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Assistant Technical Director

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Categories: Staff
Department: Theatre

Davidson College is seeking an Assistant Technical Director to serve as scenic shop foreperson for all departmental productions Manage the use and technical needs of the Barber Theatre for the Department of Theatre and outside groups. Manage student employees in running the costume shop. Provide technical support for Departmental classes and presentations. Provide technical support for up to one annual production of the Department of Dance. Serve as scenic, lighting, and/or projection designer for up to 3 Department of Theatre productions, as assigned.


Under the supervision of the Technical Director, oversee construction, rigging, welding, and load-in of scenery, props, lighting, and audio equipment for all Department of Theatre productions. Assist the Technical Director in teaching/training a full cast and crew the processes of production planning and preparation, technical rehearsals, designer/director collaboration, and the technical execution of performances for an average of 6 productions annually. Assist the Technical Director in supervising and training technical crews for all Department of Theatre productions from a pool of theatre majors and minors, students enrolled in theatre classes, work-study students, and student volunteers (Approx 60-75 students per semester). Assist the Technical Director in supervising students in completion of Theatre course lab assignments. Support the pedagogical goals of the Department and college through the mentorship of students. Teach and monitor safe working procedures. Seek out and receive regular training in safety procedures related to shop activities. Additional production duties as assigned by the Technical Director, based on skills. Additional duties in the summer in support of Departmental activities, as assigned by the Chair.

Provide technical guidance and/or support for classroom presentations and projects, both public and in-house, for classes within the Department of Theatre, including, but not limited to: design and technical direction for public presentations in Theatre 221 (Devised Theatre); design and technical direction for public presentations in Theatre 362 (Theatre for Social Justice) and Theatre 383 (Contemporary Theatre and Performance); and technical and facilities support for scene presentations in Theatre 355 (Directing I). Serve as the point person for props and costume requests for students enrolled in the Department of Theatre courses. Assist the Technical Director in providing technical and design support for the One Acts, the culmination of student work in Theatre 435/436 (Advanced Design) and Theatre 455 (Directing II). Provide technical and/or design support for up to one production annually for the Department of Dance.

Oversee the use and day-to-day maintenance of the Barber Theatre and associated equipment in the Cunningham Theatre Center (including lighting and sound systems in Room 100 and the Design Studio) for internal and external users. Coordinate and execute technical needs and requirements of external (out of department) users of the Barber Theatre. Arrange for staffing of non-Theatre Department events in The Barber Theatre. Oversee costume inventory and rental/borrowing of the same, and supervise the student workers assigned to the costume shop.

In conjunction with the Technical Director, serve as sound designer/engineer for any Department of Theatre productions where no other provision has been made for sound design/engineering. For up to 3 Department of Theatre productions annually, design one of the following: scenery, lighting, or projections.


Bachelor's degree in theatre or related field; requirement may be waived for candidates with at least two years of college education combined with significant technical direction or shop experience.  Valid driver’s license, ability to drive up to 24 foot box type truck
Communication and collaboration skills and ability to work with and train students in a liberal arts environment essential.
Ability to foster and maintain a balance of logistics, artistic integrity, and safety in executing all Department of Theatre productions.

Scenic carpentry, working knowledge of CAD (preferably Vectorworks) and Q-Lab, experience working with electricity, current theatrical lighting technology, audio and video equipment, digital audio editing skills. Preferred knowledge/experience: welding, metalworking, theatrical rigging, scenic automation, properties construction, scenic painting, and/or projection mapping.

Prefer a Master's degree as well as CPR/First Aid training.


To apply, please go to https://employment.davidson.edu and submit an application along with a detailed cover letter including your interest in the position, a CV, and names and contact information for three current references.  Applications received by April 1, 2020, will receive full consideration; the anticipated start date of the position is July 2020.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.


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