Technical Director for Theatre and Dance

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7162089
Posted: August 15, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Function
The Technical Director will execute all drafting and creation of scenic elements, manage and maintain all budgetary aspects related to the production season, supervise and mentor a staff scenic supervisor and over twenty student employees, teach one course per semester from courses such as stagecraft (THE 220), advanced stagecraft (THEA 320), and computer aided drafting (THEA 225) among others, serve on the Department’s Production Committee which selects the shows to be mounted the following year, and serve as a technical liaison to the new Performing Arts Center hoping to break ground in the fall of 2023. Additionally, this position also may serve as a designer in whatever area of expertise they have within the areas of design/tech when applicable.
Minimum Education
Master’s degree in theatre or related discipline completed by date of employment or equivalent professional experience.
Minimum Experience
One year of technical direction or related experience.
Experience with computer aided drafting programs (preferably Vector Works).
Experience or understanding with theatrical rigging systems.
Experience with managing and maintaining budgets.
Minimum Other
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Highly organized and effective problem solver.
Experience as a welder.
Able to balance the teaching and production needs of an active undergraduate program.
Ability to work collegially within a liberal arts setting.
Authorization to work in the US Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Education
M.F.A. in Technical Direction or Scenic Design.
Preferred Experience
Three years of technical direction or related experience.
Teaching experience at the university/college level.
Experience and expertise within the area of welding.
Technical experience with professional theatre and/or dance companies.
Ability to serve as a designer within the production season when needed.
Preferred Other
Pre-Employment Screening Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.
Position Title(s) Supervised
Scene shop supervisor; students.
Required Certifications
EEO Statement
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.
About Ball State University
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.
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Department Theatre & Dance:600050
Department Information
The College of Fine Arts empowers our community to be creative thinkers, citizens, and problem solvers. Students experience a distinctive education with nationally recognized faculty members and staff, high-profile alumni, and curricula and programming that focuses on collaboration, empathy, inclusion and hard work. We prepare them for many futures and multiple career paths in, around, and beyond the arts.

The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is growing and changing. We offer eight diverse curricular options that develop and nurture each student’s creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation’s voice. We are seeking collegial, collaborative faculty with excellent communication and organizational skills to join us. The department is aBFA/BA/BS undergraduate-only program with over 350 theatre majors, 65 dance majors and 45 full-time faculty/staff. The Department plays an active role in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and with the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Ball State is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Our undergraduate only program, low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals, and distinguished guest artists.

Salary and benefit packages for this position are competitive, with salaries for this opportunity beginning at $50,000 annually.