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Artist in Residence in Lighting Design

Apply now Job no: 493621
Work type: Faculty (Non-Tenure Track)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Theatre & Dance
Division: Academic Affairs

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Position Summary:

The Rollins College Department of Theatre & Dance invites applications for an Artist in Residence in Lighting Design for a one-year, full-time, non-tenure track faculty teaching position, beginning fall term 2024. This position is open for potential renewal on a yearly basis. Extensive experience in theatrical lighting production and teaching experience required and an MFA in Lighting Design is required. Position includes 4/4 teaching load with course release for mainstage lighting design and production credits.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, designing, and collaborating with colleagues. Responsibilities include overseeing lighting design and design implementation for all productions in both departmental theatre spaces. In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach courses in their area(s) of expertise for both the major and the general education curriculum. Artists in Residence are eligible to apply for college funding to support travel and opportunities for professional development and are welcomed and encouraged to participate fully in Department and College life.

Additional expectations include:

  • Attends all design and production meetings to collaborate with Production Team for each production.
  • Produces original lighting designs for assigned productions and implements said design. Oversees the completion of all lighting needs including hang, focus, and strike for each production.
  • Attends all Theatre & Dance faculty/staff meetings.
  • Instructs and trains student lighting crews on use and handling of all lighting equipment.
  • Instructs and trains students to follow all relevant safety codes and standards including OSHA, ANSI, and Rollins Theatre safety protocols.
  • Manages all lighting production budgets and maintains all lighting equipment implementing repairs as needed, including yearly maintenance. Keeps track of/repairs lighting needs during performance weeks.
  • Maintains equipment, consumables, accessories, dimmers, and control systems for all theatres and the design classroom’s Yeager Lighting Lab.
  • Teaches courses, independent studies, and mentors students in the areas of Lighting Design, Master Electrician, and Technical Theatre production. Teaches in the Rollins general education rFLA program as needed.
  • Maintains after-hours on-call availability during the run of each production.
  • Meets all physical requirements of the position including, but not limited to, lifting up to 50lbs, working at above-floor-level heights including use of ladders and personnel lifts.
  • Performs other duties deemed reasonable to the position as assigned by the Director of Theatre, Academic Chair, or Production Manager.

The Rollins College Department of Theatre & Dance values embodied learning inside and outside the classroom, and celebrates all aspects of theatrical production as components of equal and complementary worth. We promote a healthy environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and civility. We seek to graduate empathetic and entrepreneurial students, curious about the world around them.

Founded in 1885, Rollins is Florida’s oldest recognized college. Rollins is an independent, comprehensive, residential liberal arts college.  The campus, noted for its lakefront beauty and for its unique location, is set in the residential community of Winter Park, just 15 minutes from one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers, Orlando. For the last 10 years, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rollins No. 1 or No. 2 among southern regional universities. Rollins is one of only 36 Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the world. For additional information, please visit the College website at

Minimum Qualifications & Education: 

  • Extensive experience in theatrical lighting production and teaching experience.
  • MFA in Lighting Design or commensurate professional experience in a related field.

Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants must apply online via the College's employment website and upload the following materials as follows:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (including approach to mentoring lighting design students)
  4. Link to portfolio or website
  5. Provide three reference names and email addresses on application

**Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.**

Questions about this position may be directed to:
Missy Barnes, Search Committee Chair

About Rollins College:

Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. to learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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