Job Posting: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Theatre Performance: Movement, Department of Theatre and Film

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February 17, 2023

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Theatre and Film

Winnipeg, MB

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Tenure Track

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The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg ( invites applications for a tenure-track position in Movement for the Stage at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position is designated for IBPOC and underrepresented theatre-makers, educators, and artists. Subject to budgetary approval, this appointment will be effective July 1, 2023 or January 1 2024. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We are seeking a dynamic and innovative Movement instructor who: is dedicated to inspiring student interest, with a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate instruction; has expertise in one or more recognized methodologies for actor movement training that can concretely develop a young actor’s somatic awareness, physical articulation, and skills related to the embodied aspects of acting on the contemporary stage; has a strong professional artistic profile; and is a collaborator with the ability to contribute to a rigorous and diverse department that is in a process of renewal, seeking to reflect and contribute to the development of an inclusive theatre industry.

The University of Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and the birthplace and homeland of the Métis Nation. Winnipeg is home to a vibrant artistic community, to which the Department of Theatre and Film is proud to contribute through strong ties with local professional theatre.

The department’s facilities are housed in the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film and include a 155 seat fully reconfigurable theatre, a wide range of teaching studios with sprung floors, full technical facilities to support our robust production and stage management streams, as well as up-to-date infrastructure and equipment for our highly popular filmmaking program. Our faculty complement consists of twelve full-time members augmented with a number of Contract Academic Staff selected from the industry. Our department’s main commitment is to practical theatre and film making within a liberal arts context. Both B.A. and B.A. (Hons) degrees are offered through a range of streams of specialization in theatre, and we are one of Canada’s largest undergraduate programs offering this range of study. Our graduates can be found working in every aspect of theatre and film in Canada and beyond.

Winnipeg is a diverse city and the Department of Theatre and Film is committed to reflecting this diversity to our faculty. Our search is designated for IBPOC and underrepresented theatre-makers, educators, and artists who: have experience and knowledge of the theatre industry; approach theatre-making with an openness to a range of aesthetics and techniques that seek to expand the student-actor’s imagination and learning; and are committed to contributing to current and future advances in both the theatre industry and theatre pedagogy.

In the role of Assistant Professor, the successful candidate will:

  • Teach and supervise at the undergraduate level in the area of Movement for the Stage, with particular emphasis on instruction for students in the Honours Acting stream
  • Support movement/choreographic requirements for department productions
  • Assume positions of responsibility in the collegial governance of the department and the wider university
  • Contribute to the field of theatre through creative practice and/or scholarship


While an MFA or PhD related to the field will be valued, there are many non-traditional pathways toward teaching, research, and creative qualification for the position. The candidate selected will demonstrate qualification in all or most of the following areas:  

  • Significant professional and/or academic creative experience
  • An active professional practice and reputation as a professional movement coach, choreographer, performer, director, or deviser whose work has been presented publicly for review in professional theatres and/or academic institutions
  • A demonstrated track record for creative research through artistic practice in association with community industry partners and/or funding agencies
  • A capacity for teaching Movement for the Stage at the post-secondary or professional level, including effective classroom critique, with demonstrated results
  • An understanding of best pedagogical practices that foster a welcoming, equitable and accessible learning environment for all students within a practice-oriented, diverse liberal arts program that maintains high standards of both academic and practical rigour


  • Certification in areas such as Stage Combat or Intimacy Direction
  •  Experience teaching acting
  •  Experience directing theatre or leading devising processes

Applications should include a cover lettercurriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Candidates should identify the names of their three references in their applications and arrange for the letters of reference to be sent directly to Christopher Brauer, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, at Collectively, these letters of reference should speak to the applicant’s skills in the area of movement for actors in rehearsal and performance as well as their skills and potential as an educator. Applicants may also provide other documentation relevant to this posting.

Applications must be submitted online via The University of Winnipeg’s online recruitment system. For details on how to submit your application, please visit our Human Resources website and under the Employment category, choose the Faculty Employment position vacancies option.

Review of applications will begin March 17 2023 and will continue until such time as the position is filled.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff and faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. In accordance with the University of Winnipeg Employment Equity and Diversity Policy and section 11 of The Human Rights Code, this position is designated for qualified candidates who self-identify as women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. Please confidentially self-identify at the time of application. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact Elieth Martinez, HR Consultant at or 204-258-2928. 

The University of Winnipeg has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires all those coming to designated indoor campus spaces to provide proof they are fully vaccinated.  The Policy was suspended effective May 2, 2022.  However, prospective employees should know that the Policy may be reinstated in the future based on changing public health circumstances.

The personal information of applicants is collected under the authority of the University of Winnipeg Act and 36(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All personal information collected via the recruitment process is used to assess the applicant’s suitability, eligibility, and qualifications for employment, and to otherwise support recruitment activities. This information will be provided to participating members of the recruitment process. Questions regarding the collection of your personal information may be directed to the Director, HR Services, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9 or 204.786.9066.

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