Technical Director - Theatre & Dance | SETC (2024)

Technical Director
The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance
Full-Time; 10-Month Renewable Professional Staff Position

The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance invites applications for a full-time, 10-month renewable, Technical Director position, beginning July 15, 2024. The candidate will join an energetic 25+ person theatre and dance faculty and staff, with a load equivalent to 40 hours per week in the areas of technical direction, stagecraft, scene painting, technical drawing, properties construction, electrics, and other related areas of production. The candidate will serve as the conservatory’s technical director for 5-6 mainstage productions each academic year, and mentor students on signature series and workshop productions, with the possibility of teaching each fall and spring semester.

Primary Responsibilities:
Each year, starting July 15th and continuing through May 15th:

  • Provide technical direction and participate in the operations of the scene shop including organization, planning, preparation of construction documents, engineering, purchasing, and similar tasks necessary for pre-production of all conservatory productions;
  • Create and maintain daily/weekly/monthly operation schedules and production calendars for all conservatory productions;
  • Assign and monitor student crew assignments, as required in Rehearsal & Production classes;
  • Actively participate in scenic and property construction, rigging, electrics, and painting in the day-to-day pre-production/construction phase of all conservatory productions, whether students are present or not, while overseeing quality control and safety;
  • Supervise, instruct, and mentor all student assistants, student workers, and volunteers for scenic and property construction, electrics, and painting in the pre-production/construction phase of all conservatory productions;
  • Oversee safety in all areas of the scenic, properties, electrics, and sound shops;
  • Attend and supervise all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances, and strikes of annual conservatory productions;
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and systems, as well as inventory;
  • Possibility of teaching 1-3 courses annually in area of emphasis.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, design, or related area. Master of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre, design, or related area, is a plus. (Degree must be from regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university.)
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience as a professional technical director in a professional and/or higher educational setting;
  • Demonstrated record of success working with and instructing apprentices, interns, or students of all levels;
  • Demonstrated experience in stage electrics;
  • Demonstrated woodworking skills as they pertain to theatrical construction;
  • Demonstrated metalworking skills as they pertain to theatrical construction;
  • Demonstrated experience with stage rigging;
  • Demonstrated experience with scene painting;
  • Demonstrated experience in accurately interpreting designer & technical drawings for theatre;
  • Extensive proven experience with CAD for producing technical and construction drawings for theatre;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a safe working environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and adhere to production budgets and deadlines, without compromising designs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to work on the floor alongside professional staff (e.g., Scene Shop Supervisor), whether students are present or not;
  • Evidence of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the University community.

Required Information & Deadline:

Application Deadline:To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received byJune 10, 2024. The position is available July 15, 2024, and will remain open until filled.

Required Information: Submit the following items online at

  • Letter of interest addressing all position qualifications
  • Current resume/CV
  • Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts (official transcripts are required when an offer of employment is accepted)
  • Examples demonstrating quality work as a technical director, submitted as media files or web link(s) (please provide a web link or embed the media file in a supported file type, such as a PDF or Microsoft Office file type)
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Additional Information:
Founded in 1873 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Southeast Missouri State University provides student-centered education and experiential learning with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences, embracing a tradition of access, exceptional teaching, and commitment to student success that significantly contributes to the development of the region and beyond. SEMO values access to high-quality, affordable education with a broadly representative student body, faculty, and staff that respects and celebrates a diverse learning community in a global society.

The only university in the state of Missouri with an official mission in the performing arts, Southeast Missouri State University is also a founding member of the Yamaha Schools of Excellence. Dobbins Conservatory has 285 majors and is ranked as the #1 undergraduate theatre program in the state and in the Top 30 musical theatre programs in the nation. The program operates in the outstanding River Campus facilities as part of the Holland College of Arts and Media. The university is accredited by both NAST and NASD and is home of the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival.

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