Technical Director

Technical Director

Full time, Exempt
Reports to Production Manager

Overview

The role of the Technical Director is to serve as a liaison between the scenic designer, the artistic staff, the scene shop, and all other production areas. They are responsible for the supervision and coordination of the scene shop and all aspects of scenic engineering, budgeting, drafting, construction, load-in/out for ATC productions in both Tucson and Phoenix.

The scene shop staff supervised by the Technical director consists of: an assistant technical director, master carpenter, four carpenters, and overhire on an as-needed basis.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with scenic designer, director, and production manager to achieve a design that can be realized within budget and schedule;
  • Maintain communication with designers and relate design information to production staff;
  • Plan construction techniques, special requirements, and coordination of interdepartmental production elements;
  • Coordinate and execute all scenery construction including drafting, engineering, and installation;
  • Coordinate and maintain the build schedule in regards to the flow of the scene shop build and in conjunction with other shop areas;
  • Assist production management with the coordination of load-in, remount, and strike schedules for each production;
  • Supervise load-ins, remounts, and strikes for all ATC productions;
  • Direct and oversee overhire crews and interns when applicable;
  • Attend all production and staff meetings, rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and preview performances as requested by the production manager;
  • Assist on other ATC special events or programs as assigned by Production Management;
  • Acquire and manage inventory of materials and equipment as needed for productions;
  • Supervise the daily operation of the scene shop;
  • Process all necessary human resources and accounting paperwork in a timely manner, including overhire and new hire paperwork, timesheets, accident reports, financial records, and spending reports;
  • Enforce all safety guidelines and protocols;
  • Supervise and maintain shop vehicles;
  • Maintain ATC machinery, tools, bulk inventory, and scenic/show inventory and assist with shop facility maintenance;
  • Participate in season planning, which includes reading scripts, preliminary budgeting, and preliminary scheduling;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Self-motivated, energetic, and an effective and efficient communicator;
  • Attentive to detail, accountable, and deadline-oriented;
  • Able to uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, optimism, and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting;
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of regional theatre management experience or large-scale scene shop;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in scenery construction and engineering;
  • Proficient computer knowledge including Microsoft Word, Excel, and CAD skills, with the ability to generate clear and concise drawings;
  • Skilled with all hand and power tools, scenic carpentry, rigging, and welding techniques;
  • Demonstrated experience with design and maintenance of scenery automation;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work as a team member and present a positive attitude;
  • Must be able to multitask multiple projects, maintain organization, and be detail-oriented;
  • Eligibility to obtain a valid driver’s license;
  • Frequent overtime and long days, long periods of sitting and standing;
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • Short Phoenix residencies required based on production schedules.

This is a full-time position. Due to the nature of professional theatre, periodic evening and weekend work is expected. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

For a confidential conversation, and to learn more about the opportunity, please contact Jennifer Smith, Production Manager at jsmith@arizonatheatre.org. Submit resume and cover letter, with three professional references, via email only to Chris Gerling, Associate Production Manager, at cgerling@arizonatheatre.org. To learn more about Arizona Theatre Company, please visit arizonatheatre.org. Click here to view this listing as a PDF.

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or national origin.

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