Columbia College degree in Comedy Writing and Performance Announces National Search for Two Positions

Anne Libera

 

Columbia College Chicago is hiring two full time lecturer positions to serve its rapidly growing B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performing.

The degree is the only one of its kind in the United ecoetates and had its beginnings in 2007 in a partnership between Columbia College Chicago and The Second City. The Comedy Studies semester provides a semester abroad style program in which students come to Chicago and study comic acting, improvisation, sketch and solo writing, comedy history, and physical and vocal prep for comedy. All courses in the semester are held at The Second City’s historic location on Wells Street in Chicago.

Alumni of the Comedy Studies semester include SNL’s Aidy Bryant, performers for Second City’s resident and touring companies, writers for The Onion as well as network, cable, and Netflix television shows as well as numerous regularly performing stand-up, improv, and sketch comedians, as well as at least one ordained minister.

The B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performing enters its third year in  2015-2016 with an estimated 200 majors. This interdisciplinary degree is housed within the Columbia College Theatre department and builds on the philosophy of the Comedy Studies semester; successful comedians require training and experience as writers, performers, directors, and producers across media. In addition to the semester at The Second City, major requirements include foundation work in theatrical principles and acting, comedy specific training in theory and practice, as well as coursework in television and self-management and freelancing.

Job descriptions for the two positions are listed below. If you have questions about the positions or about the program in general please feel free to contact Program Coordinator and Director of Comedy Studies, Anne Libera at ALibera@colum.edu.


Lecturer, Comedy Writing and Performing Program, Theatre Department (Focus in Clown and Physical Comedy)

 

The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago has an opening for the position of Lecturer in the Comedy Writing and Performing Program.  The candidate would possess an advanced degree in Theatre or related disciplines or have the equivalent professional experience. Successful candidates will possess strong teaching experience and collaboration skills and have at least five years professional experience as a performer or director in the field of physical theater, circus arts, mask work, or clown.  Experience with Chicago style improvisation, standup, or sketch comedy a plus.

Duties include: Teaching four classes a semester within the program; Advising students; Co-coordinating freshman foundation classes; Organize activities for majors; Curriculum development; Collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and ancillary departmental tasks as needed.

 

Lecturer, Comedy Writing and Performing Program, Theatre Department

(Focus on Writing and Directing)

 

The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago has an opening for the position of Lecturer in the Comedy Writing and Performing Program.  The candidate would possess an advanced degree in Theatre, Writing, or related disciplines or have the equivalent professional experience. Successful candidates will possess strong teaching experience and collaboration skills and have at least five years professional experience as a writer or director in the fields of sketch, standup, film, television, or internet comedy.  Performance experience is a plus.

Duties include: Teaching four classes a semester including one within the television department; Advising students; Developing curriculum for advanced performance classes; Developing and overseeing cabaret space with  performance opportunities for majors; Collaborating with Business, Film and Television departments on interdisciplinary projects and ancillary departmental tasks as needed.

 

http://about.colum.edu/human-resources/employment.html

Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate institution whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal education. Our intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and author the culture of their times.


To further the mission of the College, and contribute to the creative student-centered community, we are committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff. Columbia encourages qualified female, LGBTQ, disabled, and minority individuals to apply for all positions.

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