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The Danish National School of Performing Arts invites applications for:

Two full professorships in performing arts


The Danish National School of Performing Arts invites applications for two positions as Professor in Performing Arts.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts is recruiting two new full professors to develop our educations and artistic research environment further. The school is developing a Master's degree in performing arts, and we are therefore looking for talented colleagues to help shape the future of further education in the performing arts. The general objective of the Master's degree is to allow students from all of The Danish National School of Performing Arts’ core areas (acting, playwriting, directing, stage design, light design, sound design, production management, dance and choreography, and musical theatre), to become independent and innovative performing artists. The role of the new professors will be to develop a programme that promote collaboration across disciplines and prepares the students for a professional practice as a creative artist within a broad field of contemporary performative practices.



Applications are sought from eminent applicants within the field of theatre and performing arts, who can strengthen the school’s research profile and provide our MA-students with significant artistic insight and experience.  

As a professor in performing arts, you will teach and supervise MA-students in their artistic work and play a vital role in developing the educational programmes of the MA. You are also expected to show artistic and academic leadership by developing and managing core educational and research related tasks.

It is our aim to build a strong team of professors who will work collaboratively to enhance an already vibrant artistic and academic environment by bringing new artistic insight, practical knowledge and a renewed experimental approach to teaching. The successful candidates must be able to foster broad international cooperation. Furthermore, the professors are expected to take a leading role in research groups and development of new teaching activities. To ensure a close relationship between teaching and artistic practice, we expect the successful applicant to have strong pedagogical skills and extensive experience with theatre productions. As an important role model for our students, we also expect the team of professors to actively contribute to the artistic learning environment by a visible and physical presence at the school.


The Danish National School of Performing Arts, is currently seeking applicants for two positions:

Professor in Performing Arts (Artistic director)

Professor in Performing Arts (Dramaturgy)


General duties attached to the position of professor in performing arts are:

  • Management of the MA in Performing Arts (Artistic director)
  • Artistic research
  • Teaching, supervision and examination of students
  • Plan and design the MA in performing Arts
  • Administrative tasks related to the position as professor in performing arts.
  • Knowledge sharing, coordination and management of teachers and guest lecturers
  • Participation in international networks
  • Fundraising and research management


Professorships at the Danish National School of Performing Arts also involve duties to carry out professional management. The distribution between the different tasks may vary in periods for the individual professor.


The qualification requirements for the Professor of Performing Arts include artistic and/or theoretical merits and qualifications, good teaching skills and broad knowledge of contemporary art. The ideal candidate is expected to have established her/himself as an important artist and/or scholar in the field of performing arts.

We emphasise that the applicants must:

  • Be able to provide significant artistic insight and experience
  • Play a vital role in developing the educational programmes of the MA
  • Show academic leadership by developing and managing core educational and research related tasks
  • Have considerable experience with the development and management of artistic projects and/or theatre productions
  • Have proven knowledge of performing arts and theories relevant to contemporary art
  • Have the potential to make specific contribution to his/her area of specialisation in terms of artistic research
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills which enables her/him to be a constructive and empathic colleague  


The appointments are subject to external assessment. An assessment committee including the rector and two external members assesses whether the applicants possess the artistic and/or academic, educational and other professional qualification requirements provided in the job structure and stated in this job advertisement.


Both positions are offered as full time employment on five year’s fixed-term contracts with the possibility of extension up to an additional three years.

Salary is entered on individual terms and will be transferred to the coming regulation on pay structure for the Danish National School of Performing of the Ministry of Finance. There will be an opportunity to negotiate individual qualification-based increases.  

The start date will be 1st of January 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The professors will report to the rector.

The permanent place of work at the school’s Copenhagen campus with regular attention at the school’s other bases in Fredericia, Odense, Odsherred and Aarhus.

APPLICATION – both positions
Application can be in English and must include the following information and documentation:


  • A covering letter that indicates whether you wish to apply for the professorship in performing Arts (artistic director) or the professorship in performing Arts (dramaturgy).
  • A short paper (3 pages) outlining a 4-year teaching and research plan in which you explain how you will contribute to the development of the Master’s program in Performing Arts.
  • CV, including a list of the artistic and/or theoretical as well as teaching merits relevant to the position.
  • Relevant diplomas.


Further details about the application process and the position can be obtained from our executive assistant, Lars Rosendahl (

Apply by clicking apply for the position below or via the link on the Vacancies page, and upload your application and relevant attachments no later than 14th of October 2018

Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Job interviews for the professorship in Performing Arts (Dramaturgy) will be held on 13th November 2018.

Job interviews for the professorship in Performing Arts (Artistic Director) will be held on 15th November 2018.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts regards diversity as a strength and encourages all qualified applicants - regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnicity - to apply.


The Danish National School of Performing Arts is an institution of artistic further education under the Ministry of Culture, with campuses in Aarhus, Fredericia, Odense, Copenhagen and Odsherred.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts offers education in all aspects of the performing arts and has approximately 212 full-time students who work in an interdisciplinary learning environment, where it is possible to immerse yourself in your own subject and to participate in interdisciplinary projects, productions and performances of various formats.

In addition, The Danish National School of Performing Arts provides further and continuing education targeted at the professional performing arts industry.

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