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Music, Theatre, and Dance

Technical Director/Production Manager (#179)

Summary of Duties

The Marywood University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance invites applications for a Technical Director/Production Manager (full-time staff) starting on August 1, 2021. The successful candidate will join a thriving, well-supported, and highly collaborative department of 9 full-time faculty and 30 adjunct faculty.

Marywood University is an independent, comprehensive, Catholic University. The campus is located in a residential area of Scranton, PA with easy access to the Pocono Mountains, about a two-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia. Affordable housing in attractive communities with good schools is readily available. The University enrolls approximately 2000 undergraduates in more than fifty-five programs and approximately 500 graduate students in 33 Master’s and Doctoral programs. Marywood University is committed to being an equitable and inclusive workplace, and we encourage applicants who share our vision to apply.  EEO/AA employer. For information about the Marywood University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, please visit marywood.edu/mtd.



Requirements

Educational

B.A. or B.F.A. in design and/or technical theatre. M.F.A. preferred.

Work Experience Requirements

Significant professional and/or academic experience expected.

Special Qualifications

Excellent communication skills are essential. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.

Essential Elements

The Technical Director/Production Manager (TD/PM) in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Marywood University has overall responsibility for ensuring that all technical, logistical, transportation, and purchasing needs are met for all theatre productions, concerts, and other events that take place in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The TD/PM is responsible for designing one of the major areas (lighting/sound, scenery, or costumes) for up to 3 theatre productions per year. The TD/PM works with the Theatre Program Director to secure additional designers and/or technicians, including students, other university employees, and outside professionals (independent contractors), as necessary, for all theatre productions. The TD/PM is responsible for the construction, painting, and dressing of all sets for all theatre productions, and trains, schedules, and oversees students to ensure that theatre sets are constructed as designed and on time. Depending on the production, the TD/PM may also have responsibility for managing and overseeing costume builds. The TD/PM is responsible for the management of all theatre program props, and either serves as prop master or oversees/mentors a student in this role for all theatre program productions. The TD/PM manages and oversees all work-study students employed by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, scheduling their hours, providing them with appropriate assignments, and supervising their work. The TD/PM has ultimate responsibility for the organization, cleanliness, and proper maintenance of the scene shop, costume shop, lighting/sound control booth, prop storage rooms, scenic stock storage garage, lighting/sound equipment, and the fly/counterweight system, and the TD/PM works with other university departments and resources, and/or hired professionals, as necessary, to ensure such organization, cleanliness, and maintenance (e.g. coordinating with custodial staff, the Marywood University Buildings and Grounds Department, and the I.T. Department, and securing outside professional assistance for particular tasks as necessary).

The TD/PM is expected to be present for and oversee lighting hang/focus, technical and dress rehearsals, sound checks, and the safe and proper use of the fly/counterweight system for all theatre productions, concerts, and special events. The TD/PM is responsible for purchasing needed technical items for the department, ranging from ordinary supplies (spike tape, screws, etc.) to larger purchases of equipment or materials that must be planned and coordinated with the Director of Theatre and/or Co-Chairs of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The TD/PM works with the Theatre Program Director and/or Department Co-Chairs to ensure that all purchases and expenditures remain within budget. The TD/PM establishes a Production Calendar for all theatre productions, concerts, and other events, and ensures that deadlines are established and met for scenic builds, costume builds/rentals, props, lighting hang and focus, technical and dress rehearsals, necessary purchases, set-ups, load-ins, strikes, transportation, and all other technical and logistical needs that may arise for theatre productions, concerts, and special events. The TD/PM coordinates with the Administrative Assistant of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance to appropriately schedule the use of the Stage, Black Box Theatre, and other rooms/spaces for classes, rehearsals, and performances. The TD/PM must always take special care to follow best practices for the safety of all persons involved in, or in the vicinity of, any technical work or process.

*The TD/PM may also teach courses in design and/or technical theatre, as needed and appropriate. The TD/PM will receive additional pay, at the standard Adjunct Instructor rate established by the university, for all such courses taught.

Required Documents

Candidates must submit the following materials: Letter of application, CV, and contact information for at least three current references. Review of applications will begin on June 5, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Physical Demands

Transporting heavy items, traversing stairs and ladders, maintaining a stationary position, positioning oneself in tight spaces, exposure to dust and noise, and perception of surroundings.


Marywood University is committed to being an equitable and inclusive workplace, and we encourage applicants who share our vision to apply. EEO/AA employer.
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