Assistant Technical Director - Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, School of Arts and Sciences - (21001342)

Tufts University

Boston, MA

ID: 7078643
Posted: May 18, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (formerly the Department of Drama and Dance) celebrates the power of scholar-artists to engage with their society, pose challenging questions, and re-imagine the role of the arts in contemporary culture. We are deeply committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. Our work is enriched by students, faculty, and colleagues able to share differing opinions and experiences with respect and compassion. The courses we offer and the works we produce challenge us to recognize, value, and give voice to social justice issues. We tell stories that recognize the humanity and lived experience of people of color, LGBTQ citizens, and people with disabilities. We believe that the arts offer us a unique opportunity to expand our understanding of what it means to be a more open, representative, and collaborative community.

The Assistant Technical Director works in collaboration with the Technical Director to realize the design, construction, and installation of scenery for faculty and student productions. S/he manages and maintains the scene shop and supervises student designed and constructed productions. Supervises/mentors students in proper scenic construction, scene painting, prop construction, as well as in the use of lighting and sound equipment. Ensures smooth running of student productions. ADDITIONALLY, the Assistant Technical Director supervises the technical programming and full-time scenic staff for the Collins Players (an academic year program for students aged 8-13); and for Creative Arts and Magic Circle (the university’s summer theatre program). The ATD has sole responsibility for overseeing the production budget for the year-long children’s theatre programming offered via Collins Players, Creative Arts, and Magic Circle.


Basic Requirements:

Knowledge and experience typically acquired by:

BA in Theater and/or experience in theater construction.
Extensive knowledge of safe use of equipment, supervision of a crew, and strong organizational skills are essential.
Valid driver’s license required.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with AutoCAD; Microsoft Word and Excel
Knowledge of woodworking, flat construction, scenic painting, prop construction, lighting technician skills and operation of sound equipment
Ability to read and interpret drafting
Excellent time management, organizational, communication, time management, and customer service skills


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