Technical Director/Designer

Employer
Lake Forest College
Location
Lake Forest, IL
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

Job Details

Technical Director/Designer June 02, 2021

Lake Forest College seeks a full time Technical Director/Resident Designer for its Theater Department, to begin no later than August 1, 2021 for a two-year appointment with potential for extension. The ideal candidate is multi-talented, with a proactive and creative approach to theatrical production.

Responsibilities include technical oversight for productions in a configurable black box space, designing sets and/or lighting of productions, and/or teaching of courses and independent studies (such as Stagecraft and Design for the Stage), along with supervision of student workers. The Technical Director is both a practicing technician and an educator/mentor.

A MFA in Theater or equivalent theater experience is preferred. The successful candidate will have knowledge of scenic, lighting, and sound design practices and the ability to effectively translate a designer’s renderings, models and/or sketches into practical stage settings. The successful candidate will be able to build sets and hang light plots.

This is a full-time exempt position, but hours increase during technical rehearsals. Knowledge of or prior experience in Chicago theater will be valued, for Lake Forest College makes extensive use of Chicago as a curricular resource.

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,500 students from over 47 states and 78 countries. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and other members of historically underrepresented groups.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send cover letter, c.v., and design portfolio to [email protected]. In your cover letter, please address your thoughts on teaching and mentorship, and at least one of your references should speak to your experience as an educator/mentor. Please include contact information for three references. Materials should be addressed to Professor Richard Pettengill, Search Committee Chair, and must be received by July 1, 2021. Interviews will be conducted by phone/Zoom and on campus at Lake Forest College.

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Working at Lake Forest College 

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,450 students from over 45 states and 65 countries. 

At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation.  The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community.  Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and other members of historically underrepresented groups.

The College’s 107 acres are spread out across three campuses that are divided by wooded ravines. It is home to more than 250 species of naturalized plants and 187 bird species.
With classic 19th and 20th Century architecture, mature oak trees, and numerous green spaces, the College has been and remains a popular place to film movies.

Our students come from 47 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 78 countries.

Lake Forest professors regularly include undergraduates in their primary research and supervise independent research projects.

They receive fellowships and grants from such notable organizations as the Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Freeman Foundation, Mellon Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Getty Trust, Goldsmith Foundation, and Kemper Foundation.

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