Director of Dance Production

University of Colorado Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance

United States

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

Instructor, Department of Theatre & Dance. University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for an instructor position in Dance Production beginning August 2021.The dance program seeks a production based professional and teacher who will join a team of imaginarians engaged in the work of decolonizing the university and creating new futures for dance. We seek a contributor to the curricular, administrative, service and leadership needs of a thriving and collaborative program.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We are a well-established, nationally recognized dance program that encourages the pursuit of one’s artistic voice, embodied scholarship, and pedagogical exploration. As a team of imaginarians, we use dance and the body to challenge assumptions about practices, values, technology, sustainability and personal and global positionality. Our program scaffolds entrepreneurial approaches to art-making based in personal initiative, curiosity, and versatility. We support the vital cultivation of self-awareness alongside a nuanced appreciation of one’s positionality within a global conversation. Somatic studies serves as the integrative tissue in our highly diverse and forward-thinking program.
Our department is home to three in-house theatres and a community of artists committed to transdisciplinary collaboration. Our 11-member dance faculty has expertise in film production, intermedia performance, transnational fusion, somatics, Hip-hop, reinvention of contemporary forms, technological engagement, West African Dance, Dance of the MENA regions (Middle East/North Africa), imaginative technical production, and sound composition.
Made up of about 120 undergraduate majors/minors and 15 graduate students, the department offers BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in dance as well as BA, BFA, MA and PhD degrees in theatre.
The CU campus is a Tier One Research Institution located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, twenty-five miles from Denver. A recent SMU Data Arts study ranked Boulder in the Top 10 of the most vibrant arts communities among medium-sized cities in the country.
Admissions Department: As one of only 36 public research institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of Colorado Boulder is all about realizing the positive impacts of new knowledge.
From offering dozens of exciting programs in a range of academic fields, to serving as one of the world’s most dynamic research and innovation hubs, to working closely through hundreds of public outreach efforts with communities across Colorado and the world, we take pride in helping our students, faculty, staff and partners turn new ideas into productive outcomes that change lives.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The Director of Dance Production coordinates technical support for all the Dance Program’s performances and showings, designing, and mentoring student designers for these productions across the academic year. (Approximately 6-8 shows per year).
  • Teach 2 classes per semester in production and design areas across the Dance and Theatre programs. 
  • Coordinate practicum students working run crew on dance performances.
  • Collaborate with faculty, guest and student choreographers on the design elements of their work.
  • Interview, hire and supervise 6 - 10 student hourly employees who assist with tasks related to producing the dance concert season. Co-supervise the production Master Electrician.
  • In collaboration with Director of Dance, oversee production budget and season planning. Supervise ongoing maintenance, improvements and operation of stage and classroom including floors, lighting, sound, scenic & video equipment in the dance wing. Serve as Building Proctor for the dance wing.
  • Provide service through participation on department and university committees.

What We Can Offer

Salary appropriate to experience and skill set. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • MFA in Performance Design discipline or BFA/BA in Performance Design discipline and experience in professional production and educational production environments. 
  • Ability to teach in a design discipline and general production skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in design areas such as Sound Design, Projection Design, Lighting Design or Scenic Design. 
  • Software proficiency in QLab, Lightwright, Final Cut Pro, Isadora, Adobe CC, Vector Works, Ableton Live, Logic, FCP, Projection Mapping.
  • Experience with ETC EOS Consoles spatial audio systems, musical theatre audio systems. 
  • Expertise in at least one of the following: Screen Dance and video editing, Professional Development, Arts Management, Stage Management.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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