Job Requisition Number: 26122. The Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies is in the Division of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater and dance performance. The Department enrolls 1100 students in its 55-65 classes and seminars each semester. There are approximately 150 majors and 150 minors in addition to 25-30 students pursuing a Ph.D. Approx. 300 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in production as actors, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. An additional 170+ students participate in summer sessions within the Department.
The Department produces annually 4–6 shows; 2–4workshop, or showcase productions; 8–12 Department produced events and lectures; and 8–12 additional activities (rentals/loans of venues and/or equipment, sponsorship of activities produced by other departments, studio loans to campus and non-campus entities, etc.). Department welcomes more than 8000 patrons to its events and productions annually.
The Department has 12 permanent faculty (10 FTE), 3 continuing lecturers, 21 pre-six lecturers, 6 administrative staff (4 FTE), 9 Production staff (8 FTE), 3 musicians/accompanists, and 12-15 graduate student instructors.
The Department is responsible for three theaters – The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall (285–551 seats), The Durham Studio Theater (135 seats), and Zellerbach Room 7-Black Box (64 seats) – three fully operating shops and associated spaces, significant storage and curatorial space, three dance studios, three acting studios, three design studios, additional classroom service space, a department library, and faculty and staff offices in both Dwinelle Hall and Zellerbach Hall.
Constructs and installs theatrical production elements in coordination with multiple production areas (lights, sound, video, costumes, hair/make-up, properties, scenery, scenic treatment, etc.) from design and design specification provided by theatrical designers.
Provides work direction and oversight to Master Carpenter, Scenic Artist, and work study students (in the construction and installation of scenery and properties and coordinate installation activities with Master Electrician/Theater Supervisor. Technical Director is responsible for analyzing staffing requirements, identifying and resolving work flow problems, recruiting, training, assigning work and schedules, Responsible for allocation of personnel to projects and scheduling of equipment use for scenery and properties construction. Provides input and feedback for staff performance evaluation to the Production Manager as necessary.
Recommends as to feasibility of pending or proposed projects, including set design deadlines and construction and installation schedules. Determines construction techniques and details of construction/installation. Consults with and suggest changes to designers and directors regarding efficiency or economy of construction, installation, and operation of theatrical production elements. Builds and paints scenery and properties as required and create working drawings as needed. Coordinates and lead load-ins, maintenance, and strikes. Responsible for storage, cataloguing, and disposal of all scenery and scenic property elements. Researches new materials and techniques to fulfill designer concepts. Advises on all problems associated with multiple aspects of production operation. Attends technical/dress rehearsals and consult with directors/designers regarding notes, changes, and/or additions.
Trains students in laboratory setting associated with theatrical production; may evaluate students in laboratory work.
Trains, instructs, and supervises students as required, completing laboratory practice as stage technicians on run crew, including standard methods and operations of the theater machinery and rigging and gripping of scenery and duties associated with technical support for live theater including standards of professional conduct.
Assists student designers. Provides assistance with understanding of technical needs to convert design ideas into realization, drafting and communicating designs to technical units. Facilitates interaction with shop staff regarding construction of pieces, or modifications of existing stock.
Administers budgets, ensuring that expenditures are within agreed upon budgetary limits. Manages budgets for scenery, scenic construction, maintenance of shop facilities and equipment and coordinate with Production Manager regarding maintenance of theater facilities, studios, and other department spaces. Recommends expenditures for equipment. Coordinates all repairs; advises on planning of major alterations of existing facilities of development of new facilities. Coordinates the ordering and use of materials for scenery and scenic properties for Zellerbach Room 7, Durham Studio Theater, and Zellerbach Playhouse for all Department productions. Handles BFS transactions (prepare/review) and is back up reviewer/approver to Production Manager. Manages purchasing of subordinate staff and self with procurement cards.
Maintains shop facilities and equipment and coordinates with senior managers regarding theater facilities and property maintenance.
Recommends and approves expenditures for equipment; advises on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities.
