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University of California, Berkeley
Costume Design Lecturer

A word from Jamila Cobham, Production Manager, and Jean-Paul Gressieux, Department Manager

Costume Design Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

POSITION: Costume Design Lecturer

REPORTS TO: Department Chair

JOB TYPE: Percent time: 67%-100%

START DATE: July 1st, 2023

SALARY RANGE: $64,329–$91,718


  • Choice of medical plans

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  • Vision plan

  • Supplemental health plans (accident, critical illness and/or hospital indemnity)

  • Legal plan

  • Disability, life & accident insurance

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    • Tax Savings on Insurance Premiums (TIP)

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Position Summary

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Lecturer faculty position in the area for Costume Design for Performance.


Essential Duties

  • ​The Department seeks candidates who are interested in designing at least one production per semester in addition to their teaching duties.

  • It is expected that all courses will be conducted in person, and that instructors will be present in the classroom.

  • Courses include:

    • Costume Design for Performance - This studio class explores some fundamental approaches and techniques for designing costume.

    • Performance Design - will be approached as a product of all the performative tools and contexts – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus for this class on the scenographic role of the performer. Through personal expression and collaborative investigation students will be given some basic tools allowing them to conceptualize, communicate and realize costumes. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies. The final evaluation will include a presentation in lieu of an exam.

  • In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and/or bCourses.

  • Some courses may require supervision of discussion sections taught by graduate students.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Basic qualifications (required at time of application):

    • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent international degree) or equivalent professional experience.

  • Additional qualifications (required at time of start):

    • Minimum of 2 years of teaching at College/University or Secondary School level.

  • Preferred qualifications

    • MFA, or equivalent international degree, or extensive professional experience.

    • 3-5 years' experience at College/University level.

Application Requirements

  • Document requirements:

    • Curriculum Vitae

    • Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Cover Letter

    • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

    • Website/Portfolio - Include examples of your design work via website referral, online portfolio, or video link submission.


  • Reference requirements:

    • 2-4 required (contact information only)


About The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

at the University of California, Berkeley


Located within the College of Letters and Science, the faculty, staff, and students in TDPS — and in the allied Graduate Group in Performance Studies — pursue a wide spectrum of research and production activities. We see performance as an interdisciplinary form, exploring verbal, visual, spatial, and embodied registers of experience. We see performance as a transnational cultural form, exploring the politics and poetics of social life in all parts of the world. We see performance as a public forum for contemporary ideas, allowing us to test and debate the central concerns of our time in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collective.


Our faculty and staff are nationally and internationally known, both for their scholarly research and their artistic work in design, directing, choreography, acting, and experimental performance. Our curriculum ranges from the classics to the contemporary; it cuts across theatrical, dance, and visual art forms; it spans all corners of the globe, using the site of performance to deepen UC Berkeley’s critical education in the humanities.


Undergraduate majors and minors are well prepared for the future, both as artists and as engaged citizens of the world. Through the course of their studies, students pursue intensive work in acting, technical theater/design, or dance. At the same time, they take critical and cultural studies courses that set the literary, historical, political, theoretical, and aesthetic concerns of performance in dialogue with other disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This flexibility and integration of our programs in Theater and Performance Studies and in Dance and Performance Studies make our students excellent candidates for a variety of professions in the social, corporate, legal, and arts sectors, as well for admission to graduate programs in the arts and to professional schools.


Our professors teach at all levels, and students have an ample opportunity to study with important scholars and practitioners in theater, dance, and performance studies. Our Playhouse Productions and Workshop Performances breathe life into an annual season of classic, modern, and original works, along with our annual concert of new dance works, Berkeley Dance Project. Auditions are open to all students, staff, and faculty on campus, and students receive course credit for successfully completing a production. Most entry-level performance courses (acting, directing, dance technique, playwriting, choreography, and technical design) are open to all Berkeley students. Declared majors and minors can deepen their study with challenging courses and performance projects. Advanced students can also receive course credit for internships and apprenticeships and can propose Honors Projects (in both critical writing and performance) for their final year.


Our faculty, staff, and students welcome you to our diverse and energetic department. In the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, you will find small class sizes, inspiring faculty, engaged staff, talented student colleagues, and multiple opportunities to pursue your artistic creativity and intellectual adventures in ways that are both challenging and fulfilling.




The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming. Successful candidates for our design faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies acknowledges that colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, are primarily white-led/founded institutions that have long benefited from deep-rooted systems of white supremacy and settler colonialism. We acknowledge this entrenched order to have influenced our curriculum, teaching, casting practices, and performances. We are committed to dismantling these systems and their violence (both silent and overt) within our department, and within the campus community.


As a community of researchers, artists, and educators, we have come together to articulate a vision and to enact change in service of our values on equity and inclusion. We are dedicated to the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, allyship, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and a sense of belonging for BIPOC members of our community. These values insist and depend upon a climate of safety and trust for all. We reject all forms of oppression, including white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, classism, and misogyny.


We recognize that we must confront our own shortcomings and biases on this journey to racial equity and the inclusion of under-represented communities. We accept that this is a sustained effort and we are engaged in a long-term process of learning and growth. Our commitment is to be in continual dialogue with our community and to evolve and change together.



Covid Safety Policy


As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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