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Technical Director

University of Dayton
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 14, 2022
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Position Summary:

Are you committed to educating the next generation of change agents in the technical theatre world? Are you interested in bringing ethical, sustainable, and equitable practices to experiential learning in technical theatre? Are you committed to growing participation of women, gender non-conforming people, and under-represented minorities in the technical theatre field? Are you seeking to engage in creative scholarship that makes a difference in the world? Check out the University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program to see if we are a good fit for your aspirations: and

The Technical Director is a 12 month full-time staff position in the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program, that will be responsible for overseeing operations and maintenance of the Experimental Theatre and Concert Hall (in coordination with concert hall manager) of the new Roger Glass Center for the Arts, the Black Box Theatre in Fitz Hall, and the Scene Shop in Kennedy Union. The Technical Director will support the production season of the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program (four mainstage shows each year and select events for theatre, dance, and music programming), in addition to other programming requiring TD support in the Glass Center over the summer months. The Technical Director provides cost analysis, construction drawings, and schedules for each production in cooperation with the creative team, and attends production meetings, tech/dress rehearsals of shows, as well as a majority of performances.

This position's start date coincides with the opening of the new Glass Center for the Arts, an exciting new building that will house our new Experimental Theatre. The Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program at the University of Dayton provides a BA degree grounded in the liberal arts. Our program provides four theoretical and practical concentrations: acting, performance technology, dance, and applied theatre - all informed by a Marianist tradition of community engagement and social justice. We adhere to production guidelines that ensure educational spaces for students, faculty, and staff to thrive, including theatrical intimacy direction, and a work/life balance approach that promotes equity.

Dayton is an affordable, vibrant, and reenergized city, with numerous arts organizations and venues, located in close proximity to Cincinnati and Columbus, and a short drive to Indianapolis and Cleveland. This is a full-time benefit eligible position that offers health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, tuition assistance, vacation/sick accrual and holiday pay. Dayton was named as #5 in the nation on Business Facilities’ 2021 Metro Rankings report and offers the lowest housing costs among Ohio’s other largest metros and UD was named best place to work in the 2022 Best of Dayton list.With a burgeoning downtown area boasting the Schuster Center with regular Broadway tours and home to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, 20 expansive metroparks, a bike (and now scooter!) share program, and several historic neighborhoods, and all four (mild) seasons, this is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic.

Minimum Qualifications:

MFA in Theatre Technology or related field conferred by July 1 2023, OR Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a minimum of 5 years experience as a technical director for a reputable professional company or academic theatre program
A minimum 3 years experience working in a scene shop in an academic or professional setting
A minimum of 3 years experience working as a technical director or assistant technical director in theatre
Proficiency with standard shop equipment and strong carpentry, painting, and theatrical effects skills
Ability to create and interpret technical drawings needed for scenic elements
Experience with theatrical rigging techniques and electrics hang
Experience with Vectorworks or AutoCAD
Excellent communication skills with ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
Articulated ability to support the University of Dayton’s commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to work flexible hours for scheduled load ins/outs, rehearsals, and performances
Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism and flexibility in a team environment, as well as problem-solving and collaboration skills
Ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of performance
Articulated commitment to preserving quality of work while staying on budget
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
Ability to create a positive learning atmosphere for students
Valid driver's license with low risk driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

Master of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from an accredited program
Evidence of engagement in activity designed to remove barriers and to increase participation by groups historically underrepresented in this field
Experience supervising college students
Experience with technical theatre software
Experience with automation and projection for the stage
Ability to assist with design support
Ability to conduct eco-theatre practices that promote an environmentally sustainable green theatre culture in our approach to the production season

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, a current curriculum vitae or resume, a document with a link(s) to samples of your work, and a list of three references.
In addition, please submit a one-page statement of support of UD’s commitment to inclusive excellence and to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and briefly describe how these principles inform your work.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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