Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance (Technical Director)

Theatre and Dance

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full time (6/7) three-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance to begin August 1, 2019.

Institution Information: The Department of Theatre and Dance is a small production-driven department opening a new laboratory theatre (black box) during the summer of 2019. We are looking for a Technical Director to establish and manage the new and existing scene shops and spaces. In addition to the new laboratory theatre, the Department has a 274 seat thrust theatre (Anderson Theatre), and two other spaces that function primarily as classrooms with occasional performances: a small 50 seat black box and a 65 seat dance studio

.Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty engage in teaching, scholarly research, and service. Primary responsibilities will include technical direction for all department theatre and dance productions (normally 5 per year); teaching two course equivalents per year; and recruiting, mentoring/advising student technical directors. The regular annual appointment term is nine months (September 1-May 31), but the successful candidate will begin one month early in 2019 (i.e., a ten-month term in the first year only), primarily in order to perform duties associated with opening the new Laboratory Theatre space.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (one page) statement outlining your approach to the production process in collaboration with designers, director, crews, and shop personnel;
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and effectiveness).

For full consideration, applications must be received by April 8, 2019. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned a MFA in the Performing Arts (Performance Design or Technology and Management with an emphasis in Technical Direction preferred) by the start date of August 1, 2019;
  • Prior experience in technical direction in professional and/or academic venues;
  • Experience working in a scene shop for a professional and/or academic theatre;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching;
  • Ability to create, organize, and effectively execute technical production schedules;
  •  Knowledge of scenery safety standards and compliance with safety regulations and protocols;
  • Up to date knowledge of Vectorworks;
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently under pressure; and
  • CPR and First-Aid certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Medical First Responder certification;
  • Knowledge of WatchOut software; and
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Special Position Requirements:

  • Job requires climbing stairs and ladders, working in, on, and around heights, plus lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds.

Posted 3/5/2019


Henry MacCarthy | | 507-933-7352

Posted: Tue Mar 5, 2019

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