The Theater Technicianis part of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and is a keyindividual contributor responsible for planning, organizing, and performingtechnical support activities for the Blair School of Music. The TheaterTechnician will display a flexible attitude, and will undertake varying rolesas dictated by performance and rehearsal requirements in an educationalsetting. The Theater Technician will support educators and students inachieving learning goals within the scope of the theater and other relatedvenues. The Theater Technician will assist in the safe operation andmaintenance of theater lighting, sound, rigging, video projection and relatedequipment and systems used in support of staging musical events.
About the Work Unit:
The Blair School ofMusic serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study ofmusic as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Music offers to all personsa medium for the expression of the human spirit. Accordingly, the Blair Schoolof Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical, andperforming activities. Consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University,the School maintains and promotes the highest standards in the pursuit ofscholarly and creative work, in the delivery of instruction, and in thepromotion of professional and public service.
In its scholarly andcreative work, the Blair School of Music proposes to advance the discovery ofknowledge, to expand the horizons of musical expression, to promote academicexcellence, and to sustain an environment supporting these pursuits by facultyand students.
Pedagogically, the BlairSchool is committed to providing superior musical instruction to pre-collegiateand adult students in the environs of Nashville, Tennessee; stimulatingclassroom and studio instruction to collegiate music majors and minors; and, tothe students of Vanderbilt University at large, an array of academicallyrigorous, culturally enriching courses appropriate to one of the nations'leading institutions of higher learning.
In its commitment toprofessional and public service, the Blair School of Music contributes tocultural and intellectual life at Vanderbilt University and throughout theregion through concerts, lectures, and recitals by faculty and students, and byproviding a forum for visiting artists, scholars, and composers of nationalstature.
Stage managing smallshows
Makes set changes/lighting changes during theatrical/musical performances throughout the year.
Operates the mixing console in recording performances (ETC ION lighting console).
Opens and closing doors for guests, answering any questions about the performance; provides general information about the performance.
General stage technicianwork
Builds sets and props using power tools, table saws, screw guns, etc. to enhance various performances.
Rigs and handles light fixtures and set pieces.
Unrolls and tapes down dance floors
Hangs and focuses lighting rig(s).
Performs set changes, which includes moving equipment and set furniture.
Operates counter-weight fly system by pulling on a rope as something/someone flies in and out of the scene.
Regularly lifts up to 50 pounds.
Work with clients todesign lighting for events
Goes through each scene to understand effects to be achieved and determines how to visually create the effect with lighting.
Works closely with the client to determine lighting needs and subsequently carries out those decisions by setting up the lighting.
Perform generalmaintenance to lighting equipment
Cleans lighting and dimmer units.
Maintains lighting cables; inspects and replaces, as needed.
May be asked to move instruments within the building.
The position does nothave supervisory responsibility; the position reports administratively andfunctionally to the Director of Technical Services.
Experience and Skills:
At least three years of experience in theater production and technology is necessary.
Knowledge of and experience with a theater lighting console system is necessary.
Knowledge of ETC ION lighting console is highly preferred.
Working knowledge of ETC lighting programming language is highly preferred.
Working knowledge of Unison lighting programming language is highly preferred.
Experience with construction and power tools; carpentry; scenic design and construction is highly preferred.
Rigging experience is necessary.
Comfort working from heights is necessary.
Strong interpersonal skills and comfort in customer relations are preferred.
Analytical & Detail-Oriented – Accurately assesses information and applies applicable law, policy and procedure. Considers the long term implications of actions today and advises employees appropriately. Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes.
Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Cleans up after themselves.
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn't expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other's strong suits.
Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes. If things aren't going well, outcomes suffer. Is willing to have crucial conversations if things aren't going well. Doesn't just complain to management . . . does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first.
Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn't the same as productive). Can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.
Vanderbilt is a renownedprivate institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville,Tennessee. The university's students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashvilleand the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of theVanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertisewill be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is aplace where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place whereemployees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, takeexceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enoughyesterday. Vanderbilt was recently named the ‘best large employer’ in Tennesseeand a top employer for women by Forbes, ranked #1 in the PrincetonReview among 384 top colleges and universities for having the bestfinancial aid in the nation – as well as #3 for ‘happiest students,’ ‘qualityof life’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ #4 for both being in a ‘college city thatstudents love’ and for having ‘great campus/city relations.’
In addition to offeringa lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity,Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package includinghealth, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disabilityinsurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependentchildren. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% ofthe tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor'sdegree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.