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Assistant Technical Director - Lighting and Production

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 7, 2023
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
Wesleyan University is known for its global and experimental perspective on the arts and its innovative integration of the arts into the curriculum and the core of campus life. It seeks to serve as a cultural center for Middletown and the surrounding region, by working in tandem with faculty, students, community members, and artists to elevate the arts as a means of understanding the world. The university’s Arts Production department supports the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater and art and art history, student groups, and university departments, and Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts’ ( CFA ) which focuses on artistic process and the incubation of original creative work.
Reporting to the Technical Director/ CFA Theater Manager, Arts Production, this role primarily supports technical needs for lighting and stage/space preparation for different spaces across campus. It is a student-facing role that involves oversight of student production crews to ensure work is being done safely and correctly.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Hang, focus, and implement power/data distribution of theatrical lighting fixtures for a variety of performing arts productions in the CFA Theater, 92 Theater, and other venues as necessary

  • Perform routine maintenance of theatrical lighting inventory, including cleaning, parts replacement, and minor repair.

  • Program EOS Family Consoles during focus, technical rehearsals, notes sessions and performances

  • Lead, guide, and train student production crews in day-to-day theater operations, preparation for performances, and running performances

  • Arts Production lead technician for Dance Department performances in the ‘92 Theater

  • Implement transitions of theatrical spaces for a variety of performing arts configurations, including laying out marley, hanging soft goods, and load in/out of scenic pieces

  • Models safe production practices according to Art Production safety protocols, including proper use of PPE , and ensures others in space are doing the same

  • Monitor or run shows as needed, including serving as crew and board op when necessary

  • In collaboration with Arts Production team, occasionally assist with other production tasks as needed, including light carpentry and installation of audio/visual equipment

  • Attend Arts Production staff, CFA , and departmental production meetings

  • Support and consult on CFA /Arts Production/Arts Department events outside of CFA Theater as needed

  • Support other projects as assigned by the Technical Director/ CFA Theater Manager

This is a .75 FTE position that works approximately 37.5 hours per week for 39 weeks predominantly during the academic year and with occasional work weeks spread throughout summer Specific weeks and hours will vary based on production needs.
This is an on-campus position

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience (relevant student experience may be considered) with lighting in a technical performance environment or an equivalent combination of education, training, and related experience. Experience programming EOS Family Consoles. Experience with various types of equipment related to theatrical lighting fixtures, equipment, and systems. Ability to read and implement a theatrical light plot. Effective communication skills. Ability to work a flexible schedule and some weekends and evenings as needed, particularly during production weeks. Familiarity with Vectorworks, and/or Lightwright software. Demonstrated experience in working independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated commitment to working within a diverse environment and working collegially with individuals of different backgrounds. Ability to work at a height from a ladder and personnel lift to hang and focus lighting instruments, sound equipment, and scenery with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to lift 50 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications
At least three years of technical theater or technical production Experience working in a non-lighting technical field, such as audio, video, carpentry, or rigging Familiarity with various arts disciplines and site-specific work. Experience working with students and entry-level theatrical technicians Experience with sustainable theatrical production practices

Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please apply by June 30th when first review of applications will begin.
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningto the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at

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