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Technical Director - Theatre Department

Date Opened: 05-07-2013
Closing Date: when filled

The Theatre department in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University invites applications for a Technical Director.  This is a 10-month, full-time professional staff position with benefits.

This position will be responsible for executing the scenery and properties designs for all Theatre Department stage productions.  The Technical Director will collaborate with faculty in supervising the work of students enrolled in Theatre Production Laboratory courses, and serve as instructor of record for that course.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  Supervise paid students, enrolled students and professional staff in the scene shop; scenery construction and rigging; prepare and team-teach Stagecraft; devise and maintain shop schedules and production budgets; order materials and supplies; manage technical and dress rehearsals in collaboration with staff and faculty; maintain scene shop and equipment; generate cost estimates, build/paint schedules, and working drawings; teach course(s) in an area of specialty as requested; participate in departmental and production meetings and as schedules and work loads allow, assist other theatre technical staff with other aspects of production.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:  BA/BFA in technical theatre and experience as a theatrical technical director, stage carpenter and stage rigger; experience teaching theatrical carpentry, rigging, etc.; ability to organize and manage budgets and schedules with spreadsheet and scheduling software; strong skills in organizing and supervising students; knowledge of vendors, purchasing and inventory procedures; strong interpersonal and collaborative skills and have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community.  A MA/MFA in technical theatre, experience teaching theatrical carpentry, rigging, etc. in a college setting, 3 years experience as Technical Director and experience as a scene painter is preferred.

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to wellness facilities, and free parking.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.  Southwestern currently enrolls 1,250 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.  Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

Interested persons may submit letter of interest, resume, the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references, and salary history and expectation to: Technical Director, Job # 529, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX  78627-0770 or FAX:  512-863-1880 or e-mail to:

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered. Please no third-party submissions. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University‚Äôs Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer.  EOE/M/F

Posted May 07, 2013.