Department: Production
Reports to: Production Manager, Managing Director, EAD
Works with: Design and Production staff, Producing Associate
Manages: Scenic Overhire, Volunteers
Status: Contract
Salary: Fee per Production

Overview: 

The Technical Director is the main point of contact for the Scenic Department of Diversionary Theatre for the show(s) assigned and works closely with the Production Manager, Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director in fulfilling all duties and professional expectations. While on contract, the Technical Director maintains the inventory of Scenic tool, hardware, and inventory, and supports communication between the Production Manager, Scenic Designer, and Overhire staff on assigned show(s) at Diversionary. The Technical Director is responsible for making sure the build and load-in schedule is adhered to, and the needs of the scenic designer are met.  The Technical Director oversees and executes the construction of all scenic pieces as well as the installation and strike of all scenic pieces.

A key team member in maintaining the quality of the Diversionary experience, the Technical Director will also help preserve and keep clean the Scene Shop and Mainstage Theatre.

Technical Director Core Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assess and obtain a working knowledge of the script and confer with Play’s Director.
  • Attend all Production Meetings as scheduled by the Production Manager, where applicable.
  • In conference with Scenic Designer, Charge Artist, and Production Manager, purchase and obtain materials to construct the set within the specified budget limits.
  • Engage and schedule volunteer and over hire assistance from qualified individuals, for load-in, load-out, build and strike within the budget limit for each production.
  • Build and Oversee the construction of the set in conference with Scenic Designer, Director, Charge Artist, and Production Manager as indicated from the Scenic prelims (including draft of ground plan and set elevations) and Scenic finals (including set elevations, set model, updated ground plan, and paint elevations).  Technical Director may work from these materials as these due dates are met by Scenic Designer.
  • Periodically during rehearsals confer with Director, Scenic Designer, and Production Manager regarding all Scenic and over hire elements.
  • Supervise and lead in the installation of the Scenic elements with Scenic Designer over hire, and Production Manager, as well as attend Strike of the set on dates set forth by Production Manager.
  • Assist in returning the scenic shop to an organized and tidy condition after construction is finished.
  • Assist in returning the theatre to an organized and tidy condition upon completion of tech.
  • If preferable to building on site, transport pre-built segments of the set to Diversionary from elsewhere within the budget limit for each production.
  • Assist and complete Scenic notes within two days of request via Rehearsal Report, Performance Report, and/or Production Meeting Notes.

Expectations:

  • Contribute to a professional, friendly work environment for guest artists and designers that strengthens Diversionary and the business of theatre entertainment.
  • Remain current on technical advancements in design and production, and evolving best practices in production
  • Actively contribute to Diversionary Theatre’s overall image, brand and fulfillment of its mission

Diversionary Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women and people of color encouraged to apply. 

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Ryan Heath, Production Manager at ryan@diversionary.org. No phone calls please.