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Job Openings: Granada Artist-in-Residence

UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence

Call for Applications

The Department of Theatre and Dance recruits each year for three one-quarter visiting professor positions with professionally competitive salary to fill the Granada Artist-in-Residence posts. The department seeks a professional theater or dance practitioner primarily to direct and/or choreograph, or otherwise to work on a production with graduate students (from our mid-career M.F.A. program), undergraduate majors in dramatic art, and others from the university community.

Applications are encouraged from directors, dancers, actors, choreographers, designers and playwrights with a reputation for working in any area of classical, contemporary and experimental performance.

The position is best viewed as an opportunity to engage with a vibrant culture of theater and dance, committed to social and imaginative interventions through performance, that will encourage applicants to reflect on their own or others’ work and contribute to new ways of producing stage work.  Individuals who are energized by working with young and emerging artists thrive best in this environment.

Applicants are sought nationally and internationally and should be able to work and teach in the English language.


Substantial recognized professional experience and a commitment to the exploration of innovative approaches to theater, dance and performance that develop creative insight, challenge existing practices and open new doorways onto experience. There should be a demonstrated capacity to develop new approaches in these fields. Applicants should have a recognized reputation in their field, and be able to educate students in the professional standards expected of theater and dance. Previous Granada Artists-in-Residence include Stafford Arima, Philip Kan Gotanda, Mark Ravenhill, Ellen Bromberg, Bill T. Jones, Annabel Arden, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, John Jasperse, Rinde Eckert, Howard Brenton, Qudus Onikeku, and Dominique Serrand.


The primary responsibility is to direct or choreograph a production for the Department that will profile the education, skills and creative knowledge of theater, dance and performance.  The second responsibility is to teach one upper-level undergraduate course in a field of the artist’s interest relevant to the department’s curriculum.

General Information

There are three UC Davis Granada Artists-in-Residence per year, one per quarter.  Recently, we have been emphasizing more popular genres in the fall (musicals and comedies) and experimental devised and choreographic work in the winter quarter. Each quarter is ten weeks of instruction plus an exam week.  Fall Quarter runs from the end of September to early-mid December, Winter Quarter from January to late March and Spring Quarter from late March to early June.  Granada Artists-in-Residence are appointed for one quarter at the rank of Visiting Professor.

The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance offers its undergraduate majors a liberal education training in an interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in dramatic art. Currently the department has 76 undergraduate students enrolled in emphases in Theatre or Dance under the Dramatic Art major. The Department of Theatre and Dance also offers an interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in dramatic art and supports a large number of PhD students in Performance Studies. The graduate programs are highly prestigious and many graduate students mid-career professionals, often with substantial reputations.

The University of California, Davis is located in a city known for its innovative responses to environmental and social problems and for its quality of life. Full-time enrollment at UC Davis is about 30,000 students, and the campus offers a broad spectrum of education from visual arts to biological and environmental science, literature and languages, engineering and medicine, viticulture and food science, and veterinary science, to name a few. Davis is within an hour’s drive of the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the High Sierra, and is fifteen minutes away from the state capital, Sacramento.


Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The letter should include two or three project proposals and suggest questions around creative activity the projects engage. Applications demonstrating an alertness to the department’s program of classical, contemporary and experimental work will be at an advantage. Please do not send supporting documentation at this time. References will be contacted as appropriate at a later date. Review of applications begins March 1, 2014 and continues until filled.

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The University of California, Davis, and the Theatre and Dance Department are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus.


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