General Technician in Residence

  • Interlochen, MI
  • Contract

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

The presentations program is one of the institution’s core assets in arts education, arts presentations and public broadcasting.


The Interlochen Arts Festival was created by Interlochen founder Joseph Maddy with inaugural performances of Van Cliburn in 1961, and residencies of the Philadelphia Orchestra beginning in 1964, becoming one of the first regional presenters to bring world renowned artists to outdoor performance venues.  Maddy believed that the students of Interlochen needed to see the world’s best artists performing side by side with them.  Now entering its 48th year and renamed to represent its year round program, IP is one of the largest presenters in the Midwest, bringing a broad range of over 450 student and 100 professional/paid performances and exhibitions throughout the year to more than 250,000 participants from the region and around the globe, with nearly $2 million in annual revenue, and a net profit approaching 40%.  Net proceeds from Presentations support student scholarships.  With more than 150 guest artists and artists in residence on the Interlochen campus each year, this position plays a key role in shaping the artistic climate and environment of this extraordinary multi-generational arts community.


Interlochen Presentations has grown significantly over the last seven years.  In 2005, as audiences and net profit sagged with the growth of competing presenters (casinos, small regional classical “festivals), a strategic planning effort recommended reducing the number of summer “main stage” events in the summer from 24-28 to 12-16, diversifying the offerings, and providing fewer but higher quality options to the regional audience.  With the arrival of Derek Kwan as director in 2007, Kwan quickly diversified into other areas of audience interest: comedy, family shows, dance, world music and the Shakespeare Festival.  Midway during Kwan’s tenure Design and Production services (stagecraft, design and construction, costumes) that reported to the Director of Theater Arts, was combined with Presentations, which included lighting, sound/audio and front of house, to provide a seamless, coordinated Presentations programming and services to all Interlochen artistic needs--music, opera, dance, theater, motion picture arts, and all performances.


Ticket sales have been consistently stable and grown during this time, bucking the national trend during a period of deep recession and high gas prices.  Presentations has also been able to capture patron interest from the strong and growing tourism traffic in the Traverse City region, which has become a “destination” for many in the Midwest with the advent of an active food/restaurant and viti-culture, film (Michael Moore’s film festival draws 100,000 visitors), and some of America’s best beaches! 


Job Description

This position exists to fulfill the need to complete general skills such as carpentry, lighting, sound, video and general stage work for Interlochen Presents productions. 

Productions are held in seven different facilities within Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Responsibilities include general production work in staging, lighting, sound, carpentry, and rigging.  Other responsibilities include load-in and load-out of Arts Festival shows, equipment maintenance, and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an area pertinent to technical theater or equivalent professional experience. 
  • Experience working with school aged children is preferred
  • Collaborative and creative spirit required 

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is an academic contract position for second semester at IAA, salary is $6,500.00 and includes a one bedroom living environment with three meals a day during cafeteria operating hours.


Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.


The search will remain open until filled.  The review of applications will be ongoing.