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Theater ,
submitted by
Amy Sinclair

Visiting Instructional Laboratory Specialist (Technical Director)

The School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is seeking a Technical Director (TD) for a full-time, temporary position from August through December 2023.

The TD will manage technical aspects of a university theatre program including: negotiating the scope of scenery for mainstage UIC mainstage 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; attending staff, faculty and production meetings, and rehearsals as needed; and performing other duties as assigned by the Head of Theatre or the Director of the School.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in theatre or equivalent professional experience; a minimum of two years’ experience in an arts laboratory setting; five years professional experience in scenery construction, theatrical rigging, automation, and/or drafting; 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.

Desired qualifications include a master’s degree; one year experience teaching at the college level or equivalent; knowledge or welding and metalworking techniques; advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques.

Salary is competitive/commensurate with experience/qualifications.

For fullest consideration apply by Friday, June 5. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information (phone and email) for three references to Amy Sinclair at Questions may be directed to Erin Freeman at

The School of Theatre and Music provides creative, responsive, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. The School offers coursework leading to a BA in Theatre and Performance, a BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology, and a BFA in Acting as well as four undergraduate music degrees.

About the University of Illinois Chicago: UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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Contact Info:
Amy Sinclair
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, West Loop