The School of Visual and Performing Arts invites applications for an Instructor of Theatre Technology and Design. The successful candidate will enhance the work of the School of Visual and Performing Arts by expert teaching, management of the technical elements of the theatre production program, supervision and mentorship of students in production and design areas, and resourceful and innovative collaboration with faculty and staff.
Teach courses in the undergraduate theatre curriculum specifically pertaining to theatre technology, production, stagecraft, and design as listed in the Academic Catalog such as Foundations of Theatre, Scenic Design, Make-Up Design, Introduction to Design, Stagecraft, Stage Management, etc.
Serve as Production Manager and Technical Director for the OBU Theatre season
Serve as Shop Supervisor of all shop spaces, supervising maintenance of shop spaces, and building and hanging OBU Theatre productions during shop hours (typically Monday – Friday)
Provide one complete design for each of the mainstage shows within the academic year’s theatre season, including a scenic, lighting, or costume design (2-3 main stage shows annually
Serve as Design Mentor to undergraduate students as assigned
Train and supervise student workers, particularly in the scenic and lighting areas
Collaborate with the Director of Theatre and students to produce high quality theatre productions (2-3 main stage shows annually, 1-2 studio/student led works as needed)
Participate in recruitment activities of the School of Visual and Performing Arts; collaborate with the Director of Theatre in all recruitment and retention activities specific to the theatre program
Enhance and promote the creative output of students pursuing a degree in Theatre
Work collaboratively with colleagues, and activate professional networks to provide students with guided, real-world opportunities
Recognize current trends in theatre technology and design that inform classroom instruction, production processes, curriculum development, equipment procurement, and the vocational objectives of students
Teach additional undergraduate courses, such as Theatre History, as needed
Activate skills and expertise in service to the School of Visual and Performing Arts as needed
Serve as academic advisor to students as assigned
Supervise and travel with students on student development activities, e.g., KCACTF
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Proven teaching skills at the undergraduate level in both classroom and laboratory environments
Provide on-going scholarly and creative output
Proficient skills with current production hardware and software as appropriate to Theatre Design and Technology
Engage as a team player to enhance collaborative work, advance recruitment, and facilitate retention
Ability to travel, occasionally overnight, for recruitment purposes and to attend professional conferences
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Ability to move lumber, building materials, lighting instruments, and similar equipment
Proven competence with standard power tools and scenic rigging
Proficient with drafting software such as Vectorworks or AutoCAD and other software pertinent to specific design area
Proficient with sound experience electronics, e.g., Data Fixtures, DMX, XLRs
Preferred: MFA in Theatre Design/Technical Direction or a related field
Required: Completed BFA in Theatre Technology/Scenography/Design or a related area, plus professional experience (see below)
Preferred: Successful teaching at the undergraduate level and 2-5 years of professional theatre experience
Required: 2-5years of technical direction or related experience in three of the areas listed below:
Scene shop supervision
Scenic engineering and construction
Costume patterning and construction
Sound design and engineering
Active membership of a local evangelical church and commitment to the essentials of the Christian faith
Willing to commit to the vision and mission of Oklahoma Baptist University
Candidates are welcome to submit a portfolio of design and tech work. If a portfolio is submitted, please indicate submission/access method in cover letter.
Questions about the role may be submitted to the Chair, Division of Communication Arts, Benjamin Baxter at [email protected]. Questions about theatre curriculum or production may be submitted to the Director of Theatre, Dr. Hephzibah Dutt at [email protected].
Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution on a 200 acre campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. OBU transforms lives by equipping students to: pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. Oklahoma Baptist University welcomes applications from qualified individuals, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. A candidate's religious beliefs and practices will be considered in the light of the University's mission.