Founding Program Director, MFA in Dramatic Theater Arts

Buffalo, NY

MFA in Dramatic Theater Arts Founding Program Director

D’Youville College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce the search for an MFA in Dramatic Theater Arts Founding Program Director.  The Founding Program Director reports directly to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and will serve as the department leader responsible for the organization, administration, planning, continuous review, development, and general effectiveness of the MFA in Dramatic Theater Arts program.  In addition to teaching within the program, the Founding Program Director will lead the program development and assessment, guide the faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. This is a full-time 12-month administrative appointment with a faculty appointment in the program.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Program organization, administration, fiscal management, programmatic review and assessment as well as provide effective leadership to the department. 
  • Hire and supervise the faculty and staff in activities that directly relate to the MFA program (including faculty teaching assignments, curriculum, and strategic vision).
  • Ensure that the program’s initial application for NAST accreditation is successful, and the program is poised for continuous accreditation.
  • Teach within the program.
  • Participate in faculty governance, attend faculty meetings and serve on faculty and College committees as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate the existing relationship between D’Youville and the Kavinoky Theater, a professional theater company housed on the campus.
  • Create and maintain a culture of inclusion that engages students and values each person’s contribution to the shared D’Youville educational mission. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, practice, teaching, service, and /or administrative experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Successful applicants will display strong leadership, organization, budget development, and communication skills, as well as interpersonal ability, time management, and self-motivation.  In addition, successful candidates will meet the following:

  • MFA in Acting, Theater Arts, Performance, Theater Education, or related field (equivalent professional experience will also be considered);
  • Professional experience in acting and theater;
  • Experience teaching at the post-secondary and graduate level;
  • Strong business acumen for program sustainability;
  • Demonstrated praxis of incorporating principles and practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the classroom and within the industry;
  • Demonstrated application of culturally responsive and fluid teaching pedagogies and approaches.

About D’Youville College:

D’Youville is a private college located on the vibrant west side of Buffalo, preparing students for the 21st Century. The College has a growing community of over 3,000 students in an urban setting, offering more than 50 majors in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies including advanced certificates and accelerated learning programs. Featuring degrees in healthcare, business and liberal arts, D’Youville encourages students to balance inter-and extra-curricular activities integrating community service with coursework. Excelling at helping students reach their career goals, D’Youville instills character to become change agents, doing well for themselves and their communities by doing good. Founded in 1908, the Grey Nuns named the college after the Patron Saint Marguerite d’Youville to be a compassionate place of learning for those from underrepresented populations to give them a better life, which continues today. A school with a long, Catholic history, D’Youville welcomes students of every culture, background and faith and is a place where traditions can be openly shared and respected. D’Youville’s proud graduates have the academic rigor necessary for careers that make a difference and the skills to be leaders for the world of tomorrow.

About the Kavinoky Theater:

The Kavinoky Theatre, the area’s largest employer of AEA actors, has earned a reputation for consistently high-quality productions, and has received countless awards. With a strong subscriber base and a recently completed renovation, the Kavinoky produces five shows each season. Students in the MFA program will be encouraged and supported in their pursuit of roles at the Kavinoky. Over the years, The Kavinoky has had a seminal influence on the growth of live theatre in Buffalo. Most of the leading area actors had their start at The Kavinoky, as did many of the Artistic Directors. When it began, it was alone; there are now over thirty producing organizations in town and the Kavinoky is proud to have paved the way for Buffalo's thriving theatre community.

About the Buffalo, New York Community:

D’Youville College is less than a mile from Buffalo’s growing downtown and year-round waterfront and harbor-side activities. A city with a deep sense of history and a rich sports and recreation culture, Buffalo is a city to behold. The Prospect Park/Lower West Side neighborhood is one of Buffalo’s most diverse and historic with fine examples of residential architecture from the last hundred years and new businesses popping up regularly. With miles of bike trails, an extensive parks system (oldest urban park system in the United States) and an abundance of activities and events, New York’s second largest city always provides excitement. Buffalo offers plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and parks. 

Application Process:

All correspondence about the MFA in Dramatic Theater Arts Program Director search at D’Youville College should be directed to the College’s executive recruiting consultant.  Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to:


Adam W. Barrett

Associate Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV outlining your career as a performer and educator;
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you; and
  4. A statement about how you will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the program (this may be included in your cover letter).


Applications received by January 14, 2022, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.


D’Youville College does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in the administration of its educational policies and programs, employment policies and practices, enrollment policies and practices, and athletics program, as well as any other College-administered policy, procedure, practice, or program. Reasonable accommodations are made for individuals with disabilities.