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Lecturer I/Assistant Professor Theatre Technical Director

Texas Woman's University
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jun 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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This Lecturer/Technical Director or Assistant Professor position is responsible for directing all technical activities for the theatre program stage productions. Duties include the construction of sets, installation of light plots, supervision of sound designs, procurement of materials, maintenance of equipment, supervision of all production sessions and performances, enforcement of safety procedures, and attendance at technical rehearsals. Responsibilities also involve teaching both the undergraduate and, possibly, the graduate level. The courses include but are not limited to: Understanding the Arts Drama, Stagecraft, Drafting, Sound Design, Lighting Design, and Stage Management. There is also the possibility of teaching special topics courses based upon departmental needs and the candidate¿s qualifications. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to service and committee work to the department and university, recruiting, advising, mentorship, developing and maintaining professional affiliations and activities on a regional, national and international level, supervising student creative/production activities, and carrying out outcomes-based assessments. Candidates should hold a terminal degree in a technical theatre area with an MFA in Technical Direction in Theatre being preferred. Candidates should have previous experience in higher education and in teaching at the college or university level.


May include, but not limited to the following: · Directs and coordinates all technical activities for department productions. · Supervises all productions sessions and performances · Teaches at least one course per semester in technical theatre · Supervises and runs course-based practicums. · Work closely with students as mentor and advisor. · Performs/supervises maintenance on all theatre equipment. · Conducts procurement of materials and supplies. · Enforces and models proper theatre and shop safety procedures. · Develops and implements policies with the program director for the use and maintenance of the performance facility and related equipment. · Builds sets for all program productions. · Installs lighting and sound technology for all program productions.


Assists with program recruiting · Performs other duties as requested. · Possible design opportunities.


The following are essential: · Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate a complex operation, using human resources, time, funds, and other resources for the accomplishment of long-term and short-term goals of the institution. · Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the public. · Ability to provide administrative guidance within the area of responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as needed. · Ability to apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques within financial constraints. · Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities. · Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes. · Ability to communicate effectively -orally, by phone, in person, and in writing. · Ability to use a personal computer and other office equipment including university software, email, and recent theatre technology software.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, talk or hear. The employee must have the ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 45 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include the ability to distinguish the nature and color of objects by using the eye.


Employees are responsible for performing their duties in an environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, coercion or harassment, including sexual harassment. Work is performed primarily indoors in a scene shop setting. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be required to travel.


Assists in the creation of a culture of safety and environmental protection by performing work safely in accordance with departmental safety procedures. Operates equipment safely and reports any unsafe work conditions or practices to the supervisor.


Terminal degree required (MFA in technical direction preferred).


Previous experience in higher education as a technical director and in teaching at the college level in the related field.


Regular and reliable attendance at the University during regular scheduled days and work hours is an essential function of this position.


Please submit a cover letter, CV, a one-page statement describing your approach to creating an inclusive production/classroom environment and names and contact information for three references. Submit to Include the job code IRC 36321 and name in the subject line. Application review will begin on June 25, 2021 and will continue until filled.


TWU strives to provide an educational environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the differences among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate.

TWU is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran's status, genetic information, or against qualified disabled persons. 

Individuals may qualify for a Veteran’s Employment Preference or a Former Foster Youth Employment Preference at Texas Woman’s University over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification. If you believe you may qualify, click here for more information and instructions on how to claim an employment preference for this position:


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