Applications invited: Stanford TAPS Scenic Design Lecturer

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The Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University invites applicants for a Scenic Designer position, a non-tenure track Lecturer position in scenography to begin September 2020.

The Lecturer will be responsible for teaching between 1 – 3 classes per year, ranging from introductory design to upper-level courses in scenography. The Lecturer will design 3 productions each academic year for the department. Additional duties may involve supervising student assistants and advising the design process for student productions. Collaborative designers who consider themselves teaching artists, are interested in innovative approaches to design, and are enthusiastic about contemporary theater are encouraged to apply. Additional responsibilities may include serving on committees and student advising.

Candidates must be interested in program development, committed to teaching, and invested in the future direction of theater.


  • MFA in Theater Design
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Proficiency in computer-aided drafting and rendering skills, as well as hand drafting, rendering and model-making. Evidence of these skills should be in the classroom as well as in production
  • Professional design experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong skills in oral and written communications, including the use of electronic and digital platforms.
  • Experience working with projections, scenery painting, props and/or set dressing skills.
  • Ability to work as a hands-on member of a production team.
  • Experience with the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Vectorworks.
  • Ability to mentor and encourage students to pursue a Major or Minor in Theater and Performance Studies and support student applications to graduate school.

Please submit the following by February 1, 2020 to with “Scenic Design Lecturer Position” in the email subject line:

A statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, a digital portfolio (PDF or online) of professional work, and three references. Letters of reference may be solicited later in the process.

Stanford TAPS has an undergraduate Theater and Performance Studies BA program with concentrations available in Acting and Theater-Making, an undergraduate Minor program with concentrations in Theater and Performance Studies and Dance available, and Ph.D. and Ph.D. Minor programs on offer in Theater and Performance Studies. The mission of the program is to combine scholarship with practice.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.