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Job ID: 103762

Professor of Design/ Technical Director
Concordia University Chicago

Date Posted Feb. 19, 2018
Title Professor of Design/ Technical Director
University Concordia University Chicago
Department Theater
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • River Forest , IL
    United States
  • Professor
  • Drama/Theater/Theater Education

Responsibilities/Duties: The Professor of Design/ Technical Director will be responsible for all technical aspects of Department of Theater mainstage, as well as provide support for blackbox and student productions. Primary responsibilities will include set and lighting design for mainstage shows, building of set, supervising load-in/ load out of sets to off-campus theater, hanging and programming of lighting, and executing sound needs. The TD will also be responsible for the cleaning, maintaining and purchasing of all theater equipment for all performance, rehearsal, and shop facilities. Working with the Artistic Director of the program, they will be responsible for designing or locating designers for additional production needs when applicable (sound, props, projection, etc). In addition the TD will oversee purchasing materials, working with vendors, production schedules, and managing student labor. The ideal candidate will possess an MFA in theatrical stage or lighting design and be able to teach Stagecraft and design courses when in rotation.

Skill Sets:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of drafting and carpentry.
  • Professional experience as a designer
  • Ability to translate blueprints into lumber orders and construction plans.
  • Knowledge of theatrical lighting instrumentation, sound technologies and scenic construction.
  • Ability to repair lighting instruments, shop tools and sound equipment
  • Knowledge of theatrical software, including Vectorworks, Qlab, and LightWright.
  • Familiarity with a broad base of theatrical suppliers in Chicago and nationwide.
  • Knowledge of theatrical rigging practices to ensure safety.
  • Ability to muti-task.
  • Creative problem solving and assessment.
  • Superior resource management and budgeting acumen.
  • Ability to instruct students during the production process.

Minimum Experience Required: 5 years professional theater or academic theater setting.

Education Requirements: BA in Theater or related field. MFA in Stage Design, Technical Theater, or related field preferred.

Interested individuals should apply through our website at Please include a cover letter, resume and references.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovative and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at

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