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To apply, please visit Interfolio Please ensure you upload documents to the position for which you are applying and not your personal Interfolio account.  Materials are only being accepted via Interfolio. Required documents to be uploaded are:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of the ability to nurture a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences as demonstrated through pedagogy, creative and scholarly work, and service.
  • Evidence of design activities including a portfolio link or attachment
  • Statement of Teaching philosophy
  • A list of at least three references with contact information

Job Summary

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE.  As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is firmly committed to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence.

University Productions (UProd) typically presents ten fully-mounted main stage shows between September and April, serving the departments of Theatre & Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Voice in three different venues. These productions are directed by faculty and guest directors, and crewed by students. Additional faculty, guests, and BFA students complete the creative production teams. Design & Production majors work as stage managers, shop assistants, and technicians for each production; talented students may design costumes, sound, sets, or lighting for these productions. UProd manages all of the production shops and facilities including a 17,000 square foot costume stock warehouse and professional costume shop, an electrics shop, two scene shops, two paint shops, and a prop shop managed by professional staff. Students work in the shops as work-study, paid staff, or for credit.

The Department of Theatre & Drama commits to inquiry and self-assessment, ongoing dialogue, and above all, to actions that will lead to equitable theatre processes. 


The resident artist would design five shows for University Productions. At least three of these shows would be as costume designer and up to two others in scenery. The resident designer may be assigned to design dance, musical theatre, opera and/or theatre productions as needed.  Productions take place in the Power Center (1200 seats), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (620 seats), and Arthur Miller Theatre (227 seats). The resident designer would work closely with faculty and guest stage directors, as well as with design students and faculty, integrating production into the undergraduate experience. Additional responsibilities include working with shop heads to create productions within budget, advising and mentoring student designers and technicians, customary meetings, assistance with recruiting, and participation in our annual portfolio review. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Strong background in design rooted in professional performance practices
  • Ability to provide accurate design renderings, drawings and supporting paperwork, modelling clear, collaborative communication for and with design students and production teams
  • Commitment to nurturing a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences as demonstrated through pedagogy, service, and activities
  • Ability to relate to and collaborate with students and colleagues in a university environment
  • Demonstrated supervisory and collaborative abilities; ability to adhere to production timelines while remaining flexible to the evolving needs during the pandemic
  • Superlative organizational practices, time management skills, and communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Terminal degree; significant professional experience in lieu of a terminal degree will be considered
  • Experience with on-line learning environments

Union Affiliation

  • The terms and conditions of employment for this position are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturer's Employee Organization.
  • Salary range is determined by the LEO contract which starts at 51,000 per academic year, SMTD salary range is 51,000 - 70,000.  Higher salary may be considered for exceptional candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.