The Technical Director is responsible for: 1) Producing all scenic elements and coordinating all technical elements involved in departmental productions, including plays, musicals and dance concerts in the Festival and Herbst Theatres, and special events such as ArtsGala. 2) Maintaining safe conditions and equipment in all theatre spaces and the department’s scene shop. 3) Training and supervising departmental students in the construction, installation and operation of all scenic elements in departmental productions.
Bachelor's degree in Technical Theatre or related field, and three years scenery construction experience in professional theatre OR 7 years of professional experience
Minimum of two years technical supervisory experience
Proven ability as a carpenter, draftsman, welder and theatre technician with experience in rigging and utilizing standard mechanical devices (electric winches, turntables, pneumatic cylinders, etc.)
Ability to communicate effectively with guest artists and colleagues
Ability to bid accurately and execute designs within a specific budget and schedule
Good communication skills and the ability to organize and direct student crews
Proven aptitude with Microsoft Office programs and AutoCAD or Vectorworks
Understanding of basic budgeting and bookkeeping practices
Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task
MFA in Technical Theatre Proficiency in AutoCAD
Essential Functions and percent of time::
30% Train and supervise students in technical production
20% Build scenery
15% Supervise all load-ins, strikes, technical and dress rehearsals of departmental productions, including special events
10% Plan construction and breakdown of scenery
10% Maintain safe working conditions in scene shop and theatre spaces, including tools, equipment and rigging systems
5% Work with designers and directors to approve final designs that adhere to budget and time constraints
5% Work with Production Manager and Artistic Director to coordinate theatre season
5% Other (production and area meetings, ordering and procuring supplies, tracking inventory, etc.)
A high degree of physical ability is associated with the Director position. She/he must be able to:
Stand throughout the work day with walking, bending, stooping and kneeling.
Heavy lifting (at least 50 pounds)
Work on a lift or ladder from heights up to 30 feet
Ability to work in an environment with a moderate to loud noise level
Sit for 2 or more hours at a time
Climb 3 flights of stairs
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