Screen Acting Lecturer (Full-time) (Centurion)

Open Window

Fully accredited private higher education offering Postgraduate Degrees, Degrees and Certificates.


School of Film Arts
Position:  Screen Acting lecturer (full-time permanent position, on an adjusted 60% contract)

About The Open Window

The Open Window (OW) is an accredited private higher education institution recognised for setting innovative standards in the field of visual arts and digital sciences. Founded in 1994, OW has a focus on providing a unique tertiary platform where practice-led tuition links traditional fine art practice with the applied arts. Emphasis is placed on continual innovation within curricula so as to maintain relevance in the rapidly evolving creative arts industries. Many Open Window lecturers, in addition to their academic roles, are actively engaged in creative practice – and we encourage our lecturers to maintain their links to industry. Our investment in highly qualified and industry relevant staff is deemed critical in directing our students in work-integrated learning projects of value. 

Open Window is known for:

  • Bachelor of Creative Technologies
  • Bachelor of Film Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Communication
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

*Please note that the lecturer appointed to this position may be required to lecture in related subjects within the School of Film Arts.

About Screen Acting at The Open Window

Screen Acting at The Open Window is founded on the American Method and our focus is on naturalistic acting for screen. Students are consistently trained in voice and movement that is also beneficial on stage but within the context of the course it is to support them technically to be diverse and compelling screen actors. We make use of the methods of Uta Hagen, Meisner, Strassberg and Le Coq. We believe in exposing students to a variety of methods and then in guiding them individually to find what works best for them. The student process is then refined and implemented through the creation of filmed content throughout the course.

Role Description:

We are interested in appointing a candidate that seeks meaningful connection through the facilitation of learning and student mentorship. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic group of academics and professionals in The Open Window’s School of Film Arts.
On a broad level the candidate will be responsible for teaching the subject Screen Acting and its various components to undergraduate students across three year levels. This role entails the following:

  • Facilitation of learning: Lecture at an undergraduate level in the subject Screen Acting, which includes a variety of topics including voicework and accents, basic movement and improvisation; the study of various masters of naturalistic acting (Strassburg, Adler and Meisner amongst others); and a number of principles and techniques related to acting for the camera.
  • Curriculum development: Maintain and develop existing course content
  • Course content and documentation: Create and provide course related notes, briefs and other documents. Lecturers in Screen Acting are also responsible for the creation of moving image work with students which may include sourcing or writing scripts, planning shoots and filming, sometimes on location.
  • Student support: Mentor students and provide ongoing support through contact sessions and rehearsals, technique classes, etc. 
  • Assessment: Conduct formative and summative assessments and record and finalise student achievements within the subject
  • Event participation: Attend and participate in Open Window related events and initiatives such as open days and graduation ceremonies. Attend and participate in Screen Acting and Film Arts initiatives where possible (film festivals, theatre events, film shoots, etc.)
  • Ideation and discussion: Participation in strategic initiatives related to teaching, creative production, research and social engagement within the Open window environment
  • Subject administration: Setup, send, record, file and backup subject-related documentation and processes
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with other lecturers and subjects in order to facilitate growth and development
  • Subject specialist: In-depth knowledge of current trends in industry, an appreciation for film and performance as art,  a progressive attitude in the field of Screen Acting, an  in-depth understanding and appreciation for the craft of acting, and a commitment to incorporate this into the development and advancement of the curriculum in Screen Acting and related Film Arts subjects. Mentor and coach individual students in their growth as actors, as a subject specialist.

Role related knowledge / experience requirements:

  • Working knowledge of filmmaking equipment and editing programs (basic understanding of Adobe Premiere Pro)
  • Experience acting on both stage and screen.
  • Experience in directing on stage or screen (ideally both).
  • Display strong conceptual considerations and practical experience in performance and filmmaking/theatre-making.
  • Some knowledge and appreciation for theories of naturalistic acting and an ability to apply these theories in a class setting (or an eagerness to learn).
  • An ability to create and conduct appropriate and challenging acting exercises and an ability to adapt easily.


  • Good interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivation and regulation
  • Strong visual intelligence and aesthetic sensibility
  • Enthusiasm towards the subject(s) and field(s)
  • Display a good grasp of the industry (locally and internationally) as well as the discourse related to the field
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Capable of working in a team (very important)
  • Emotional maturity and soft skills for interpersonal development of both colleagues and students
  • Problem solving and problem framing skills / ideation and conceptual abilities
  • Be able to cope under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Be dynamic, adaptable, and a creative thinker with administrative skills
  • A good grasp of the industry, with clear links to networks. 


  • Minimum qualification: NQF Level 8 (honours degree or equivalent) – in the field of  Drama, Screen Acting, Contemporary Performance or similar.
  • A portfolio featuring examples of acting or directing work done by the candidate.  

Added advantages:

  • Candidates with MA’s will be given preference.
  • An ability to supervise at Honours level or lecture on related practical subjects within the department (Production Design, Sound Design, Screenwriting, Film and Television)
  • An added advantage would be industry experience in the fields mentioned above and/or teaching experience at a tertiary institution. 

Information on the 60% adjusted contract:

The position advertised will be a permanent position, however it is not a 100% full-time position, meaning that the hours per week are adjusted to be around 60% of a full-time position (3 days of a 5 day week) and the annual salary is adjusted accordingly. 


Approximately R195 000 – R230 000 on the 60% ratio contract (Negotiable, based on qualifications and experience).
No additional benefits are on offer, other than a Retirement Annuity of which Open Window contributes towards.

The annual remuneration package is negotiable, and will be commensurate with the incumbent’s overall experience and qualification level, as communicated through the application in relation to Open Window’s policies and procedures. The advertised package is adjusted according to a 60% ratio, and therefore considers a salary package for around 3 days per week. 

 Application Process:

To apply please send your CV, portfolio and a motivational cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to:

Amy Maphagela 

Closing date for applications is Thursday 23 May 2024. 

Please note

  • In support of the company’s Employment Equity plan, applicants from designated groups are encouraged to apply. 
  • No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements. 
  • Should you not receive a response within two months after the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. 
  • The Open Window reserves the right to retract the position advertised without notice. 
  • As your application is likely to contain personal information, the documents will be handled according to OW POPIA policies, and the information will be shared with HR, interview panels, and the Academic Executive.


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