Technical Director - Theatre and Dance

Southeast Missouri State University
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Technical Director (Professional Staff)

The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance

Full-time, 10-month



The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a full-time, 10-month renewable, Technical Director position, beginning as soon as possible. The candidate will join an energetic 25+ person theatre and dance faculty and staff, with a load equivalent to 40 hours per week in the areas of technical direction, stagecraft, scene painting, technical drawing, properties construction, electrics, and other related areas of production. The candidate will serve as the conservatory’s technical director for 5-6 mainstage productions each academic year, and mentor students on second stage and workshop productions, with the possibility of teaching each fall and spring semester.


The only university in the state of Missouri with the official mission in the performing arts, Southeast Missouri State University is also a founding member of the Yamaha Schools of Excellence. Dobbins Conservatory has 250+ majors and is ranked as the #1 undergraduate theatre program in the state and in the Top 30 musical theatre programs in the nation. The program operates in the outstanding River Campus facilities as part of the Holland College of Arts and Media. The university is accredited by both NAST and NASD and is home of the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival.


Primary Responsibilities

Each year, starting July 15th and continuing through May 15th:

  • Provide technical direction and participate in the operations of the scene shop including organization, planning, preparation of construction documents, engineering, purchasing, and similar tasks necessary for pre-production of all conservatory productions;
  • Create and maintain daily/weekly/monthly operation schedules and production calendars for all conservatory productions;
  • Assign and monitor student crew assignments, as required in Rehearsal & Production classes;
  • Actively participate in scenic and property construction, rigging, electrics, and painting in day-to-day for pre-production/construction phase of all conservatory production, whether students are present or not, while overseeing quality control and safety;
  • Supervise, instruct, and mentor all student assistants, student workers, and volunteers for scenic and property construction, electrics, and painting in pre-production/construction phase of all conservatory productions;
  • Oversee safety in all areas of the scenic, properties, electrics, and sound shops;
  • Attend and supervise all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances, and strikes of annual conservatory productions;
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and systems, as well as inventory;
  • Possibility of teaching 1-3 courses annually in area of emphasis.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, design, or related area. Master of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre, design, or related area, is a plus. (Degree must be from regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university.)
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ work experience as a professional technical director in a professional and/or higher educational setting;
  • Demonstrated record of success working with and instructing apprentices, interns, or students of all levels;
  • Demonstrated experience in stage electrics;
  • Demonstrated woodworking skills as they pertain to theatrical construction;
  • Demonstrated metal working skills as they pertain to theatrical construction;
  • Demonstrated experience with stage rigging;
  • Demonstrated experience with scene painting;
  • Demonstrated experience in accurately interpreting designer & technical drawings for theatre;
  • Extensive proven experience with CAD for producing technical and construction drawings for theatre
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a safe working environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and adhere to production budgets and deadlines, without compromising designs;
  • Demonstrated willingness to work on the floor alongside professional staff—scene shop supervisor—whether students are present or not;
  • Evidence of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the University community;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities;


Compensation:  Commensurate with education and experience.


Application Deadline To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2021. This position will begin as soon as possible, and applications will remain open until filled.


To apply, submit the following items online by clicking on the position you wish to apply for at the below link, then click on the APPLY button at the top of the page   


Required Information: 

  • Letter of interest addressing all position qualifications
  • Current CV
  • Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)
  • Names and contact information of three professional references
  • Link to online personal or other websites demonstrating quality work as a technical director



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