Virginia Tech — Assistant Professor of Practice / Assistant Technical Director

The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech seeks a dynamic, energetic, and creative theatre artist/technician to assist in supervising and producing productions in our scene shop and instruct our students in state-of-the-art scenic technologies. We seek a colleague with recent professional practice and an attention to detail suited to the production of quality craftsmanship, while providing safe, hands-on instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

The Assistant Technical Director works under the Technical Director and cohesively with other faculty and staff involved in the season’s productions. Duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Technical Director include assisting in: the supervision of scenic construction for all program productions in our annual season of events; the instruction of scenic technology topics to undergraduate and graduate students in the shop setting; the organization and upkeep of materials and supplies necessary for construction; the enforcement of shop safety and safe practices (in compliance with EHS and OSHA/NFPA guidelines); the coordination of the shop space in a safe and orderly fashion; and maintaining the scene shop facility and tool maintenance. The successful candidate will instruct students on our productions with a hands-on approach during all phases of production; construction, technical rehearsals, and strikes. A teaching load of one to two courses per semester is expected in addition to teaching labs and maintaining the scene shop. The Assistant Technical Director may be asked to serve on committees and perform other university service as appropriate. Appointment begins August 10, 2022. The position includes a university health/benefits package and has a 3- year contract with the possibility of renewal 

The Theatre and Cinema program, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, has a strong commitment to diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. More information about the program and the School of Performing Arts can be found at 

Required qualifications:
An MFA degree in a theatre-related discipline or equivalent professional technical theatre experience; significant experience in the field of technical theatre that includes metal fabrication, advanced carpentry, stage rigging, shop supervision and maintenance, drafting and budgeting, and theatre automation. The candidate must be able to work at heights on ladders, telescopic lifts, and grids, be able to lift 50 lbs, and have a valid driver’s license. 

Preferred qualifications:
Previous teaching experience; experience with Creative Conners automation equipment, machining, tig welding; OSHA 10 or 30 certification; ETCP Certification (or willingness to become certified); First Aid and CPR certification; and basic knowledge of lighting, sound, and projections. 

Additional Information:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the global community. 

As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers over 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. Virginia Tech is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, offering a wide variety of cultural and outdoor recreational activities. 

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae or professional resume, and (3) names and contact information for three references. Application materials must be submitted online at, Job number 519333. Review of applications will begin on March 4, 2022, and continue until position is filled. 

Employment is contingent upon submission of official university transcripts and a criminal background check. 

Questions may be directed to Chris Russo, Search Committee Chair, at 

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