University Theatre Technical Director/Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer
Reads play scripts to understand technical production requirements; participates in production meetings; creates technical drawings, when necessary, for productions or assists student designers with technical drawings; oversees painting of stage scenery; reviews set plans and design sketches; oversees the construction of stage scenery and sets; provides training and guidance to theatre students in scene construction; performs skilled bench and on site carpentry work; uses tools, equipment, and materials of the carpentry trade, such as power saws, joiners, planes, and hand/pneumatic tools; builds and repairs storage for costumes, props, lighting equipment, tools, and other materials, as needed; builds and repairs audience seating modules, as necessary.
Typical Duties/Job Duties
Hangs, circuits and focuses lighting equipment; programs or oversees student designer programming of ETC lighting controls; sets up and tests sound equipment; uses and operates theatrical equipment such as sound systems, power winches, fly system and rigging; orders supplies and materials needed for projects from the Central Stores warehouse and supply companies; assists in the operation, scheduling, and maintenance of the University Theatre facilities; maintains shop, technical theatre equipment in University Theatre facilities.
Serves as scenic, sound, projections and/or lighting designer for select University Theatre productions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of theatrical lighting, sound, scenery, drops, draperies, projection equipment and related; knowledge of and evidence of scenic and lighting design experience; knowledge of the practices, methods, tools, equipment, and materials of the carpentry trade and scenery construction; knowledge of welding and design; knowledge of the quality and use of various woods; knowledge of basic building maintenance procedures and practices; ability to determine materials needed for carpentry and building maintenance projects; ability to provide instruction and direction to students or unskilled helpers; ability to work a varying work hours/times as needed to meet production schedules; skill in the use of hand tools, equipment, and materials used in the construction and design of: setting, lighting, sound, and projections. Knowledge of VectorWorks drafting software.
BA or BFA in Theatre or related experience.
Two years of theatre lighting, sound and scenery construction experience. Thirty semester hours of college course work in theatre or closely related studies may substitute for one year of required experience.
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