Assistant Technical Director - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (A1600548)

Champaign, IL
Apr 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Technical Director

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

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The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an organized, pro-active individual to serve as the Assistant Technical Director. This is a full-time, 10 Month, benefits-eligible academic professional position who works with the Technical Director and other professional staff in overseeing the theatre operations by managing technical design, fabrication and installation of approximately 12 Department of Theatre, Department of Dance, and School of Music Opera productions annually within the vibrant five-venue performing arts facility that is Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The expected start date for this position is August 7, 2017.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Technical Director as necessary in coordinating theatre and scene shop operations, managing the scene shop staff, hiring extra help, organizing the maintenance of theatre stock/facilities and similar duties as assigned.
  • Coordinate space and equipment needs; oversee theatre and rigging maintenance, including performing annual rigging inspections.
  • Assist Technical Director in ensuring efficient and safe theatre operations.

  • Serve as primary supervisor coordinating installation and strike of theatrical productions, and working with the Events Technical Director, oversee day-to-day theatre needs and operations.

  • Oversee graduate and undergraduate student teams as assigned to Resident Producer productions such as Theatre, Opera, Dance, Musical Theatre, Devised Work in successful completion of the technical design process, which includes consultation, engineering, costing, building, installation, performance, and strike
  • Supervise graduate assistants working in the scene shop or as assigned to Resident Producer productions such as Dance TD, Opera TD, Armory TD.
  • Ensure successful completion of assigned show-build projects through mentorship and advising of student and professional staff.
  • May serve as technical director for one or more productions.
  • Participate in load-ins and strikes.

  • Teach up to six classroom hours per semester in advanced scenic technology coursework as a member of the Scenic Technology faculty
  • Along with the other Scenic Technology faculty, serve as an advisor for the BFA and MFA Scenic Technology programs.
  • May serve as guest instructor, oversee independent studies, and oversee thesis projects as time permits.
  • Participate in other duties related to the educational mission of the Theatre Department and Krannert Center as available, including attending faculty meetings and serving on committees.
  • Create courses and participate in curriculum development.
  • Participate in recruiting and retention activities

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Required: Bachelor's degree in theatre technology (Technical Direction, Scenic Technology, etc.) or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree in theatre technology (Technical Direction, Scenic Technology, etc.) or related field.


Required: 2-5 years of leadership or supervisory skills in the context of a scene shop and performing arts center.

Preferred: 3-5 years of experience with Automation/Motion Control, Rigging, and Fluid Power.

Training, Licenses or Certifications

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: General computer literacy; the ability to communicate with and effectively organize the work of students; ability to work at heights; ability to use AutoCAD to create 2D and 3D technical theatre drawings; knowledge of basic and advanced scenery construction techniques and safe rigging practices.

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references by May 24, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before this close date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information about application procedures, please contact Adriane Donley at Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Organization Name: KCPA-Operations
College Name or Administrative Unit: Fine and Applied Arts
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 11/01/2016
Close Date: 05/24/2017


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