Technical Director

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Theatre for a New Audience – Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Brooklyn, NY

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), led by its founder and Artistic Director, Jeffrey Horowitz and Dorothy Ryan, Managing Director, is an award-winning LORT-C theatre producing Shakespeare alongside classical and contemporary plays, seeks an enthusiastic Technical Director. Located in Brooklyn and part of the Brooklyn Cultural District, Polonsky Shakespeare Center (PSC) opened in 2013. PSC has two spaces – the flexible and trapped 299-seat Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage and the 50- seat Theodore C. Rogers Studio.  The Technical Director will report to the Production Manager and manage a crew of overhire technicians. The ideal candidate will excel at working in teams, have strong skills in all aspects of scenic construction including complex rigging and automation, and be knowledgeable about all areas of technical design, including lighting, sound, and projection.

The Technical Director also works closely with the Artistic Director (who is TFANA’s Producer), the General Manager, Facilities Manager, Theatre Manager, and Associate Producer to ensure the efficient and effective use of teams and successful execution of productions.

Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise theatrical activity within the theater and its ancillary spaces and facilities
  • Generate working drawings for scenic elements and room configurations
  • Design and execute safe configuration and rigging for all moving and rigged set pieces
  • Maintain, inspect, and repair all theatrical systems and supplies, including all rigging, soft- goods, lighting, sound, and video equipment, and SteelDeck components
  • Evaluate and communicate costs and feasibility of designs to producers, including technical and engineering information.
  • Manage Load-ins, work calls, and strikes
  • Maintain scenic and rigging load-in schedule
  • Prepare bid packages for scene shops
  • Maintain policies to ensure and enforce safe work practices in all backstage and on-stage
  • Train freelance crew as necessary
  • Promote a collaborative, inclusive, and respectful working environment

Requirements:

  • 3+ years of appropriate theatrical/technical experience preferably in the NYC performing arts market
  • Extensive knowledge of technical theater, including all types of scenic construction, rigging, automation, as well as lighting, sound and projection components
  • Proficient in using AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks
  • Ability to read, understand, and discern information from technical and design drawings
  • Strong organizational, communication, and crew management skills
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple complex projects at once
  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Must work some non-traditional hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends as needed
  • Comfortable lifting objects 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working at heights around 25’

Compensation: This is a Full-Time permanent position. Compensation is commensurate with experience, salary range $59,000-$64,000 annually.  Benefits offered include medical, vision, Life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, Employee Assistance Program and voluntary pre-tax programs for retirement (403[b], Transit and FSA).

 

To Apply:
Applicants for this position should send chronological resume and separate detailed cover letter to jobs@tfana.org  with “Technical Director” in the subject line. 

Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.