Theatre History Instructor

Website Community College of Aurora

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at the Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high-quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.  With a strong foundation in diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as student-centering practices, the V&PA program offers classes and certificates in Art, Graphic Design, Music & Theatre.

We are seeking a qualified theatre instructor to join our team and teach development of theatre and other theatre courses such as playwriting, theatre appreciation, script analysis and others.

The successful candidate must embrace and exemplify the college values of respect, collaboration, quality, access, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. This person must be familiar with the issues facing the theatre professional today; be skillful in the use of technology in education and in theatrical fields; be fully committed to equity diversity and inclusion; and show passion for teaching and commitment to student success.


  • Instruct in-person Theatre courses as needed, for the Office of Innovative Arts.
  • Participate in on-going professional development.
  • Assist with evaluation and selection of textbooks and other resource materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair and the Dean of Academic Success

Provide theatre majors and students with a strong interest in theatre a basic understanding of the literature and practices in theatre history by:Exploring plays from a variety of cultures and historical time periods to discover the correlation between theatre and culture from the Greek to the Renaissance era.

Tracing the development of theatrical heritage by examining the various forms and traditions of acting, theatre architecture, stage design, and playwriting from the Greek to the Renaissance era.

Identifying how historical theatrical practices have influenced and inform current trends in theatrical productions.
Identifying the common elements, vocabulary, and conventions of historical eras of theatre from the Greek to the Renaissance era.

Demonstrating the ability to place works of theatre in historical and stylistic contexts including explanations of the cultural milieu in which they were created.

Applying dramaturgical research methods to written papers and presentations.

MINIMUM REQUIRED: Master’s degree in one of several related degrees listed below. Also allowed, a Master’s degree in any field, plus 18 graduate credits in one of the related degrees listed below.

RELATED DEGREES: Theater, Theater Design or Design Technology for Theater (lighting, stage, costume), Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Script Writing, Writing for Performance Fields, Dramatic Literature, Drama Education (may also be listed as Cross-Cultural or Multi-cultural language, literature, and culture courses in some graduate theater programs).

TESTED EXPERIENCE: Extensive professional theater experience. A faculty member teaching in the arts may not have a relevant degree at the CCA-prescribed level, but may have earned a Master’s degree (preferably in the field), has demonstrated at least five years of significant work in the field, and had his/her expertise, ability, and talent validated through publications or artistic works that have earned critical and/or national public acclaim. Tested experience document with rubric must be completed, submitted, and approved.

SALARY: Instructional hours will be paid at the current Instructor rate, which starts at $1,011.00 per credit hour taught.

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