MFA Program Director

The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program seeks a nationally recognized theatre artist to be the Director of the Graduate Program. Now in its 30th year of partnership with the prestigious Old Globe, this highly selective MFA program has consistently enjoyed national recognition as a professional, classically based training program for actors that is dedicated to excellence and inclusion. Working closely with the Artistic Director of The Old Globe and Chair of the USD Department of Theatre, the MFA Program Director serves as an advocate for the students and the program’s continued success while demonstrating the values of both institutions.


The ideal candidate is a Master Acting Teacher and theatre professional who will be eligible for tenure upon appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with experience. Preferred candidates of this full-time, 12-month position will demonstrate the skills to guide an accomplished faculty, staff, and guest artists; successfully advise a diverse student population; direct productions; and serve as an ambassador of the program to both audiences and the community. 



Three letters of recommendation may be addressed to:
Ray Chambers, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Theatre,
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492.

USD, an independent Catholic university, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving diversity and inclusion in its faculty, students, and environment.


To apply, go to Look for job IRC23661. Applications are only accepted online through August 31, 2017.


Detailed Job Description

General Purpose: 

The Director oversees all academic and administrative functions of the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Responsibilities include oversight of all teaching, faculty, student, administrative, production, scheduling, recruitment, and marketing duties for the program. The primary office for the program is housed at the Old Globe in Balboa Park.

The Program Director is supported by the Program Coordinator, who manages many of the administrative functions of the Graduate Theatre program under the Director’s guidance.

The Graduate Theatre program is a joint venture of the University and The Old Globe, and requires the Director to be familiar with both academic and professional theatre protocol. Since the program is administered and funded by both organizations, familiarity with accounting and business practices for each is essential.

Supervision Received:

Although contracted to the University of San Diego, the Director reports to both the University and The Old Globe.

Supervision Exercised: 

The Director exercises supervision over all Graduate Theatre full-time and adjunct faculty, MFA students, the Program Coordinator, Guest Artists, and all production, house, recruitment, and additional staff, as needed. The Director also exercises partial supervision of affiliate faculty from the Department of English.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Faculty and Staff:

  • Coordinates with faculty the development and articulation of the Program’s mission
  • Supervises all full-time, adjunct, and affiliate faculty – currently four full-time, two to four adjuncts, four affiliate
  • Supervises the Program Coordinator and additional staff    
  • Conducts yearly merit reviews of faculty and staff
  • In consultation with the Chair, makes all faculty teaching load and committee assignments
  • Develops the Program’s yearly master calendar, including events, productions, and class schedules
  • Schedules and supervises weekly faculty meetings
  • Schedules and supervises faculty/student conferences

The Old Globe:

  • Works with the Artistic Director to innovate classical training as it relates to professional practice
  • Strengthens and develops the ties of training to the values of The Old Globe in Arts Engagement and making theatre matter to more people
  • Oversees Program budget, including overseeing Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Negotiates student casting and understudy assignments
  • Negotiates Globe/Program scheduling
  • Contracts and schedules Globe artist workshops
  • Attends monthly meetings of Department Heads
  • As Senior Staff, attends opening night performances and special events
  • Attends all understudy run-throughs

University of San Diego

  • Serves as the Program’s primary advocate to the University
  • Represents the Program to the College – attends bi-weekly Chair & Director meetings, petitions for space and renovations, advocates for Alumni Honors, addresses development events, etc.
  • Oversees Program budget, including overseeing Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Coordinates and submits yearly Minor Capital Outlay and Equipment requests to USD
  • Alumni liaison – ongoing correspondence, meetings, events, etc.


  • Teaches the equivalent of 6 units each semester – receives 3 units of release time each semester as Program Director
  • Teacher of Record for additional 9 units each summer
  • Advisor of Record for all Graduate Theatre students
  • Directs student productions and projects as needed
  • Directs and produces yearly Showcase Presentation in Los Angeles and New York


  • Develops with faculty the yearly production season
  • Produces annual season – one Globe and two University productions, two additional on-campus projects. Responsibilities include casting, budget, logistical and artistic oversight
  • Contracts and supervises Guest Artists and outside designers
  • With the Chair, schedules department designers and production spaces


  • Oversees Marketing and PR plan for the program, productions, showcase and recruitment 


  • Supervises auditions and interviews for prospective students in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Diego
  • With advisement from the Globe’s Artistic staff, selects and vets student finalists, and makes verbal and written offers
  • Contracts incoming students regarding Program protocol
  • Supervises on-site recruitment monitors and alumni volunteers
  • Fields inquiries from prospective student applicants
  • Supervises incoming student orientation and reception
  • Organizes faculty recruitment and searches for the Program
  • Participates in faculty recruitment and searches for the Department