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Working closely with students and staff as well as working independently. Educating students in: basic power tools, basic construction and installation of scenery, painting, painting techniques, various tools and applications of paint including faux finishes. Encouraging students to embrace current skills and applying them to basic applications as well as developing skills into marketable trades.
Primary complication was, unfortunately, working with the TD. However, if you can work with him, you can work with just about anyone. Newest and biggest problem is that the school is downsizing the theater department to focus on the Virtual 3D Lab. The job used to be $18.50 per hour for 18 hours a week with full benefits (even I was surprised about that!). Now, the job is less than $15 and hour for 15 hours of work and benefits have been cut. Last I heard (almost a year ago), the position was going to be cut from the program and all responsibilities handed over to the TD.
Advice to Management
If you are downsizing the department due to lack of interest in the program, that is understandable. However, many students whom could not afford a full Bachelors program used that program as a stepping stone into a 4 year institution. If turnover is what is bothering you, offer an opportunity for a technical focus. Technical degrees in theater are hard to come by anymore and are desperately needed.
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