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Become A Theatre Director

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Working As A Theatre Director

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Make Decisions

  • $47,278

    Average Salary

What Does A Theatre Director Do At University of Rochester

* Music director, coach and conductor for at least two mainstage productions for Eastman Opera Theatre per academic year.
* Supervise and mentor the music staff and graduate assistants who are coaching and accompanying all the productions.
* Oversee the musical preparation for all performance activities in the opera courses.
* In addition to opera-area responsibilities, coach individual students in vocal repertoire on a weekly basis.
* Review of applications begins October 1, 2017.
* To receive full consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information from three prominent performer/teacher references, and audio recordings of examples of conducting and musical direction via attachment to EOTMUSICDIRECTORsearch@esm.rochester.edu.
* Upon request, candidates may be asked to submit video excerpts of a musical coaching rehearsal, along with any other pertinent material.
* The Eastman School of Music seeks to create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
* We encourage applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity in higher education.
* We are an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourage applications from groups underrepresented in higher education
* EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
* Job Title:
* Music Dir. of Eastman Opera Theatre; Vocal Coach
* Location:
* Eastman School Music
* Job ID:
* Regular/Temporary:
* Regular
* Full/Part Time

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How To Become A Theatre Director

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Theatre Director Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

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Top Skills for A Theatre Director

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Top Theatre Director Skills

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Dramatic Literature
  3. Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Adapted and reworked curriculum previously provided for other classes.
  • Directed musical theatre productions for children in the third through sixth grades.
  • Direct, train and inspire semester and summer camp participants in the theatre arts Orchestrate all working layers of 5 performing musicals
  • Focused on audition skills and character development.
  • Expanded the Theatre Program's social media presence including Facebook and Twitter.

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