High School Theatre/Technical Director

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Campus Principal/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised: February 20, 2015
Dept./School: Assigned Campus

Primary purpose

Provide students with relevant learning activities and theatre arts experiences to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop theatre competencies and interpersonal skills to function successfully in society. Recruit and develop students in theatre performances. UIL One Act Play and other assigned competitions as directed by the Garland ISD Fine Arts Director.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Bachelor’s degree in theatre from an accredited college or university

Valid Texas teaching certificate in Secondary Theatre Arts

Demonstrated competency in the field of theatre arts

ESL Certification preferred

Experience

At least one year of field experience or approved internship with professional recommendations or

experience as a successful tech director

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of overall operation of a high school theatre arts program

Knowledge of state standards for theatre arts, curriculum and instructional strategies for high school theatre

Knowledge of UIL rules and regulations pertaining to theatre arts and One Act Play

Ability to implement policy, procedures, and data

Ability to manage high school budget

Demonstrated ability to perform basic computer skills and use other technology required by the district

Demonstrated ability to discuss the use of drama and conventions of theatre to develop student concepts about self, human relationships and the environment

Demonstrated familiarity with theatre production and methodologies, such as staging, acting techniques with strong skills in technical theatre:  light and sound design, set design, costumes, make-up, marketing and promotion

Strong instructional communication, public relations, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Willingness to advance knowledge by attending workshops, conventions, and staff development sessions

Major responsibilities and duties

Program Planning

  • Direct high school theatre performers and technicians  
  • Establish performance requirements, enforce academic requirements, and verify each student’s eligibility to participate in theatre performances
  • Provide for theatre participation at extracurricular events including performances and UIL activities
  • Arrange transportation, lodging, and meals for out-of-town events
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education (SBEC) rule, TEA and UIL rules, and board policy pertaining to theatre
  • Support theatre booster club activities
  • Maintain/establish theatre club and/or Thespian Society meetings and activities
  • Design and implement plans for recruitment and retention of students at the middle school and high school levels
  • Recommend policies to improve program
  • Communicate with the campus activities director to schedule use of the auditorium facility
  • Help supervise and maintain the use of the auditorium equipment, creating a safe environment for students and teachers
  • Conduct weekly, monthly and semester safety checklist for auditorium space

Budget and Inventory

  • Ensure that programs are cost-effective and funds are well managed  
  • Compile budgets and cost estimates based on documented program needs
  • Coordinate fund raising activities and manage funds
  • Maintain current inventory of all fixed assets within department
  • Oversee process of maintaining, cleaning, and storing all theatre equipment/supplies/costumes

Instruction

  • Develop and implement plans for theatre program and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for individual student differences
  • Present subject matter according to guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal assessments
  • Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students

Student Management

  • Apply and enforce student discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Maintains proper and appropriate discipline among students during theatre contests, practice sessions and while on trips off school property
  • Encourage, by example, and through instruction, sportsmanlike conduct in all phases of theatrical participation and competition
  • Accompany and supervise student on out-of-town trips
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities

Communication

  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers
  • Maintain professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members

Collaborative Partnerships

  • Work as an equal partner with your Theatre Co-Director
  • Work as a cohesive fine arts team to produce collaborative musical productions, share performance and rehearsal space as well as provide technical help for other fine arts performances
  • Provide technical support for campus and facility rentals with student workers and campus personnel
  • Train Fine Arts personnel on the auditorium sound and lighting instruments

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Expected to use shop power tools (saws, drills, etc.), expected to use lighting and sound equipment
Posture: 
Prolonged standing and walking, frequent stooping, bending, pulling and pushing
Lifting: 
Occasional lifting of heavy objects, climbing, balancing and reaching
Environment: 
Occasionally exposed to paint and other fumes, meeting deadlines with severe time constraints, working irregular or extended work hours, frequent in-district and occasional state-wide travel
Mental Demands: 
Frequent interruptions, ability to maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.