Limited Term Appointment in Acting for the Theatre at Concordia

Job title: Limited Term Appointment in Acting for the Theatre
Position code: 21_LTA_THEA_M
Date posted: March 19, 2021
Application deadline: April 23, 2021
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

This position is open to any qualified individual who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Colour (BIPOC). This hire is part of the Theatre Department’s commitment to increasing representation by BIPOC faculty in the department, in recognition of historic underrepresentation of non-White faculty in higher education in Canada.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach primarily in the BFA Specialization in Acting for the Theatre (ACTT). During the initial appointment, they will normally be assigned a teaching load of six courses (18 credits) at the undergraduate level, and up to seven courses per annum if reappointed. Teaching duties will include fundamental and advanced acting courses (including topics and/or specialized skills aligned with the candidate’s interests and expertise), and directing productions of published scripts and/or original works of theatre (chosen by the candidate in collaboration with colleagues in the department). Other responsibilities will include: serving as the ACTT Academic Advisor and Area Coordinator; mentoring students; attending weekly full-time faculty meetings, including helping colleagues to conceive and implement decolonizing strategies; serving on departmental committees, including serving on, or collaborating with, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee to mediate and advocate for students; and participating actively in auditions, workshops and open houses for potential students.

Qualifications and assets

We are seeking a practising artist/teacher with at least eight (8) years of professional (peer-recognized) theatre experience in acting, directing and/or acting coaching. While we welcome applications from seasoned candidates without a completed terminal degree, preference will be given to applicants with evidence of successful teaching and administrative experience within an academic environment. The ideal candidate will have expertise in specialized acting, movement, and/or voice techniques. Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a culturally-responsive approach to theatre practice and pedagogy, and a willingness to work collegially with a team of colleagues whose approaches and philosophies vary. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French would be considered advantageous.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to the Theatre Department Hiring Committee and should be submitted electronically to on or before April 23, 2021. Submissions must include a cover letter clearly identifying the job title (Limited Term Appointment in Acting for the Theatre) and position code (21_LTA_THEA_M), a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three referees. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin soon after the position has closed,but will continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 

Concordia University is strongly committed to building an equitable and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of diversity in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Immigration status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

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