Technical Director

Southeast Missouri State University
Job Description
Technical Director
The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance
Full-time, 10-month professional staff position
Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide technical direction and participate in the operations of the scene shop including organization, planning, engineering, purchasing, construction, rigging, preparation of construction documents, and similar tasks necessary to mount all annual conservatory productions
  • Supervise, instruct, and oversee safety of all student assistants, student workers, and volunteers for Scenic Construction & Stage Electrics in day-to-day construction, installation, running, and strike of all conservatory productions
  • Attend and supervise all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances, and strikes of annual conservatory productions
  • Create and maintain daily operation schedules and production calendars for all department productions
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and systems
  • Possibility of designing 1-2 productions annually in area of emphasis
Required Qualifications
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in technical theatre or design. (Degree must be from regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university.)
  • Demonstrated success as a technical director
  • Proven record of professional work in the industry
  • Proven record of ability to instruct students on scenic/electrics procedures/techniques
  • Demonstrated experience with theatrical lighting, sound, and/or projection systems
  • Demonstrated excellent woodworking as they pertain to theatrical construction
  • Demonstrated welding skills as they pertain to theatrical construction
  • Demonstrated experience with and extensive knowledge of stage rigging
  • Demonstrated experience in accurately interpreting designer & technical drawings for theatre
  • Extensive proven experience with CAD for producing technical & construction drawings for theatre
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a safe working environment
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to production budgets, deadlines and protocols
  • Evidence of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the University community
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multi-cultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities 
Application Deadline:  To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by November 9, 2018. This position will begin on January 7, 2019, and applications will remain open until filled.
To Apply:  Submit the following items online at
  • Letter of interest addressing all position qualifications
  • Current resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references may be asked for at a later date
  • Link to Online Portfolio
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