Teach courses in technical direction, as well as basic and advanced entertainment technology to both undergraduate and graduate students; mentor students in technical direction; teach additional courses in areas of interest and specialty as needed; work as a liaison between UMKC Theatre and our producing partners at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre; maintain a national professional profile that reflects the career of a distinguished technician/artist/scholar; contribute to the creative/scholarly, academic and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the diverse cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community; participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on committees and engaging in other Conservatory activities; contribute to curriculum development, faculty governance and administrative activity of the Theatre Division.
Demonstrated successful and innovative experience teaching technical direction, preferably at the university level; comprehensive knowledge of scenic materials and construction techniques, including welding, rigging, and automation; proficiency in CAD, safety standards and other standard entertainment technology; strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate level teaching; significant professional experience at the national and/or international level as a technician/artist/scholar; MFA in theater, or equivalent professional experience.
Full Time/Part Time
This is a full time, benefit eligible, tenure track position with an appointment date of September 1, 2020
Rank and tenure will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Review of applications will begin November 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
APPLICATION MATERIALS TO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE : Application form, application letter, and curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials. See position posting at UMKC Human Resources website: http://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/ Use search keywords "technical director."
ABOUT THE THEATRE DIVISION:
UMKC Theatre is beginning a new chapter in its long history and has now become part of the UMKC Conservatory. The mission of the program is to assist the creative student in making the journey to becoming a creative professional. The practice of the department is to vigorously educate students in the many arts, crafts and traditions of theatre, and to provide a basis for future careers in the creative industries. Our program offers intensive hands-on experience while at the same time fostering analytical and contextual skills. The practical experience of theatre-making occurs not only within the performing venues of UMKC, but also in professional theatres in Kansas City including our partner, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
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