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 University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and the Division of Performing Arts seek applications from emerging to mid-career directors who are engaged in creating new theatrical
or interdisciplinary performances. 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 Department of Theatre Arts, and opportunities for public engagement. The Fellow will direct one play on the Department of Theatre Arts Centennial Mainstage Season and end the year with a public presentation of their creative work.

The Fellow will receive:

  • An appointment as a Grant Wood Visiting Assistant Professor in Directing
  • $40,000 salary and benefits
  • Furnished housing (off- campus residence)

Fellowship Recipient Responsibilities

The Fellow will teach one course each semester. One of these courses will be a directing class for Theatre Arts majors; the other course will be determined based on the Fellow’s
expertise and interest. Additional responsibilities will include an informal presentation in the fall semester, a public presentation of creative work in the spring semester, directing on the mainstage season, and participation in other public engagement activities. The Fellow is required to be in residence the entire academic year. This period is August 19, 2020-December 18, 2020 and January 13, 2021-May 14, 2021.

Required Qualifications

MFA degree in Theatre or equivalent professional experience; significant record of professional artistic accomplishments in directing and expectation for their continuation; university level teaching experience in directing, a demonstrated history of new play development, and an observable commitment to diversity.

Desirable Qualifications

One year or more of teaching directing at the university level outside of a graduate career; experience teaching graduate level directing; experience in collaborating with artists in such fields as music, dance, or digital media for performance.

Submission Information

Candidates should submit applications online at and refer to requisition #73806. Screening of applications begins December 9 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications; academic vitae, and professional resume if not included in vitae; a one-page artist’s statement; contact information for three professional references; candidates should include a link to their website or equivalent online presence.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.

Careena Melia leads Titus workshop

Current Fellow

Margarita Blush

Margarita Blush

MARGARITA BLUSH is a Bulgarian-American theatre artist. She holds a BFA in Performance and an MFA in Directing for Puppet Theatre from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (Sofia, Bulgaria) and a certificate in Lecoq-based pedagogy from Embodied Poetics (London, UK). Blush is passionate...Read more