions about Employment at millikin?

    Fill out a form, and a Millikin staff or faculty member will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.