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Lecturer in Acting and Theatre

York St John University - School of the Arts

Closing date: Monday 8th November 2021 at midnight

Interview date: Friday 3rd December 2021

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us. This academic year our department will be moving into the new Creative Centre, which is on the main campus in the heart of York. This Centre will provide professional and purpose-built learning spaces for all of our Performance students and staff. The centre is set to become a major cultural player in York and our goal is for it to become one of the most significant cultural venues in the heart of the city. 

As one of the fastest growing universities in the U.K over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset.

The department of Performance has many courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. These include routes in Acting, Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance. 

Performance at York St John has an excellent research profile in theatre and performance and a strong reputation of innovative and transformative community arts practice. We offer our students career focused courses with real world experience and research-informed-teaching. We are partners with many professional and leading institutions and organisations, including York Theatre Royal, Converge and the International Centre for Community Music. 

The new Creative Centre offers brand new facilities including a large theatre auditorium that has been acoustically designed to accommodate many different performing contexts, with a Steinway piano and a full theatrical rig for lights and sound. Alongside this we have black box drama studios, a dance studio and rehearsal spaces.

We are seeking an Acting and Theatre specialist who has experience in teaching all areas of performance practice and theory. It would be desirable if the candidate has skills in one or both of the following areas: Practice Research in Acting or Theatre, or Dance for Musical Theatre.

The majority of your work will be to teach our undergraduate acting and theatre courses and influence the direction of the new BA Acting degree with research informed teaching and professional expertise.  You may also be involved in our new BA Musical Theatre course and/or support and supervise our growing number of postgraduate students.

The successful candidate will join the Performance department and contribute to recruitment activities, tutoring and to our students’ development as performers, devisers, and facilitators.

The candidate must have experience in the following:

  • Teaching acting and academic skills at HE level.
  • Research informed teaching.
  • The teaching of academic writing and research across a wide range of theatre and performance.


  • Professional Acting and commercial experience.
  • Movement or Dance for performance and musical theatre.

Please direct enquiries to: Sarah O’Brien,

In addition to a competitive salary, YSJ employees enjoy access to a superb range of benefits including:–

  • Generous annual leave entitlement (plus additional leave days during our Christmas closure period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Health cash plan
  • Training and development
  • Discounts at a range of local companies, including shops, cafes and restaurants.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff networks and a multi-faith space to support staff from different background.

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Interviews may take place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Further guidance will be provided to candidates who progress to interview stage.

Please note that this vacancy may close early if a large volume of applications are received to ensure that we can meet the above timescales. Any applications currently in progress at this time will be notified and given the opportunity to complete their application prior to closure.

Location: York
Salary: £34,304 to £39,740 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 8th November 2021
Job Ref: 176-21
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