The Department of Drama at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB is seeking an experienced Technical Director, who will work effectively and collaboratively to uphold the departmentís educational mission, for a full-time academic appointment as a Faculty Service Officer (FSO), a unique role which enjoys an interesting and diverse set of responsibilities. The Drama's Technical Director, Fine Arts Building oversees many formative projects by guiding student learning through a mentor/apprentice style relationship. The position reports to the departmentís Chair, in terms of teaching and research activities, and to the Production Manager for their assigned projects and operational activities. S/he will contribute to department research and evolving practices in the theatre, and will share in the collective day-to-day administration of the department.

The positionís areas of responsibility include:

Project Management (planning and executing technical and administrative support for department classes and productions - including risk mitigation)
Human Resource Management (typically consisting of students in technical theatre practicum roles)
Facility Management (theatrical infrastructure and equipment renewal)
Financial Management (developing and maintaining production and technical budgets)
Teaching and Research (provides instruction in contemporary theatre production methodologies, particularly within practicum settings)


The successful applicant must have substantial experience as a Technical Director in a mid or large scale professional and/or academic theatre, or possess related skills and experience. S/he will have proven capacities to oversee theatrical productions, manage facilities, production timelines/budgets/space, and lead production staff. Experience and interest in working within a diverse group of students, faculty and professional staff is essential.


Master of Fine Arts in Drama/Theatre, preferably in a Technical/Production related discipline
Minimum of ten years of experience in supervisory roles employing management functions within a professional theatre setting (project/facility and operations/health and safety management)
Generalist skills, knowledge and experience employing current and emerging stagecraft and theatre technology trends
A minimum of two yearsí experience in teaching/mentoring roles
Commitment to ongoing professional development

The Department of Drama has a record of recognizing substantial theatre experience and training in lieu of a terminal degree.

Secondary assets could include:

Specialist training and experience in a particular facet of stagecraft (e.g. scenic and properties construction, rigging, automation, lighting/audio/video design and technology)

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