Shenandoah Conservatory, one of the country’s leading centers for collaborative work across the performing arts, is seeking nominations and applications for an exceptional Assistant/Associate Professor of Theatre, Technical Director. This full-time and career-contract track position, housed within the Theatre Division, begins in August of 2020. Employment with Shenandoah’s professional summer theatre company, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, is possible but not a requirement.
The chosen candidate will further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory’s profile and reputation as both a premier place of study for future theatre professionals and collaborative artists, and as a place where audiences can experience transformative performances.
The Theatre Division produces musicals, plays, and operas, and collaborates with the Dance Division on dance concerts. In support of productions and related student learning, the Technical Director will:
Serve as Technical Director on at least one show per semester, and will work closely with all designers and directors in making construction and materials decisions regarding theatrical set designs;
Bring an enthusiasm for mentoring and working with young theatre artists, for supervising student designers, and for working with professional designers;
Work with a staff Assistant Technical Director (ATD)and a Scene Design Fellow to oversee all aspects of set construction and installation, rigging, stage machinery, paint application and prop acquisition on all departmental productions, coordinating with Lighting and Sound;
Teach within the Theatre Design and Production Program in an area of expertise, and advise Technical Production students, support audition and recruitment activities;
Serve on School/University committees as appropriate.
More specific responsibilities in support of the above include:
Overseeing supervision and development of work study students skilled in technical theatre, and participating in running labs in Scene Shop, teaching construction techniques to students at all levels, and overseeing students assigned to painting and props;
In conjunction with ATD, running all technical rehearsals and strikes on Theatre Division productions;
Preparing work calls, build schedules, and give input into production calendars, working with the other production departments, to ensure that deadlines are met.
Overseeing maintenance of theatre facilities, working with University Physical Plant as needed, and coordinating, maintaining, and updating all safety protocol training for students, faculty, and staff using the scene shop for classes in technical areas.
Helping to plan budgets and provide oversight and maintenance of scene shop inventory, including monitoring equipment, prioritizing and integrating new equipment purchases; and
Creating working drawings with ATD and Scene Design Fellow for construction and installation purposes
Required and minimum qualifications include the following:
MFA in Theatre with an emphasis on Technical Direction/Theatre or an equivalent combination of training and professional experience.
A deep understanding of emergent technologies matched by a driving passion for mentorship, students and education.
Knowledge of CAD drafting, rigging, carpentry, and metalworking, and a familiarity with projection technology, theatrical sound, and stage properties.
An ability to work with others in a collaborative work environment to further strengthen the conservatory’s cutting-edge undergraduate TDP programs, and to recruit and develop emerging student talent. An emphasis will be placed on candidates who are able to help students transition from academia to the professional world.
An ability to contribute to the conservatory’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate will demonstrate through teaching, professional activities, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods.
Experience in facilities management within a higher education context is preferable.
How to Apply:
Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.
Complete application submissions will include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.
Additional materials such as links to videos, or course materials may be requested after initial review by the committee.
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About Shenandoah University
About the Theatre Division:
Shenandoah Conservatory’s Theatre Division is in an exciting period of development. Beyond having one of the country’s most distinguished Musical Theatre programs, the Theatre Division — which focuses exclusively on undergraduate B.F.A. training and is uniquely situated within a comprehensive performing arts conservatory — includes an innovative Meisner-based Acting program, and an intensive undergraduate Theatre Design & Production (TDP) program. The TDP Program houses six areas of emphasis: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Technical Production, and Sound Design and Reinforcement.
The three BFA degree programs maintain a reputation for excellence in pre-professional training and keep a constant eye on the industry, providing highly individualized education in a rigorous yet supportive environment. The conservatory maintains multiple performance spaces across campus. Main theatre performance spaces include Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre (a 610-seat proscenium theatre), Glaize Studio Theatre (a flexible black box), as well as the Harold Herman Lab Theatre (a uniquely flexible teaching and student performance space that is scheduled for completion by February 2020). Other conservatory-related performance spaces include Armstrong Concert Hall, Goodson Chapel – Recital Hall and Shingleton Dance Space. In addition to a robust traditional production calendar, Shenandoah Conservatory also hosts a resident professional summer stock theatre, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT). As one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, SSMT welcomes over 20,000 patrons annually, producing three full-scale musicals, and employing student and professional theatre artists in every department.
About Shenandoah Conservatory:
Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., the conservatory is now home to over 640 award- winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theatre and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.
Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The conservatory’s ShenCoLAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration; a (first-in-the country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty mentored) collaborative projects. The conservatory’s proximity to Washington, D.C. and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world. www.su.edu/conservatory
About Shenandoah University:
Shenandoah University is a diverse institution of approximately 3,800 students enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in business, arts and sciences, health professions and performing arts. Shenandoah University is an independent, coeducational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Please visit www.su.edu for more information.