The Technical Director is responsible for purchasing construction materials, supervising the building of scenery, transporting set pieces from the shop to the theatre stage, mounting the scenery onstage, overseeing the work of the scenic crews during rehearsals and performances, and maintaining the shop’s equipment and supplies. In addition they must order the materials and build the scenery. The technical director will read scale plans supplied by the scenic designer. Generate necessary working drawings for construction, provide budget estimations, research and purchase materials. Schedule and supervise build crews, coordinate load-ins, and organize the strike and clean-up for the production. The Technical Director will supervise the production staff.
● Shop and project management experience
● Technical personnel management experience
● Budgeting experience
● Carpentry of sets and props
● CAD drafting abilities (AutoCAD, Vectorworks)
● Experience with rigging, some welding skills, painting (sets and props)
● General knowledge of Lighting (programming and rigging), sound design, and costuming
● Working knowledge of technical effects and electrical engineering
● Time management
- Meet with the scenic designer and the producer to discuss designer drawings, budget information, and any other special considerations that the show or the shop may need.
- You must attend any production meetings called by the producer or scenic designer. During these meetings you will discuss the progress of the build as a whole and the show budget.
- Create a scenic component break down and complete a structural analysis of all set pieces.
- Compile a list of all materials.
- Contact vendors and get current prices on all materials needed. Complete a cost out.
- Meet with the producer to discuss cost out, and then schedule a time to meet with the scenic designer to discuss cost out.
- Submit all material orders to the departmental technical director including delivery dates and any other specifics that you may have.
- Verify the quantity and quality of all material received.
- Meet with the producer and discuss a build schedule. This schedule will include scenery start, finish, paint, and complete dates.
- Create working drawings for each scenic component specifying the way it would be constructed. Construction drawings should be clear and communicate all information to correctly build each unit.
- Be at the shop on time every workday to answer questions that arise. Clearly walk through the workday with the producer.
- Coordinate with all production team members to discuss potential challenges associated with the build and load-in.
- Build and load in set while coordinating with interns and production staff. After load in, concentrate on dressing and detail work.
- Attend all tech rehearsals. Every night before call, work through additions and deletions with the stage manager.
- Once the build is complete, meet with the producer to discuss strike. Decide what will be saved and what will be thrown away, along with specific storage needs.
- Meet with production team members to create a strike schedule that will allow for everyone’s needs.
- Supervise the strike of the set.
- Return all items to storage and break down sets in the shop if not needed for re-use.
- Maintain a clean and organized shop at all times.
- Inventory tools and shop supplies at all times. Work with the producer on a list of supplies needed and any tools that need to be added or replaced
To apply email your rsesume and a cover letter to:
Brian McKinley, firstname.lastname@example.org