Start Date: August 21, 2023
The Upper and Middle Division Department of Theatre and Dance is seeking a dedicated, talented, and collaborative Technical Director (TD) to join the staff of the Horace Mann School. The technical director is responsible for creating, building, and installing lighting and set design for all UD/MD productions (4-5 per year). These designs will be created in collaboration with the faculty directors and student designers. The TD is ultimately responsible for managing the design and building process and making sure to stay within the production schedule and budget. The TD maintains and purchases all tools and materials used in the scene shop and is responsible for the theatrical operations of the performance spaces, which include Gross Theatre (our mainstage), the Black Box Theatre, the Cooper Dance Studio and the Sanders Recital Hall.
The TD will work closely in collaboration with students, running the after-school stage crew program for UD students and teaching one or two courses in scene design and production in either the UD or MD. The TD is a 10-month staff position and is expected to be present on campus from 10 am to 6 pm, in addition to nights and weekends during performances and occasional weekend builds and technical rehearsals. The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $85,000 based on experience.
The candidate should demonstrate strong technical abilities and a vision for set design, lighting design, and theatrical production. Experience in sound design is a plus. The candidate should have a deep knowledge of the history of theatrical design and stagecraft. The candidate should have a passion for working with students from 6th to 12th grade, including both teaching and mentoring student designers. The ideal candidate is a lover of the Performing Arts, who stays up to date with the world of theatre and dance, and who will bring to our department innovative ways to tell stories through design. A Bachelor’s degree in Theatrical Design/Production or a related field is required. An advanced degree in design or education is a plus. This position has a physical requirement including lifting, balancing, crouching, climbing and working from great heights.
Horace Mann School is a coeducational, college preparatory independent day school for students from Nursery through grade 12. The School seeks to stretch the imagination, intellect and insight of its students while developing the moral characteristics that impart identity and purpose. We recognize as our core values: the Life of the Mind, Mature Behavior, Mutual Respect, a Secure and Healthful Environment, and a Balance between Individual Achievement and a Caring Community. These core values guide our decision-making and govern the implementation of our curriculum and programs across all divisions of Horace Mann School. In addition to its campuses in Manhattan and the Bronx, NY, the School also owns and maintains the John Dorr Nature Laboratory, a comprehensive outdoor education facility on 320 largely wooded acres in Washington, CT. One of the nation’s 10 largest independent day schools, as of September, 2022, the School enrolls 1,801 students from 154 zip codes, representing Manhattan, The Bronx, New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut. Slightly more than 50% of students identified as race other than white and/or as Hispanic/Latinx and 2.6% of students identify as international. Slightly less than 52% of our students identify as girls and 48% of our students identify as boys. A third group expresses a different gender identity. Approximately 15% of our current students receive Financial Aid to attend Horace Mann. Thirty-five percent of School administrators, teachers, and staff members identified as race other than white and/or as Hispanic/Latinx. Over the past five years, the School has recorded a 97% annual retention rate for students and a 92% retention rate for all employees. The school’s recent $125 million bricks and mortar campaign has provided the Middle and Upper Divisions with newly constructed and renovated state of the art science and physical education facilities.
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