Seeking applicants: Community-Engaged Performance Postdoc

The Departments of Theatre and Comparative Studies, within the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, seek a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team.

We invite applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in community-engaged devised performance. We are seeking an MFA or PhD whose research interests and substantive practical experience center on the making of new works in response to community challenges. The successful candidate will teach two courses in the Spring Semester of 2019 and two courses in 2019-20, semesters TBD. The semesters taught for the Department of Theatre will continue Be the Street, which is now in its second year of theatre workshops and devising about, with, and for community participants in a diverse yet economically distressed Columbus neighborhood. For more information on Be the Street, see While so far our performances, devised with novice performers, have centered on the topic of migration, mobility, and place-making, in subsequent years the successful candidate will have the opportunity to select a different topic if they so desire.

The two courses taught for the Department of Comparative studies will introduce undergraduate students to socially engaged performance projects from around the world, whether in theater, protest, or other social performance.

Faculty mentors will guide the post-doc through completion of the course syllabi, supervise teaching, and support the fellow’s research and writing.

Candidates who can speak, read, and write Spanish language are particularly welcome. Experience in Applied Theatre is also strongly encouraged.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a CV, a 10-15 page sample of scholarly writing, and the names of three references. After selecting our top candidates, we will request reference letters, a 1000-word independent research project proposal, and a sample syllabus outline. We will conduct skype interviews with 3 to 5 finalists.

This fellowship is part of The Ohio State University’s Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field.  The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

Note: The official posting with the application due date (early May) and submission links will be coming soon, so please keep an eye out.