The performing arts fellowship rotates between the three departments in the Division of Performing Arts: the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts, and the School of Music.

The application window for the 2017-18 academic year is now closed.

Check back in January 2018 for details on the performing arts fellowship in the School of Music.

The Fellow will receive furnished housing (in the off-campus Grant Wood Art Colony), teaching experience under a visiting assistant professor rank, studio space shared with faculty in the Theatre Arts Department, and opportunities for public engagement. The Fellow will end the year with a workshop presentation of a new piece.

Fellowship Recipient Responsibilities

The Fellow will teach one course each semester. At least one of these courses will be an Acting I class for Theatre majors; the other may be in the successful candidate’s area of specialization. The specific courses will depend on the Fellow’s expertise and interest, but the department’s overall approach is based on Stanislavski’s work. Additional responsibilities will include an informal presentation in the fall, a public presentation of creative work in the spring, and participation in public engagement activities.

Required Qualifications

MFA degree in Theatre or equivalent professional experience; evidence of a continuing performance record; university level teaching experience in acting, and a strong understanding of Stanislavski’s approach; a demonstrated history of creating original work for the theatre.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years or more of teaching acting to majors at the university level outside of a graduate career; ability to teach a course in candidate’s area of expertise; a strong professional portfolio of devised and/or original work.

Submission Information

Applications should include a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications; academic vita, and professional resume if not included in vita; a one page artist’s statement; contact information for 3 professional references; and additional materials such as a link to the artist’s website providing digital documentation of recent work.

Application Information

Applications are no longer being accepted.


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Careena Melia leads Titus workshop

Current Fellow

Joe Osheroff

Joe Osheroff

Joe Osheroff is the Artistic Director of Homunculus Mask Theater (New York, NY). He founded this company in 2010 as a means of presenting original, devised theater that explores contemporary mask work. Since then, Homunculus productions have been recognized with 6 NY Innovative Theatre Award...Read more