Technical Director (Regular/Full-Time)
Department: Alliance Theatre – Production
Reports To: Director of Production
Employment Status: 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 Technical Director (TD) of the Alliance Theatre (AT) leads 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 AutoCAD. The TD may lead the build of extremely complex projects, including commercially enhanced musicals. 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:
• Direct reports include:
o Assistant Technical Director
o Shop Supervisor
o Charge Scenic Artist
o Scenic Artist
o Additional labor hired as needed
• Actively participating in team building. Fostering a work environment of artistic excellence; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and financial responsibility
• Hiring of all Scene Shop personnel
• Helping to create and oversee the annual budget for the Scenery and Paints Department and the scheduling of the Scene Shop
• Maintaining records of expenses on each project
• Responsible for staying within prescribed budgets
• Designing technical solutions to the general safety, movement, function, and structure of scenic elements.
• Drafting shop working drawings for all AT productions in conjunction with the Assistant Technical Director.
• Directing the safe and timely manufacture, installation, and strike or storage of all scenic elements.
• Supervising load-in, technical rehearsals, and preview performance work schedules for scenic staff.
• Developing shift plots, with the Stage Operations Manager and stage management.
• Working with the Stage Operations Manager to develop and execute soft good hang plots and rigging of scenery.
• Long range planning for the scenic department, including anticipating personnel, scheduling, and equipment needs.
• Ensuring the general safety of all Scene Shop operations and overseeing the compliance with all safety regulations.
• Attending all design presentations, production meetings, department heads meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances in conjunction with the Assistant Technical Director.
• Maintaining Scene Shop tools and equipment, manufacturing spaces, and office.
• Providing technical support for all in-house functions, parties and special events, as necessary.
• Upholding the artistic standards and achieving the artistic vision of the Alliance Theatre.
Additional Responsibilities May Include:
• Generating, updating, and distributing technical specifications about the facilities to scenic and lighting designers.
• Assisting in loading and unloading of scenery.
• Other duties as assigned by production management.
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.
Education and Experience:
• Five or more years of experience in related positions; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.
• Substantial knowledge of leadership, teamwork, and management principles for a diverse staff.
Skills and Abilities:
• 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.
• Ability to balance scale and scope of productions with designers and production management while allocating, and advocating for, appropriate time and resources needed by employees to realize designers’ visions.
• 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 lead, inspire, and supervise employees to get work done efficiently and safely, including appropriate delegation to keep the flow of work moving.
• Must have complete proficiency and demonstrable experience using AutoCAD 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 commonly used in the theater 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 materials and labor budgets to keep projects within an acceptable timeframe, budget, and scope.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and maintain complex accounting 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.
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).
• Some work at heights on ladders and personnel lifts is necessary.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.