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Production Designer, Theatre - Company and Budget Manager, Dog Team Theatre

Middlebury College

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Production Designer, Theatre - Company and Budget Manager, Dog Team Theatre

Responsibilities of the Production Designer and Company and Budget Manager fall under two pillars: Serving as (1) Resident Scenic, Lighting & Digital Media Designer for four or more Theatre productions per year on the Middlebury campus; and (2) Company & Budget Manager for the Dog Team Theatre Project.

Provide student instruction and mentorship; collaborate with theatre faculty and staff to achieve departmental mission and goals.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Designs scenery, lights and/or digital media for four or more faculty-directed productions during the academic year. Designs are executed by Theatre's technical staff under the designer's supervision.
  • Collaborates in planning and building faculty productions as a scenic, lighting, and/or digital media designer, including preparing for and supervising technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Advises and provides academic support for Theatre Department production classes and student independent projects. Shares responsibility for evaluating students enrolled in lab sessions in conjunction with Theatre Department's Set/Lighting Professor, THEA 0119 & 0129.
  • The Dog Team provides an active bridge for students of the College to the professional community of theatre makers, and the Company Manager's role is directly responsible for the training and supervision of the students in a major element of their essential tasks.
  • Assumes responsibility for transfer and execution of designs and all technical elements for two to three shows annually to the NYC theatre space.
  • Establishes and executes meetings, policies, procedures and all items related to liability insurance and fire codes. Collaborates with the producing director in establishing operational budget and payroll, estimates federal, state and city taxes, along with workers comp and unemployment insurance.
  • Submits and oversees all expenses through the college budget system. Issues weekly payroll, provides income and expense statements for y/e tax purposes.
  • Acts as Advisor for the Hepburn Zoo and advises student designers on departmental projects, when applicable.

Middlebury College is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, the College recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury College encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. The College also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

  • MFA in Stage Design required
  • Requires strong artistic, technical, administrative, and organizational skills; the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects and communicate effectively with a wide range of persons. Professional experience in theatrical Production Management. Familiarity with the Actors' Equity Association's LORT D rule book.
  • This position requires a 6-week residency in New York City during the summer. This position requires working closely with students and requires skills in instructing and supervising.
  • This position requires collaborating with directors, designers, technical staff and students.
  • This position requires the ability to schedule and organize self and others to meet deadlines. This position requires work in evenings and on weekends.
  • Experience with theater-specific software e.g., Vectorworks, Lightwright, QLab, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite products. 8-10 years professional experience in Scenic, Lighting and/or Digital Media Design.
  • 8-10 years work experience in the production, company and budgetary aspects of the position is required.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Work includes moving heavy objects and working at heights
  • Schedule includes working nights and weekends around technical rehearsals and performances
  • Working conditions are a combination of an office environment and site work in theaters and scene shops

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

As an employee of Middlebury College, you will enjoy being part of a vibrant supportive community. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and competitive health, dental, life, disability, generous retirement matching, and vision benefits, Middlebury offers a generous time-away program - up to 34 days per year during the first two years of service, increasing as the term of service lengthens. Middlebury employees are eligible for robust educational assistance programs as well as free or reduced rates for cultural events and use of sporting facilities (including the College's golf course and Nordic and alpine ski area). The result is a very high quality-of-life in a gorgeous setting. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and other perks of employment including:
  • MiddCard Privileges: access to athletic facilities, discounts at the College store, library privileges, and discounts at cultural and sporting events. In addition, the card allows door access to certain campus buildings. Spouses or domestic partners of benefits-eligible employees are eligible to receive a Spouse/Partner card with the same privileges as the employee card (except door access).
  • Discounts on season passes at Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and the Rikert Outdoor Center.
  • Access to our Partner Inclusion Program that provides comprehensive support services to the spouses and partners of Middlebury employees.
  • A full listing of our benefit offerings can be found on our website by following this web link:
  • Or click see some of the other fun perks of working at Middlebury, whether in Vermont or Monterey!

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Middlebury is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. It offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. Middlebury is an institution with a long-standing international focus, a place where education reflects a sense of looking outward, and a realization that the traditional insularity of the United States is something of the past. We seek to bring to Middlebury those who wish not only to learn about themselves and their own traditions, but also to see beyond the bounds of class, culture, region, or nation. Indeed, the central purpose of a Middlebury education is precisely to transcend oneself and one's own concerns. This transcendence may come for some through the study of other cultures; for some through the study of the environment; for others it will come through inquiry into such fields as physics or philosophy, mathematics or music.

Middlebury's undergraduate college is enriched by its other programs. Every summer, the main campus in Vermont is transformed into an institution single-mindedly devoted to the study of nine foreign languages and cultures, and the use of English is virtually banned for the participants, among whom are many Middlebury undergraduates. In the Green Mountains lies Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus, where for six weeks each summer the Bread Loaf School of English is in session. This is followed by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which brings together 200 authors and aspiring authors for 11 days of intensive exchange about the art of writing. The Bread Loaf School of English is in session each summer not only in Middlebury but also at Lincoln College, Oxford, in the United Kingdom; at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

There is also an overseas dimension to Middlebury College. The C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad are located in Belo Horizonte, Berlin, Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Concepción, Córdoba, Ferrara, Florence, Getafe, Guadalajara, Hangzhou, Irkutsk, La Serena, Logroño, Madrid, Mainz, Montevideo, Moscow, Niterói, Paris, Poitiers, Santiago, Temuco, Tucumán, Valdivia, Valparaíso, Xalapa, and Yaroslavl. These schools enroll more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students who seek to further their foreign language skills and immerse themselves as fully as possible in the host culture through academic study as well as direct experience.

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