Establishes procedures, provides oversight and trains users (professional staff, student staff, and students in lab courses) in safe, proper practices of theatrical construction and installation and in safe use, proper handling, and maintenance of all machinery, power and hand tools, and other shop and theater equipment.
Ensures professional and safe general facility conditions and operations, maintaining broom clean and organized shops and theaters, fulfilling reporting and record-keeping requirements, and upholding all applicable rules/regulations including federal, state, OSHA and CalOSHA guidelines and regulations.
Coordinates borrowing/rental of theatrical production elements. Coordinates borrowing and rental of Department scenery and scenic equipment by other departments and off-campus theatrical groups. Coordinates use of Department shop(s) and/or equipment by non-department users (Cal Performances) and off-campus theatrical groups.
Attends all department staff and production meetings. Advises managers regarding program planning, facility planning, and curricular development; serves on department committees.
Serves as back-up to Production Manager. Supervises at production meetings and technical and dress rehearsals in Production Manager’s absence. May coordinate facilities, HR, and financial needs relative to production in Production Manager’s absence•Strong working knowledge of University and collective bargaining policies, practices, rules, regulations, et cetera, including safety rules and regulations or demonstrated ability to learn such topics. •Mastery level knowledge in multiple technical theater production areas specifically, scenery and properties construction, treatment, rigging, and installation. Additional working knowledge of lighting, sound, video. •Additional knowledge of tool use and maintenance specific to the scene shop, and theater facility. Knowledge of standards of practice in field, and standards of safety and safe operation in theater and related fields (concert, dance, opera, film, etc.). •Knowledge of techniques of building and construction in various building trades and related fields (carpentry, electrics, plumbing, etc.) •Working knowledge of advanced rigging theory and physical law. Knows and applies principles of mathematics, especially geometry. •Thorough knowledge/skills in all aspects of budget administration. •Thorough verbal and interpersonal communication skills to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies. Ability to prioritize competing needs over time between short (production based) and long term (organizational) goals. •Thorough problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills. •Computer Skills: VectorWorks (CAD), Microsoft Excel, Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Word, BFS, UCB EH&S Chemical Inventory Database, PPCS Facilities management database, email and network, or demonstrated ability to learn such skills. •Thorough organizational skills. •Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
ASSOCIATED SKILLS: •Scenic Construction: Standard techniques and practices of scenic construction including: carpentry and scenic carpentry; hand and power tool use, and stationary power tool operation; jig construction; sewing and construction of soft goods and scenic drops; furniture building; painting and finishing techniques; welding and metalworking of steel and aluminum; fabrication in other media (e.g. plastics, concrete, copper-mesh); electrical wiring; safe lifting; drafting; specialty skills (e.g. foam carving, sculpting, model building). •Rigging: Operation of theatrical rigging equipment including: counter-weight purchase systems (single or double); hemp systems (block and tackle, block and fall, sandbag picks); chain motors and electric winches; troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair or adjustment of rigging systems; maintenance of purchase system, line-sets and peripheral equipment; proper identification and assemblage of rigging components and knots; hanging and flying of scenery and/or lighting equipment. •Scenic Painting: Ability to execute standard scenic painting techniques. •Production Coordination: Must be familiar with all aspects of production. Coordinate across all technical areas to ensure timely realization of event. Advanced knowledge of production methods and techniques: •Lighting (some knowledge preferred): Hanging and circuiting of a light plot. Basic operation of most lighting components (follow spots, ellipsoidal spotlights, PARs, Fresnel, dimmers, control systems). Troubleshooting of lighting systems and plots. Basic operation of standard theatrical lighting control consoles. •Sound (some knowledge preferred): Correct and appropriate installation of a sound system. Operation of most sound system components, esp. communication systems, and industry-standard control consoles). Troubleshooting of sound systems and plots. •Multimedia (some knowledge preferred): Correct and appropriate installation of various multimedia systems. Basic operation of most multimedia components (slide projectors, dove units, film projectors (16mm and 35mm), video projectors (RP and front), VTRs, VCRs, video cameras and current modes standards of transmission).
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