Instructor: Theatre Technical Director

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Faculty/Instruction
Functional Areas: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Department of Theatre and Dance
Requisition Number: 14022
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The department seeks a regular, academic-year faculty position for instructor, (1.0 FTE/full time) to begin August 19, 2019. Renewable, non-tenure track. This position is responsible for mounting departmental theatre productions during the academic year including providing oversight and budgeting of all scenic, lighting, sound, paint, properties and video elements; creating technical drawings; supervising construction; managing production purchases, load-in, and technical rehearsals, maintaining scene shop inventory and equipment; and maintaining department facilities. This position is also responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient operation of the Scene Shop and affiliated work spaces and performance venues. In addition, this position oversees a crew of student practicum volunteers and approximately 25 part-time paid student assistants. This position is also responsible for managing the scheduling, training, and supervision of student shop workers and production crews adhering to industry standards and teaching and modelling safety in all aspects. This position supervises and is supported by a full-time Assistant Technical Director, a part-time Master Electrician and a part-time audio technician.

The Technical Director also participates on department committees.

This position shall possess excellent engineering, drafting, scheduling, communication and organizational skills with proficiency in Computer-Aided Design software (Vectorworks and/or AutoCad), spreadsheets, metal working, carpentry and rigging, and knowledge of scenic painting. Familiarity with ETC consoles, moving and conventional light fixtures, digital and analogue sound mixing consoles, Qlab, Lightwright and video projection equipment is also desired.

Teaching includes four courses per academic year in technical theatre, providing education and training in, but not limited to, stage technologies, prop conceptualization and production, design, drafting, metal working, carpentry, rigging, and other related production areas. Teaching opportunities could broaden to encompass other technical areas per applicant qualifications and interests. This position also serves as an active member of the BFA Design/Technology and Management faculty, providing individual mentorship and career development for BA and BFA students. There is no contracted work during the Summer break, however the Technical Director is responsible for coordinating technical interaction with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival regarding shared resources.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

The Department of Theatre & Dance is a lively and active community of approximately 350 students (BA, BFA, MA and PhD degrees in Theatre, MFA in Experience Design and BA, BFA and MFA degrees in Dance). The department is comprised of twenty-four full-time faculty in Theatre & Dance, including seven faculty dedicated to Design/Technology and Management. In addition to this position, the department employs a full-time Faculty Director of Dance Production and a Theatre & Dance Production Coordinator. The department produces approximately 17 theatre and dance productions per academic year in four venues and hosts the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in the summer months.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • BA/BFA degree in related field and professional experience.
  • University teaching experience.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • MFA degree in related field.
  • Significant experience in construction of scenery and props.
  • Experience managing a scene shop and performance venue.
  • Experience in managing budgets, timelines and crews across scenic, props, electrics, and audio.
  • Formal instruction in Technical Direction.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • You will need to submit 1 reference for this position. This individual will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer





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Posted: 12/20/2018
Application Due: 2/18/2019
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