Technical Director – Theatre Arts

  • Full Time
  • Iowa City
  • $45,000-$55,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $45,000-$55,000

Website uiowa University of Iowa Theatre Arts Department

The Department of Theatre Arts is looking to fill the position of Technical Director.

The position in the Department of Theatre Arts will serve as the Technical Director for up to five mainstage productions and supervise up to 20 additional events. They will be responsible for facilitating effective, healthy, and productive production environments in collaboration with the artists, faculty, and staff. Supervision is exercised over assigned support staff and student labor force.

The successful candidate will be responsible for facilitating effective, healthy, and productive production environments in collaboration with the directors, artists, and staff. This position will report to the Production Manager and work within the Office of Performing Arts and Engagement ensuring successful execution of each production season. This is a twelve-month full-time position.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with faculty, student, and guest scenic designers to help them realize their designs and translate designs into technical specifications.
  • Research and identify strategic needs to allocate resources appropriately within the Theatre production scene shop.
  • Advise and collaborate with directors and designers on schedules, budgets, builds, technical feasibility, and together produce a reasonable financial plan to bring the designs to the stage.
  • Estimate costs of time and materials per show in consultation with Designers, Department Heads, and the Production Manager.
  • Obtain and/or verify receipt of materials and supplies.
  • Research and purchase tools and materials for shop operations.
  • Develop, monitor, and implement production schedules.
  • Monitor builds and productions for safety and accuracy.

For a full job description or questions about this position, please send an email to

Education Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree required, preferred in technical theatre design or production or a combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications:

Three-year minimum experience in Performing Arts Technical Direction.

Minimum of one year experience in structural engineering with steel and wood or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum of one year of mechanical engineering with electro-mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Proficiency in use of AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks.

Valid Driver’s license, plus the ability to meet and maintain The University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard.

Demonstrates skills in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, particularly within the fine arts.

Desirable Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in design and/or technical theatre direction.

Experience working on productions in an academic setting, preferably in a higher education setting, providing a training ground and opportunities for experiential learning.

Demonstrates basic proficiency in 3D rendering.

Proficiency in the use of CNC controlled router tables using Aspire software.

Proficiency in the use Creative Connors Stagehands Automated Stage equipment motion control systems.

Proficiency in the use of variable speed programmable motion control systems for stage hoists.

Position and Application details:

For additional job details and to apply please visit and access requisition # 22006375

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and export control screening. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. This position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

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