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Auxiliary Adjunct Position: Technical Director and Production Manager

Faculty: Adjunct

Winchester, VA
ID: 1112-306

Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University seeks an exceptional dance and theatre practitioner to teach and perform duties as Technical Director and Production Manager. This entry-level, auxiliary adjunct appointment


The chosen candidate will be skilled as a technical director and production manager, passionate about preparing students for work in the 21st century, and will further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory's reputation as an inclusive and premier place of study where artists from diverse backgrounds actively engage around innovative and collaborative work.

Specifically, the desired candidate will:

  • Serve as the Technical Director and Production Manager for all dance productions. Including three  dance productions in the Conservatory’s main stage proscenium theatre seating 650, with full lighting technologies, as well as several productions offered in the Dance Division’s black box theatre;
  • Teach dance production class(es) each semester to support the undergraduate dance curricula; 
  • Supervise student production assignments; 
  • Participate in division meetings and lead production meetings in the capacity as the Production Manager; 
  • Oversee dance division studio and theatrical spaces; 
  • Act as dance work study supervisor;
  • Engage in the Conservatory’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; and
  • Additional opportunities at the Conservatory level such as Holiday Gala, Opera Up Close, and mainstage Opera may be available. 

Required Skills


Required and minimum qualifications include the following:

  • Possession of M.F.A. in Technical Design or a combination of training and equivalent professional experience;
  • Experience and expertise in lighting design;
  • A commitment to artistic excellence, passion for mentorship, and orientation towards collaborative work; 
  • Teaching experience within a conservatory or intensive collegiate environment is preferred.

How to Apply: 

Application submissions should include a letter of intent (in which candidates also identify how they might advance the Conservatory’s commitment to diversity and inclusion), a curriculum vitae (including video or media links to highlight work as TD/PM) and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

About the Dance Division:

Beyond providing professional preparation to around 60 dance majors annually, the Dance Division provides 90 musical theatre students with rigorous professional training that is equally grounded in musical theatre, jazz, ballet, tap and modern dance training. Core training for dance majors is complemented by an extensive composition sequence, three mainstage concerts per year in the 600-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, and numerous opportunities for creative & performance work. Extensive outreach opportunities led by dance faculty include international performance-and-study tours, such as summer trips to Asia and Europe, where participants have studied with many international guest artists and performed both faculty and student works at various stages in multiple countries. At home, the Dance Ensemble has been featured in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and other professional venues in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

About Shenandoah Conservatory:

Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, DC, the Conservatory is now home to over 700award-winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.

Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The Conservatory’s ShenCo LAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the Conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration: a (first-in-the country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty mentored) collaborative projects. The Conservatory’s proximity to Washington, DC and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world.