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Victoria Vinson

Instructional Laboratory Specialist (Technical Director, Theatre)

The School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking a Technical Director (TD) with strong teaching skills for a full-time, nine-month position (9 months paid over 12 months) beginning August 16, 2020.

The TD will manage all technical aspects of a quickly growing theatre program including: negotiating the scope of scenery for UIC productions; providing working drawings for construction; managing and staying on budgets and build schedules; managing student build and run crews; hiring and supervising scene shop over-hire; maintaining shop infrastructure, inventory, and equipment; enforcing and maintaining standard workplace health and safety practices. In addition, the TD will teach a technical theatre practicum, and may teach in an area of technical theatre or design expertise; they will also attend staff, faculty, and production meetings, and rehearsals as needed and perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Theatre or the Director of the School. The TD will collaborate with faculty and staff to advance the School’s mission to develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imagination in emerging artists and scholars. All faculty are expected to serve on committees, and to participate in student advising and recruitment.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in theatre, or equivalent professional experience; a minimum of two years’ experience in an arts laboratory setting; one year experience teaching at the college level or equivalent; five years professional experience in scenery construction techniques, theatrical rigging, automation, and/or drafting; proficiency in use of stationery and hand power, woodworking, and pneumatic tools; advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD or Vectorworks; proven ability in personnel management and budgeting; excellent work ethic including time management, work flow management, self-motivation, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to collaborate and work as part of a team; flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree; knowledge of metal working tools and welding techniques; advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques, including counterweight and hemp fly systems; and appreciation for the place of BFA and BA programs within a public university setting with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds.

Salary is competitive/commensurate with experience/qualifications.

UIC is a Carnegie Research 1 university that enrolls over 30,000 students on a 240-acre site one mile west of Chicago’s Loop. The School of Theatre & Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs to a highly diverse student body. One of four units in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, STM enrolls about 90 undergraduate students in music programs and about 120 undergraduate students in theatre. The faculty consists of performing artists and scholars. There are 28 full-time faculty and about 40 part-time faculty. The School offers coursework leading to a BFA in Acting, BA in Theatre and Performance, BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology, BA in Music, BA in Music Business, BM in Music Performance, and a BM in Jazz Studies. Music ensembles include choirs, concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestra, athletic band, chamber groups, and jazz combos, among others. For more information, go to

For fullest consideration, applications must be received by February 4, 2020. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references to

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Erin Freeman, at

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. Women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL