Lighting/Projection Design & Production Manager (Extended Deadline)
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19203 Posted: 12/27/2022

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career.  The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title:  Technical Director (Lighting/Projection Design & Production Manager)

Employment Type: Full-time, Academic Staff, Salaried

Reports To: The Technical Director will report to Chair of the Theatre Arts department.

Pay Range:  $50,000 - $54,000, annualized

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Theatre Arts Department alongside the College of Arts and Humanities is seeking to hire an Academic Instructional Staff position in Lighting and Projection Design & Production Management. The individual will teach two academic courses a year including theatrical lighting/projection design and computer aided drafting. The position will also provide lighting or projection designs for productions in the Theatre Arts Department, including supervision and mentoring of student-designers and student-technicians. Additionally, this position is responsible for the Production Management and the supervision of technical support for the Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities/RITA.

Essential Job Functions

Theatre Design and Production

  • Design two productions a year in the area of Lighting or Projection Design.
  • Serve as the Theatre Arts Company Production Manager by creating departmental production calendars in collaboration with the department chair, assignments and scheduling of backstage crews, strike crews, and technical rehearsal schedules.
  • Assist with the management of general production needs in collaboration with the department Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, Sound Supervisor, and the Department Chair.
  • Participation in weekly department and production meetings, as well as monthly company meetings.
  • Collaborate with Faculty to strengthen, through example and supervision, a positive and healthy studio environment.

Production Manager of the Rita Tallent Picken Center for the Arts and Humanities/RITA

  • Management and supervision of the calendars for campus and outside rental events.
  • Responsible for the planning and supervision of technical support for RITA events.
  • Supervision of RITA staff assistants
  • Develop and recommend long-range plans, objectives, and facility needs for the RITA.
  • Cultivate a production environment of trust by upholding high standards of communication that models best practices in professionalism.


  • Teach two academic courses per year in the Theatre Arts Department in the areas of Lighting, Projections, and Computer Aided Drafting.
  • Mentor student designers and technicians in the production process.
  • Career advising and mentorship of students
  • Participate in annual academic and artistic assessments of company members.
  • MFA/MA in Theatrical Design and Technology; BFA/BA considered with a minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Experience in Production Management.
  • Professional Experience in Lighting, Projection Design and Technology
  • Previous teaching experience.

The Theatre Arts Department is a highly engaged award-winning department in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Named one of the university's top four signature programs, over the past 10 years, the department has seen the renovation of contemporary rehearsal studios, design, and technology spaces and equipment along with a new state-of-the-art black box theatre. The College of Arts and Humanities also boasts recent additions of a digital fabrication lab and filming studios that give students the latest technology and innovation at their fingertips. In addition, the department houses five selective concentrations to enhance the Theatre Arts major in the areas of Acting, Musical Theatre, Directing, Design and Technology, and Stage Management. Continuing a strong tradition in the performing arts, all faculty in the department are currently active performers, directors, and design professionals in the industry, and Theatre Arts students have a consistent 92% job placement rate in the industry post-graduation. 

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • A Digital Lighting/Projection Design Portfolio

Review of Applications

Applications received by 3/3/2023 will be given full consideration. Position is open until filled. 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Amanda Joncas

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