Theatre Technical Teacher, High School
University of Chicago
DepartmentLab School High School Faculty
About the Department
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The High School Theatre Technical Teacher is responsible for educating and guiding students in the field of technical theater. This includes teaching students about the principles of technical theater including lighting, sound, props, costumes, scenery, and sets. The teacher should be able to create a safe and supportive learning environment that encourages students to explore their creativity and express themselves through theater.
High School Theatre Technical Teachers typically work in a classroom and theater environment. They attend performances, rehearsals, and competitions that occur outside of regular school hours. The job will require standing, walking, and lifting heavy equipment, such as set pieces and props. Teachers must also be able to manage their time effectively to meet deadlines and complete administrative tasks.
Assist with the setup and breakdown of all technical aspects of performances, including lighting, sound, props, costumes, and scenery.
Operate and maintain technical equipment, such as lighting consoles, soundboards, and rigging systems.
Collaborate with the theater director, stage manager, and other production staff to ensure that all technical elements are aligned with the artistic vision of the production.
Attend rehearsals and performances to ensure that all technical elements are running smoothly and troubleshoot any issues as needed.
Assist with the design and construction of sets and props as needed.
Help train and supervise student volunteers who are assisting with technical aspects of productions.
Maintain an organized inventory of technical equipment and supplies.
Adhere to all safety protocols and ensure a safe working environment for all production staff and performers.
Specific Competencies :
Flexibility to work after-school hours and attend evening and weekend events.
Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Ability to develop innovative curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Computational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills required.
Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Ability to use standard productivity and educational software or platforms (calendar/schedule software, learning management system, etc.) required.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree in Theater Education or related field required.
Master's degree in Theater Education or related field preferred.
3+ years experience in teaching and managing high school tech or commensurate experience required.
Experience with technical aspects of theater production, such as lighting, sound, rigging, and carpentry required.
Familiarity with common theater equipment, such as lighting consoles, soundboards, and microphones required.
Ability to work collaboratively with a team of production staff, performers, and volunteers required.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail preferred.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed for rehearsals and performances preferred.
Ability to lift and move heavy objects, climb ladders, and work in tight spaces required.
Commitment to maintaining a safe and respectful working environment for all involved in the production required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property.
When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
Based on Experience
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours
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Job is Exempt
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