The Communication Studies and Theatre Department at Mercer University is seeking a Lecturer/Technical Director. This position is responsible for managing production needs and providing course instruction. Educational management and supervision of student workers with scenic construction as well as mentorship of student creative research are essential components of this job.
For Mercer Theatre Program productions, the Lecturer/Technical Director will be responsible for maintaining a safe and educational working environment during the entire production process. The primary responsibility is construction and realization of scenic designs. Building management and equipment maintenance of our 90 seat black box theatre which includes tracking and maintaining lighting, sound, projection, and tool equipment inventory is also included in this position. Design responsibilities are negotiated show by show based on student research requirements, the demands of the show, and faculty interest.
For the Communication Studies and Theatre Department, the Lecturer/Technical Director will be responsible for teaching one course a semester in Stagecraft, Introduction to Theatre, or other area of expertise based on the needs of the department and college. Other additional opportunities to teach outside of the department may become available after the first year of employment.
Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs to more than 8,500 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges. The academic cornerstone of the university, the College of Liberal Arts, is a highly selective, residential institution enrolling over 1900 students. Recently awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University is located in historic Macon, Georgia, which is about an hour south of Atlanta.
Mercer University Theatre is dedicated to the concept that Theatre is where all of the arts converge and meet life. Theatre invigorates, challenges, informs, entertains, and enriches our lives at our deepest level. Whether it is a traditional treatment of a classic, a visit to the absurd, the development of a new work, or a crowd-pleasing musical, Mercer Theatre meets the challenges with the talents and dedication of its faculty, staff, and students.
An MFA in Technical Direction or related field in theatre from an accredited institution and a minimum of two years of professional experience are required. Strong carpentry skills, experience with sound and projection equipment, and a basic working knowledge of Vectorworks/ AutoCAD, Qlab, and Microsoft Office are required. Ability to work with students from varied backgrounds, desire to work as a member of a collaborative collegiate team, and excellent interpersonal skills are essential. Knowledge of different prop construction, scenic painting, and mixed media techniques as well as experience teaching at the college level is preferred. Job requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
|Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should complete the brief online application and attach a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references. Additionally, candidates can attach a document with samples of creative and/or technical work in the OTHER DOCUMENT section OR include a link to an online portfolio in the supplemental questions section of the application.
Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:
1. Can you lift up to 50 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodation?
2. Please provide a link to an online portfolio of work samples or upload a document containing work samples along with your supporting documents in the "Other" field.