Instructor of Theatre Technology and Design

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 11, 2021

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

The Warren M. Angell School of Visual and Performing Arts of Oklahoma Baptist University invites applicants for the position of Instructor of Theatre Technology and Design. The successful candidate will enhance the work of the School of Visual and Performing Arts by expert teaching, management of the technical elements of the theatre production program, supervision and mentorship of students in production and design areas, and resourceful and innovative collaboration with faculty and staff.

Candidates are welcome to submit a portfolio of design and tech work. If a portfolio is submitted, please indicate submission/access method in cover letter.

Questions about the role may be submitted to the Chair, Division of Communication Arts, Benjamin Baxter at Questions about theatre curriculum or production may be submitted to the Director of Theatre, Dr. Hephzibah Dutt at

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit application materials below to

  • A cover letter
  • An OBU Faculty application form: 
  • Summary of the development of your personal, Christian faith and commitment. Answer the question, "in what ways does your faith affect your personal and professional lives?"
  • Description of your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Curriculum vita
  • Three current letters of recommendation\
  • Graduate transcripts

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in the undergraduate theatre curriculum specifically pertaining to theatre technology, production, stagecraft, and design as listed in the Academic Catalog such as Foundations of Theatre, Scenic Design, Make-Up Design, Introduction to Design, Stagecraft, Stage Management, etc.
  • Serve as Production Manager and Technical Director for the OBU Theatre season
  • Serve as Shop Supervisor of all shop spaces, supervising maintenance of shop spaces, and building and hanging OBU Theatre productions during shop hours (typically Monday – Friday)
  • Provide one complete design for each of the mainstage shows within the academic year’s theatre season, including a scenic, lighting, or costume design (2-3 main stage shows annually
  • Serve as Design Mentor to undergraduate students as assigned
  • Train and supervise student workers, particularly in the scenic and lighting areas
  • Collaborate with the Director of Theatre and students to produce high quality theatre productions (2-3 main stage shows annually, 1-2 studio/student led works as needed)
  • Participate in recruitment activities of the School of Visual and Performing Arts; collaborate with the Director of Theatre in all recruitment and retention activities specific to the theatre program

Other Duties

  • Enhance and promote the creative output of students pursuing a degree in Theatre
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, and activate professional networks to provide students with guided, real-world opportunities
  • Recognize current trends in theatre technology and design that inform classroom instruction, production processes, curriculum development, equipment procurement, and the vocational objectives of students
  • Teach additional undergraduate courses, such as Theatre History, as needed
  • Activate skills and expertise in service to the School of Visual and Performing Arts as needed
  • Serve as academic advisor to students as assigned
  • Supervise and travel with students on student development activities, e.g., KCACTF


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven teaching skills at the undergraduate level in both classroom and laboratory environments
  • Provide on-going scholarly and creative output
  • Proficient skills with current production hardware and software as appropriate to Theatre Design and Technology
  • Engage as a team player to enhance collaborative work, advance recruitment, and facilitate retention
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight, for recruitment purposes and to attend professional conferences
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to move lumber, building materials, lighting instruments, and similar equipment
  • Proven competence with standard power tools and scenic rigging
  • Proficient with drafting software such as Vectorworks or AutoCAD and other software pertinent to specific design area
  • Proficient with sound experience electronics, e.g., Data Fixtures, DMX, XLRs


  • Preferred: MFA in Theatre Design/Technical Direction or a related field
  • Required: Completed BFA in Theatre Technology/Scenography/Design or a related area, plus professional experience (see below)


  • Preferred: Successful teaching at the undergraduate level and 2-5 years of professional theatre experience
  • Required: 2-5years of technical direction or related experience in three of the areas listed below:
    • Production management
    • Scene shop supervision
    • Scenic engineering and construction
    • Rigging/fly systems
    • Costume patterning and construction
    • Electrics (DMX)
    • Sound design and engineering
    • Lighting/projection design
    • Stage management


  • Active membership of a local evangelical church and commitment to the essentials of the Christian faith
  • Willing to commit to the vision and mission of Oklahoma Baptist University

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