Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Music and Theater Arts

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Position ID:MIT-MTA-TD [#21810]
Position Title: Technical Director
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Theater Arts
Appl Deadline:2022/07/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/05/19)
Position Description:    

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The Program in Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks an experienced, curious, and inventive Technical Director with excellent organizational skills for a one year, full-time position at the rank of Technical Instructor. The program in Theater Arts offers an array of courses and experiences in support of the Major, Minor and Concentration in Theater Arts. The Technical Director contributes to the ongoing development of the program by providing organization, expertise and leadership in the coordination and execution of all technical aspects of production; in completing the day to day maintenance and administration of the equipment and fabrication facilities at w97; in mentoring students, and in the occasional teaching of course modules as required. The program in Theater Arts annually presents publicly attended performances, workshops, readings, lectures, exhibitions and creative residencies. In close collaboration and coordination with the Director of Production, and other members of the production team, the Technical Director is responsible for the smooth realization of all reasonable technical and scenic aspects of curricular and non-curricular program events. In addition to ensuring that standards of safety are observed in production, performance, and classroom settings, the Technical Director plays a role in mentoring students who are engaged in technically oriented aspects of the program. Weekly production meetings provide a forum for clear communication. Effective, energetic, and able to thrive in a primarily unsupervised, fast-paced, and collaborative environment, the Technical Director will possess the initiative necessary to aid in the realization of the long- and short-term artistic, pedagogic, research-driven, and community-oriented goals of the program. For more information:


Full time, 100% effort. 1 September 2022 through 31 May 2023.


Position requires an A.B., BFA, BS, or MFA in Technical Direction or other related fields such as production management or scenic design, or equivalent professional experience. The role of Technical Director also requires a minimum of three years of experience in the field. The position will require occasional heavy-lifting of circa 50lbs, climbing ladders, operating a scissor lift, working at heights, a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive. Hours will often include weekend, evening, and night hours. The Technical Director may also handle confidential and/or issues requiring discretion and judgment.

Program Overview

Situated within the Music and Theater Arts section of the School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at MIT, the program in Theater Arts offers an array of courses and experiences in support of the Bachelor of Science Major, Minor, and Concentration in Theater Arts. As part of a vibrant interdisciplinary arts community at MIT, the program in Theater Arts annually presents publicly attended performances, workshops, readings, lectures, exhibitions and creative residencies. In AY2018/19, for example, there were two fully produced student productions, one student workshop with a public performances, a mini festival of student play readings and a professional play development workshop both with public presentations, a three day screening series with symposia, a faculty led dance concert, a faculty led cabaret performance and an end of semester design exhibition. Additionally, the MIT Performing series, produced by the Center for Art Science and Technology, produced four creative residencies with public presentations, and presented three guest performances. More about MIT Performing here:

Diversity, Wellness, and Inclusion

MIT Music and Theater Arts is united in our pursuit of artistic, intellectual, creative and technical excellence; this requires intense focus and dedication by all members of our community. We value diversity and practice inclusion with regard to identities, backgrounds, opinions and beliefs. We see our students as whole people and prioritize their mental, emotional and physical health. This ethos extends to both our advisory and pedagogical relationships. Diversity, wellness and inclusion are central to our curriculum and hiring; we are therefore committed to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff to enhance the educational experience of the students we serve.

Affirmative Action

MIT complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations concerning Affirmative Action and workplace equal opportunity that are outlined by policies and procedures to assure that employment-related actions are made without regard to non-work related, personal characteristics such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Americans with Disabilities Act

To comply with regulations by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in position descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

Application Requirements Required materials include a short cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references. Links to online supporting materials are optional. Applications received on or before July 1, 2022, will receive first consideration.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

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Further Info:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Music & Theater Arts
Cambridge, MA 02139-4037