Technical Director

Position: Technical Director
Reports to: Production Manager
Posted on Jan 21, 2022

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 alongside 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 scholars 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 reduced-priced tickets;
  • provides rich arts-in-education programs, including teacher training and the largest in-depth program to introduce Shakespeare in NYC Public schools;
  • contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships. For more information, visit


About the Position: Technical Director

The Technical Director will report to the Production Manager and manage a crew of overhire technicians. This role will work on-site at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the Theatre’s home in the Brooklyn Cultural District.

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 General Manager, Facilities Director, Theatre Manager, and Associate Producer to ensure the efficient and effective use of teams and successful execution of productions.


  • Supervise theatrical activity within the Mainstage 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.

Qualifications and Traits:

  • 3+ years of appropriate theatrical/technical experience, preferably in the NYC performing arts market
  • Extensive knowledge of technical theatre, 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
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Availability and ability to work some non-traditional hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends as needed
  • Comfort with lifting objects 50+ pounds regularly and be working at heights around 25’


This is a Full-Time permanent position. Compensation is commensurate with experience, salary range $59,000-$64,000 annually. Benefits include medical, Life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, and voluntary pre-tax programs for retirement (403[b]), dental, Transit and FSA. This is an Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, and available immediately

To Apply:

Applicants for this position should send a full cover letter and chronological resume (combined into one PDF):  with “Technical Director” in the subject line of the email.