Technical Director

POSTED: July 28, 2021

 

About Theatre for a New Audience

Founded in 1979, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is an award-winning off-Broadway LORT C theatre whose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama alongside other new work. TFANA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.

 

Values and Strategies:

We are guided in our work by five core values: a reverence for language, a spirit of adventure, a commitment to diversity, a dedication to learning, and a spirit of service. These values inform what we do with artists, how we interact with audiences, and how we manage our organization. Language is at the heart of all we do. We focus on the language and ideas of writers. We believe that hearing great language powerfully expressed improves our listening skills, opens our eyes, and deepens our perception and understanding of the world around us. We infuse our work with adventure—provocative ideas, visual boldness, and a sense that we are on a lifelong journey with Shakespeare and classic drama. We are committed to diversity—diverse approaches to dramatic material, diversity on our staff, in our casting and audiences, and multifaceted relationships with uniquely different communities. Learning is a fundamental principle of the Theatre, and we value learning as a process that takes place over time—a process that depends on our ability to promote curiosity, reflection, study, research and dialogue in all our work. We are dedicated to service. Inspired by our civic role, we seek to create broad public access and to bond the diverse New York community through the language, pleasure and ideas of classical drama. To advance our mission and values, Theatre for a New Audience:

· produces Shakespeare side by side with other plays of classic stature and major contemporary plays, creating a dialogue over centuries between Shakespeare and other authors about our contemporary world;

· builds long-term associations with artists and offers programs for their growth and ongoing development;

· promotes the humanities by presenting dynamic discussions with leading artists and intellects in a variety of fields in conjunction with the plays we present;

· programs for wide-ranging audiences—from connoisseurs of diverse repertory to young people who are seeing groundbreaking productions for the first time;

· promotes access for diverse audiences by offering economically-priced tickets;

· provides rich arts-in-education programs, including teacher training and one of the largest in-depth program in New York City to introduce Shakespeare to Public School students;

· uses its facilities and intellectual resources to serve the local artistic, educational and social communities where the Theatre operates, and contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships

 

Technical Director

The Technical Director will report to the Production Manager and manage a crew of overhire technicians. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative spirit and excel at working in teams and is skilled in all aspects of scenic construction, experienced in

complex rigging and automation, and knowledgeable about all areas of technical design, including lighting, sound, and projection.

The Technical Director also works closely with 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.

 

Job Highlights:

· 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 non-traditional hours, including frequent early morning, nights, and weekends as needed

· Comfortability lifting objects 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working at heights around 25’

Compensation: This is a full-time permanent position with a salary in the low to mid $60K’s. Benefits package available. This is an Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act and available immediately.

 

To Apply

Applicants for this position should send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

jobs@tfana.org

PLEASE PUT “Technical Director Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.

or

Technical Director Search

Theatre for a New Audience

154 Christopher Street, Suite 3D

New York, New York 10014

 


Upon submission you will be asked to complete a voluntary and anonymous demographic survey. This survey is completely separate from your application submission and cannot be traced back to you. While it is not a requirement, we appreciate responses because they help us learn which methods of outreach are most effective in reaching a diverse and qualified pool of candidates.

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.