Assistant/Associate Professor of Technical Theatre Director, Department of Communication Studies
September 11, 2018
La Mirada, California
Full Time - Experienced
Position Summary The Theatre program of Biola University is seeking candidates for a full-time, 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor position. Biola University is a private, Christian university and is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the university has over 40 major academic fields of study in nine schools. The theatre program mounts four productions each year. The first theatre majors graduated in 2011 from the general Theatre concentration. We are adding a concentration in Acting for Stage and Screen for 2019-2020. Productions currently take place in Theatre 21, an intimate 90 seat studio theatre. In 2019, performances will be mounted in other on and off-campus venues, as Theatre 21 will be removed in order to make way for a new Cinema and Media Arts building. The person who will fill the position of Technical Director must be willing to collaborate with multiple academic and community professionals in navigating a variety of spaces during this transitional period.
The faculty Technical Director is responsible for guiding and implementing the technical, dramatic theory, and history classes that support the BA degree for Theatre. The faculty member in this position will serve as technical director for four productions per year. The Technical Director will be responsible for the training and supervision of student crews as part of the Production Practicum/Theatre Lab courses. Presence at production meetings and technical rehearsals is expected. The position will oversee the maintenance, troubleshooting, and organization of the programs' facilities and equipment.
All faculty will contribute to the administration of the department and production management for relevant areas. These duties will include contribution to departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, student advising, recruitment, budgeting, and participation at production and faculty meetings. As a tenure track position, the Technical Director will also be expected to maintain their professional development. This can be achieved by occasional outside work, publishing, conference attendance, workshop presentations, or involvement in professional organizations.
Areas of Instruction and Practice May Include:
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Dramatic Theory & Criticism
Production Practicum / Production Lab
Theatre History I & II
Theatre Practice (Practical application in support of Dept. productions)
In addition to instructional duties, this position will do the following:
Produce technical drawings based on set designs.
Produce technical drawings based on prop designs.
Directing productions are negotiable
Determine materials to be used for sets and props.
Develop and organize budget sheets for all builds.
Provide students with experiential learning in drafting and construction.
Construct sets and oversee construction of sets by student workers.
Incorporate construction work patterns and safety regulations into the area of the program that concerns theatre technology and construction.
Organize and maintain all working theatre spaces so that mentored experiential learning can take place.
Responsible for development and implementation of technical theatre curriculum.
Reviews and approves curriculum taught by adjuncts or visiting professors.
Responsible for supervision and implementation of all scenic elements of Theatre productions. Constructs sets and designs lighting, and/or works in conjunction with hired contractors and student crew leaders to fully realize scenic production elements for department productions.
Oversees planning, scheduling, build, load-in and strike of scenic elements in close cooperation with other production faculty.
Provides guidelines for safe and efficient operation of tools and facilities.
Assists with supervision of Program Assistant position.
Assigns Theatre students responsibilities and crew positions commensurate with their experience and capability.
Directs students in safe and proper techniques for building, moving, installing, and striking scenery.
Ability to execute designs within a specific schedule, track budget expenditures, and work productively within a high-pressure environment.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with students, faculty, staff, guest artists, and other internal/external groups.
Organize the use of shop spaces, storage areas, and coordinates the usage of the stage by Scenery, Props, Electrics and Sound.
Ability to work with a flexible schedule.
Must be willing to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust.
Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while using the appropriate safety procedures.
Ability to work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, vapor, gases, and/or materials.
Possess a valid Driver's license (if out of state apply for California Driver's License within 30 days of appointment) and have access to a vehicle for transportation to and from business related events.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
A Master's degree (including 135 quarter-hours or 90 semester-hours of graduate work) in Theatre Technology or closely related field; or MFA (or ABD) in Theatre, Theatre Technology or related field, or commensurate academic/professional experience in a Technical Theatre position.
Demonstrable experience as a technical director in professional or university theatre.
Demonstration of effective teaching.
Demonstration of effective mentoring and supporting of student technicians and designers in the realization of theatrical productions in the educational environment.
Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow faculty, student designers, and guest artists and directors.
The desire, ability, and patience to effectively teach and train novice students.
The ability to successfully guide and support student designers and technicians in in the realization of their theatrical production elements as a key element to their training and experience in an educational setting.
Working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, including fabrication techniques in wood and metal, automation, theatrical rigging, drafting, proficiency in either AutoCAD or Vectorworks (preferred), production team management, electrics, and familiarity of appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Must have strong working knowledge of scenic construction techniques, drafting, rigging, CAD drawings, and welding and related technical theatre specialties.
Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students, and to staff and students with disabilities.
Preferred Qualifications Five years or more professional experience in similar position.
Physical Demands Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Must be willing to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust.
Biola University is a protestant, Christian university in which faculty endorse a university statement of Christian faith and community values, and are attentive to the integration of the Christian faith in teaching and learning. Biola is committed to diversity and seeks faculty who can contribute to multicultural understandings. Candidates should be able to demonstrate ability to work effectively with diverse populations, female and male students and colleagues, and to integrate multicultural content and issues into their teaching. Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, age, or physical or mental disability. However, as a private religious institution, the University reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices.
Application Procedure and Materials:
Letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references
Positing Date: Fall 2018 Closing Date: applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Open Until Filled Desired Start Date: August 2019
About Biola University
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