Theatre Arts - Technical Director

The Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University seeks a Technical Director to fill a half-time, nine-month appointment beginning 8/1/13.

Responsibilities include oversee, maintain and provide both instructional and technical assistance in the Theatre Arts scenic studio.  Candidates should have thorough knowledge of production procedures including scenic construction, painting, and rigging; must possess strong communication and organizational skills; have knowledge of industry, local, and national safety standards and the ability to read and draft designs, schematics, construction blueprints, and plans, as well as skill in estimating cost of scenic designs.

The Technical Director will provide assistance to the Design Faculty in supervising students to build, finish, install and strike theatre scenery; fabricating and finishing theatre scenery and properties as needed; supervising students to hang, cable and focus theatre lighting; training and supervising student employees; maintaining scenery shop equipment and tools; and attending technical rehearsals as needed with the possibility of some evening hours.

Appropriate Theatre degree; minimum four years related experience working with construction/fabrication techniques using wood and metal along with construction supervisory experience; knowledge of tool safety and maintenance; ability to safely supervise, work with, and train college students (often unskilled in construction techniques) are required. Experience in stage rigging with knowledge of theatrical construction and stage machinery preferred; experience with CADD (Vectorworks or AutoCAD) preferred; experience with theatre lighting equipment also preferred.  Must be able to work flexible schedule according to department production deadlines.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position, resume and contact information for three professional references electronically to or via direct mail to:


 Search Committee – Technical Director

 Department of Theatre Arts

 Bradley University

 Peoria, IL 61625.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Bradley University, highly rated by U.S. News and World Report, is an independent, comprehensive university enrolling 6000 students.  Midway between Chicago and St. Louis, Peoria hosts professional opera, dance, theatre, and music organizations including a renowned symphony.  The Peoria Civic Center houses convention facilities, a sports/concert arena, and a theatre that hosts Broadway touring productions.  The Department of Theatre Arts, one of five departments in the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, consists of 65 majors, six full-time faculty, two full-time staff members, plus visiting artists and teachers.  The Iben Endowed Lectureship generously supports visiting professionals throughout the year.  Housed in the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, the Department of Theatre Arts produces a mainstage subscription series as well as a laboratory theatre, which are well attended and supported by the university and civic communities.  For additional information about the University please visit

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting candidates from underrepresented groups.