Assistant Technical Director ( Regular/Full-Time)
The Alliance Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relations efforts, education programs, recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors.
The Alliance Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) of the Alliance Theatre (AT) assists the Technical Director (TD) to lead the scene and paint shops in supporting the directors’ and designers’ visions related to scenery within the allotted time, budget, and scope, while managing the shop employees and maintaining values of artistic excellence; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and fiscal responsibility. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated background in theatrical technical direction, experience leading a high-functioning team, and a high level of proficiency in CAD drafting. The ATD is expected to take on a leadership role in the production of scenery in the shop and the installation of scenery in the theatrical space. The Alliance Theatre produces 11 shows annually, including LORT B and D stage, and Theatre for Young Audiences productions.
- Typically, Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, but late nights and weekends are common during tech and preview process (40 hours – 60 hours/week).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Scene Shop Supervisor
- Additional labor hired as needed
- Actively participating in team building. Fostering a work environment of artistic excellence; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and financial responsibility.
- Creating budget estimates and reports per production as assigned by the TD.
- Sourcing and purchasing materials.
- Maintaining records of and reporting all purchases.
- Exercising fiscal responsibility and accountability in purchasing materials.
- Working independently to design technical solutions for the general safety, movement, function, and structure of scenic elements as assigned by the TD.
- Drafting shop working drawings for all AT productions as assigned by the TD.
- Taking a leadership role in the load in and strike of all productions, managing multiple teams as they execute tasks under the overall direction of the TD.
- Taking an active role in the general safety of all Scene Shop operations and overseeing the compliance with all safety regulations.
- Attending design presentations, production meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances as assigned by the Technical Director.
- In conjunction with the Scene Shop Supervisor, maintaining Scene Shop tools and equipment, manufacturing spaces, and office.
- Assist with technical support for all in-house functions, parties and special events, as necessary.
- Assisting in loading and unloading of scenery, assisting in trucking scenery to and from theatrical spaces.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Upholding the artistic standards and achieving the artistic vision of the Alliance Theatre.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:
- Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget, in a safe and efficient manner, with artistic excellence.
- Must demonstrate superior written and verbal communication skills and be fluent in collaborating with a wide variety of artists, technicians, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, including people with demanding artistic talents and personalities.
- Ability to manage multiple teams efficiently and capably delegate tasks based on a team members skills and abilities.
- Must have complete proficiency and demonstrable experience using CAD (AutoCAD/Vectorworks) to create scenery construction drawings.
- Must have knowledge of advanced modern theatrical scenic construction methods including rigging, hydraulics, pneumatics, theatrical automation, engineering, and structures to use in technical designs.
- Knowledge of a wide variety of construction materials to implement in technical designs and knowledge of appropriate use.
- Skills in carpentry, welding, rigging, and sewing to draw upon when engineering technical designs.
- Skills in preparing budgets to keep projects within an acceptable timeframe and within budget.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and maintain complex spreadsheets.
- Embraces a commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by acting as an internal advocate in growing the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion skills of Scenic Department employees and modeling inclusive behavior.
Education and Experience:
- Three or more years of experience in related positions; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 80% office work at a computer (option to sit or stand).
- 20% standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and heavy lifting (at least 75 pounds).
- Work at heights on ladders and personnel lifts is necessary.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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ABOUT THE ALLIANCE THEATRE:
Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. The Alliance has premiered more than 100 productions, including eight that have transferred to Broadway. The Alliance Theatre Education Department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps and in-school initiatives with programs including the Palefsky Collision Project and the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young. The Alliance nurtures the careers of artists through programs including the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing a premiere for the winner, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental resources for projects devised by local artists. The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theatre, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. www.alliancetheatre.org