The Technical Director position is responsible for all technical aspects of the theatre, including managing equipment, supervising/training users of lighting, sound, set construction, use and maintenance of stage facilities, overall organization of the technical process, as well as theatre operations such as materials research and purchasing, scheduling and supervising build crews, organizing strike and clean-up after productions, maintaining inventory of equipment and supplies, and the overall safety of users of the theatre.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Operates, maintains, and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communication equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
· Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs necessary for events and performances presented at facility in advance of production dates.
· Sets up, maintains, and operates lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions or projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.
· Supervises and assists with set and stage construction and management; insures sets are completed by Saturday of tech week for each show.
· Responsible for all cosmetic aspects of set, including scenic painting and finishing to meet design specifications.
· Manages recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows.
· Advises directors, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs.
· Works with Production Manager and show Director to establish timeline for each production; implements, manages, and communicates timeline to all interested parties.
· Attends all rehearsals during Technical Week to supervise and assist in technical aspects of mounting the show.
· Maintains inventory, recycles materials, and orders all supplies needed for technical theatre support.
· Keeps theatre, stage, dressing rooms, and storage areas clean, clutter-free, and organized.
· Acts as Safety Manager regarding users of equipment, stage facilities, dressing rooms, and facility security.
· Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and/or replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
· Makes recommendations to the Executive Director regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.
· Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facilities operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
· A team player who works closely and maintains good relationships with Board of Directors, Executive Director, Artistic and Education Director, Production Teams, Designers, Actors, Donors, Volunteers, and Patrons.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
· A thorough understanding of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry and set building; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
· A leadership approach that will create a positive, mutually supportive working relationship in the organization.
· Excellent teaching, management, supervision, and communication skills - both verbally and in writing.
· Experience in managing projects to meet or come in below budget and practicing sound fiscal stewardship.
· Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays
· Ability to lift or pull objects up to 100 lbs using appropriate tools, and a track record of workshop safety.
· Ability to articulate the value and importance of theatre education in both school and community settings.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
· Prefer a Bachelor’s Degree in technical theatre or a related field.
· Minimum 5 years experience as a Technical Director at a community or professional theatre of similar size or larger, and 5 years experience in set building, preferably as a Master Carpenter.
· Design and operator experience using lighting, sound and communications equipment.
· Involvement and interest in a successful theatre arts education program preferred.
· Ability to use Microsoft Office suite and other software specific for lighting, sound, and communications equipment.