The University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) invites applications for an adjunct lecturer position in Comedy to teach a new class entitled Comedy in Los Angeles starting January 1, 2022, with classes beginning January 10, 2022.Â Â
The goal of this brand-new course is to examine Los Angeles-based comedy as it continues to evolve, both through text and performance. The course will focus on the experience of the comedy audience and the role that comedy plays in the cityâs culture, with a nod to the historical contribution of Los Angeles comedy to American comedy as a whole.
Candidates should have ample experience working as an actor or comedian with substantial professional credentials and/or at least three to five years teaching experience and engaging with others in the role of teacher, director and/or mentor to students of comedy or acting. An understanding of contemporary comedy methodologies (improv, stand-up, sketch, clown) is preferred. Required skills include basic acting technique, improv performance technique, sketch comedy, and a firm understanding of the comedy performance scene in LA and the country at large. Â
Other responsibilities include fostering the excellence and vitality of the School of Dramatic Arts Comedy program; promoting the school as a vital part of the arts and entertainment environment of Southern California; as well as advancing the reputation and visibility of the School nationally and internationally.
Please prepare a cover letter briefly describing your teaching philosophy and practices of inclusivity, a detailed CV or resume, link to your website/portfolio, and 3 references.
Salary range for this position is $45-$55/hour depending on experience.
Bachelor's Degree in any field
Experience working as a professional actor or comedian
Basic acting technique, improv performance technique, sketch comedy, and a firm understanding of the comedy performance scene in Los Angeles and the country at large
1-2 years teaching
Computer proficiency (MS Office, Outlook, and Internet)
Bachelorâs Degree in Theatre or Related Field
Ample experience working as an actor or comedian with substantial professional credentials
Advanced acting technique, stand-up technique, show development, improv performance technique, sketch comedy, and a firm understanding of the comedy performance scene globally
3-5 years of teaching engaging with others in the role of teacher, director and/or mentor to students of comedy or acting
The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education.Â The School offers innovated programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction.Â With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified individuals and from broadest possible community.
The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.Â We encourage applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor employment visas for this position.Â Please note the following visa categories do not qualify for unrestricted work authorization: B, H-1B, TN, E-3, E-2 Principle, O-1, P-1, nor L-1.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.