March, 2020 Issue

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Lighting/ Sound Design Faculty- UMD Theater
Great River Shakespeare Festival- Technical Director

Norcostco- Field Technician (Lighting)
UMD Practicum Instructor- Scenery/Props


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Lighting/ Sound Design Faculty Position- UMD Theater

UMD Theater is hiring a full-time Lighting/Sound Design faculty member. 

Responsibilities include:

Teaching: Deliver undergraduate foundation courses in lighting design and sound, provide supervision and mentorship for lighting and sound design and production students.

Design: Research and create realized lighting designs and sound for select productions in the UMD Theatre season.

Service: Provide departmental service and other requisite duties of a term position.

Details located HERE

The new hire will be joining eight other UMD faculty and staff in Design and Production, so applicants should be aware the position is well supported by professional colleagues.

(P.S.  Just for clarity, I'm not going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.  I've moved into full-time administration so the new Lighting/Sound Design faculty will be teaching all lighting design and sound design courses and supervising the lighting and sound production areas.
- M. Harvey)
Mark Harvey, Head
Department of Theatre
University of Minnesota Duluth


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Join our company

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside of the Twin Cities and has enjoyed unprecedented success since its 2004 inaugural season. Employing nearly 100 people at the peak of the season, GRSF presents its six-week long season of rotating repertory from late June to early August in the 460-seat mainstage theater on campus at Winona State University.

GRSF is accepting applications for Technical Director

Full Position Details and Application information is located at:
(scroll down to Professional Employment and click on Technical Director)


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Norcostco is accepting Applications for a
Field Technician (Lighting)

Minneapolis Branch Technical Department

Company Profile
Norcostco is a national theatrical equipment supplier and services company with 5 branches across the nation and multiple E-commerce brands with its corporate location in Minneapolis.

Job Summary
Norcostco’s Technical Department is looking for a full time Field Technician with a lighting focus. For consideration you must have a working knowledge of general theatrical equipment and supplies with a focus on lighting equipment and technology, excellent communication skills, excellent paperwork skills. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of theatrical knowledge and experience, a willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to thrive in a small team environment. We focus in the installation and construction industry by installing new theatrical equipment systems. Training will be provided to meet needs of the projects and company. This position will require overnight travel 2-5 days for the entire business week, with possible continuous weeks on the road and home on weekends.

Job Duties
Assemble, hang, program Conventional and LED Fixtures
Delivery and receipt of products to job site

Warehouse support to prep products for jobs

Field Service Calls Lighting
Jobsite Visits and field verifications

Jobsite support including system turn on with factory certifications
Light Field rigging work (i.e. hanging drapes)

Skills Required
Working knowledge of theatrical equipment, technology and consumables
Basic electrical theory and DMX/network distribution
Strong phone and verbal communication skills

Basic Troubleshooting skills
Lighting console programming experience

Ability to work at heights including ladders and lifts
Basic Shop tool operation

Basic Theatrical Rigging understanding

Familiarity with Microsoft Office products

Ability to lift 50lbs

Valid and clean driver’s license

Clean Background check

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced Degree

OSHA 10 Card

Factory Certifications

Understanding of basic business practices
ETCP Entertainment Certifications

TO Apply: Please send a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 references to Barry Nelson at



Practicum Instructor of Theatre in Scenery and/or Properties

The Department of Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks a 9-month, 50% Practicum Instructor of Theatre in scenery and/or properties. Responsibilities include team-teaching a hands-on course with tenured or tenure-track faculty. Position will supervise stagecraft crews in proper scenic construction, properties construction and/or scene painting practices as instructed by the technical director.
Essential Qualifications:
BA or BFA in Theatre. Understanding of safe operation of hand and power tools, carpentry, scenic or decorative painting skills and/or properties design & construction, and the ability to read construction drawings. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage diverse student populations.
Preferred Qualifications:
MA in Theatre or MFA in Technical Theatre and/or Scenic Design with one year of teaching experience at the collegiate level. Demonstrated supervisory, leadership, communication, scheduling and time management skills. Working knowledge of rigging, gas and electric welders, CAD software, automation and/or experience as a property master or scenic charge.

Salary: Negotiable.
Term of contract: Beginning Fall, 2020

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Mark Harvey, Head
Department of Theatre
University of Minnesota Duluth