Technical Director & Scene Shop Foreman

Georgia College
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 30, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Technical Director & Scene Shop Foreman

Thank you for your interest in employment at our university. Georgia College is an integral part of our local and neighboring communities and we are seeking candidates who share that commitment and want to support our mission. Our university team is comprised of faculty and staff professionals who are dedicated to continuing to move Georgia College forward as a nationally preeminent public liberal arts university. Georgia College is located in Milledgeville, a charming town less than a two-hour drive from Atlanta. As you take the time to learn more about our university, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We invite you to review the current employment opportunities that are available at Georgia College.

In keeping with the University's mission, we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks to provide the best possible education in theatre and dance for our students, preparing them for careers in the professional and educational arenas both in and out of the performing arts. We cultivate imagination, passion, discipline and collaboration in the creation of art and artists. We emphasize interdisciplinary connections and a global perspective as essential components of a liberal arts education.

Our department serves approximately 60 Theatre Majors, 30 Theatre Minors, and 50 Dance Minors with faculty and staff in performance, theatre as social change, technical and design fields, including a scenic design faculty, a light design faculty member, and a costume design faculty member. Our collegial faculty and staff typically also work in professional theatre. Our department received "Department/Program of Excellence Award" from the University and excels in undergraduate research and community outreach. Winner of several NEA grants, our department supports a diverse group of guest artists in theatre and dance.

Facilities include a 940 seat proscenium theatre and an intimate black box theatre, both with state of the art sound/light boards. Additional spaces around campus house smaller productions. We produce 3 mainstage shows plus a touring children's show and a variety of smaller readings and performances. Our dance program features an annual community "Nutcracker" production, a Spring Dance Concert, and a Community Dance Concert, along with "Bountiful," a student-led dance production. We host classes for young people through teens. In the past, we have hosted the ACDA Dance Regional Festival.

Encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university's four colleges. Approximately 185 full-time faculty in twelve departments teach approximately 3,000 students with arts and science majors. Most of the core curriculum and many service courses to the other colleges are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty.

As Georgia's public liberal arts university, Georgia College offers undergraduate programs of study to talented and motivated students in a residential college setting.

Georgia College also provides, at multiple locations, graduate and professional studies that support the needs of the region and create pathways to individual success and personal fulfillment. Its academically engaging, student-centered programs often take learning beyond the traditional classroom and develop the intellectual, professional, and civic skills and dispositions that enable graduates to thrive in an information-intensive and diverse global society. Through its teaching, research, and service, Georgia College enriches the lives of students and their local and global communities.

The Technical Director of Theatre and Dance manages, supervises, and oversees all technical aspects of the Theatre and Dance Department, which has a Theatre Major and Minor and Minor in Dance. The Technical Director is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers as it relates to the budgeting, scheduling, construction, and realization of set, lighting, projection, and sound designs. The Technical Director provides instruction and training to the students on carpentry skills, and all technical areas. Additionally, the Technical Director supervises staff, work-study, and student crews; manages facility, equipment and inventory; and assists the Chair in budgeting, creating the tech schedule, and scheduling the season. The Technical Director manages the space of the Campus Black Box Theatre and Scene Shop, works with the Director of Production Services to oversee Theatre and Dance Department productions in Russell Auditorium, Max Noah Recital Hall, and Magnolia Ballroom. The Technical Director works with students, student directors and designers, and faculty in a professional manner, following all university procedures and policies.

The Technical Director has the following specific responsibilities.

  • Maintain a clear understanding of all aspects of production in order to facilitate scenic, lighting, projections, and sound needs, rehearsal, technical rehearsal, running and closing/strike of each production and special event.
  • Work with designers, directors, and production management to manage and maximize the artistic and educational impact of department resources. Assess construction needs, generate construction drawings and paperwork, create materials and labor estimates in time and cost and maintain inventory reports.
  • Train and supervise staff and students in the preparation, load-in, and maintenance of shows.
  • Organize and administer the implementation of the shop calendar, following through on design deadlines, scheduling and coordinating staff, and coordinating and supervising the construction of all scenic elements for each production.
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment in the scene shop and performance spaces; manage the shop and performance spaces; and provide training, equipment, record-keeping, and incident reporting.
  • Manage and participate, as necessary, in technical and dress rehearsals and previews, as well as strikes/load-outs to manage technical needs; assist designers, monitor and aid staff and students, and collaborate with all production personnel in attendance.
  • Attend staff, departmental, and production meetings with the responsibility for reading show reports, rehearsal reports and season calendars; follow up on applicable details/notes, and communicate information to supervisors and staff as appropriate.
  • Work with Physical Plant on maintenance and repair of equipment, safety management, and safety inspection of tools and equipment.
  • Maintain regular inspection with Physical Plant of hazardous materials, lamps, lighting instruments, dimmers, wiring, sound system, and mechanical work including rigging, winches, draperies and masking, and house systems.

The Technical Director will work in an environment of artistic and academic excellence at one of the nation's top public liberal arts universities. We seek an individual who is committed to theatre within the context of a strong liberal arts environment devoted to diversity, internationalism, community outreach, and the free exchange of ideas.

GC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution committed to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities. We promote equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, color, gender, marital status, genetic information, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It is expected that successful candidates share these commitments.

Required Qualifications
B.A. in Theatre or related area of expertise and 5 years of experience in an educational or professional theatre setting or related field of experience, OR Master's degree in Technical Theatre.

Required skills include:

  • Rigging
  • Wood and metal fabrication
  • Computer-aided drafting and design applications (Vectorworks and CAD).
  • Ability to estimate and manage technical budgets.
  • Proficiency in the use of PC software applications (Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe, Vectorworks, CAD, 3-D Printing, etc.).

Interest and ability to work with students and to maintain a cooperative work environment. Evening and/or weekend work will be required. Drivers License needed. Duties include 40 hours a week and some evenings and weekends, especially as being present with the students in production/performance during tech weekend is essential.

Background Check

  • Standard Enhanced + Education & DMV
  • Position of Trust + Credit
  • This position will be subject to pre-employment drug screening and follow-up random drug screenings may occur during the employment period.

Other Information

This is a supervisory position.

This position has financial responsibilities.

Yes, this position will be required to drive.

This role is considered a position of trust.

This position does require a purchasing card (P-Card).

This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

This position will be subject to pre-employment drug screening and follow-up random drug screenings may occur during the employment period.