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Lecturer in Theatre - Costume Design/Costume Shop

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University of Maine - USM
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Gorham, ME 04038
Job Description

Position Title:
Lecturer in Theatre – Costume Design/Costume Shop Director – Renewable


City, State:
Gorham, ME

Theater – PTHE

Bargaining Unit:

Salary Band/Wage Band:

Work Schedule:
academic year

Statement of Job:

The University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theatre invites applications for a full-time, academic year (September to May) Lecturer in Theatre: Costume Design/Costume Shop Director, to begin in August 2020. This is not a tenure track position, but is a two year renewable position upon satisfactory performance and mutual agreement. The USM Department of Theatre is an active Bachelor of Arts program with a strong commitment to the liberal arts mission.

The successful candidate will manage and have oversight of the costume shop, supervise work study students and costume-related production assignments, and have strong collaboration and mentoring skillsEach semester the successful candidate will:

  • Teach two sections of costume practicum
  • Teach One of the following courses:

-Costume Design

-Theatrical Makeup

-Advanced Design or other courses in area of expertise

  • Design at least one (1) university production
  • Advise students, supervise and mentor student designers
  • Serve on Department & College committees as needed & work with Department on recruitment strategies and activities

Through a wide-ranging production season, inter-disciplinary collaborations, community and school outreach, and interactive theatre experiences, the USM Department of Theatre contributes to the rich cultural, creative, and artistic life of the greater Portland area and the state of Maine. We graduate majors of the Department of Theatre who are talented innovators in their art form, and articulate, knowledgeable, caring members of our 21st century global society. To learn more about the Department of Theater, please visit our website: .

We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



  • MFA in costume design completed by the time of the appointment.
  • Minimum of one year of professional/practical work in the areas of rendering, costume design, costume construction and costume shop management.
  • Minimum of one year of professional costume design experience


  • At least one year of p
  • Industry affiliations desired.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in an additional theatrical discipline (ex. Secondary design, History/Lit, Props, Dramaturgy, Creative Drama).
  • Knowledge of current industry developments, practices, equipment and software.

Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

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To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply for position.” You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae that fully describes your qualifications, a list of the names and contact information for three references, and a statement describing your teaching philosophy and inclusive approaches to support a diverse campus community (2 pages maximum).

All required materials must be submitted by March 8, 2020.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

Work Year Calendar:
Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References, Teaching Statement

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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