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Wabash Employment

Scenic Designer/Technical Director

Date Posted: 02/28/23

Wabash College invites applications for a Scenic Designer/Technical Director.  This is a 10-month full time, salaried, non-tenure track position that is renewable based on successful completion of periodic reviews.  Areas of expertise should include scenic design, scenic construction, scenic painting, props design, and computer drafting. Other areas of expertise, such as lighting or audio-visual design, are welcome.

Applicants must have an eagerness to collaborate with members of a small, dedicated theater department; an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of a liberal arts college; and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate mentoring and teaching. Candidates with an MFA or other terminal degree are eligible for appointment as Associated Faculty rank of Assistant Professor. Wabash College offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching two courses per academic year in scenic design, stagecraft, and other areas of expertise.
  • Designing scenery and props for three mainstage productions each academic year.
  • Performing the duties of Technical Director, in collaboration with the Scene Shop Supervisor:
    • Creating all technical shop drawings,
    • Guiding the scenic construction process through daily work in the scene shop,
    • Managing the annual budget for scenery and props, sourcing lumber and materials as needed,
    • Attending all technical rehearsals.
  • Mentoring and supervising students in the work of scenic design.
  • Supervising, training, and leading production crews and stage managers, in collaboration with directors.


An MFA with an emphasis in Theater Design, Scenic Design, Design and Technology, or Technical Direction is required. Previous college-level teaching experience is highly desirable.

In the midst of a strategic transformation to advance the success of first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families, Wabash College is committed to attracting and effectively supporting faculty from all backgrounds, including academically and culturally diverse faculty. More than 25% of our students are federal Pell Grant recipients, one-third of our students are first-generation college students, and about 20% of our students identify as domestic students of color. Wabash has been home to the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies for more than fifty years, is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, is a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and is a member of Colleges That Change Lives. Many students, staff, and faculty find the close-knit community of the residential college one of the most rewarding aspects of their time here.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current CV, a description of their teaching philosophy, a portfolio of production work, and contact information for three professional references. To apply, visit

Review of applications begins March 15, 2023, and continues until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is July 1, 2023. Questions about the position should be directed to James M. Cherry, Associate Professor and Chair of Theater, at

Wabash, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.


Ms. Julia Phipps
Academic Administrative Coordinator
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

Dr. James Cherry
Department Chair



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