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Technical Director (Part-Time) – Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

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    April Forrer

    Now Hiring: Technical Director (Part-Time)
    July 17, 2019

    Children’s Theatre of Annapolis seeks a Technical Director (TD) to lead and/or oversee all technical aspects of production for three mainstage productions, including sets, lighting, and sound operations.

    Position Status: Part-time; hourly commitment dependent on status of production

    Location: Annapolis, Md.

    Organization Profile

    Children’s Theatre of Annapolis (CTA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1959 dedicated to nurturing the growth and development of the love of theatre in children age 5 to 18 through participation in all aspects of the theatrical experience, including performance, workshops, technical elements, community involvement, and apprenticeships. CTA serves both the child and the community.

    Position Summary

    The Technical Director oversees all technical aspects of production for mainstage productions (in a season of three mainstage productions, annually), including sets, lighting, and sound operations, and provide strategic support to special events in the theatre, modeling a professional approach to technical production as needed and ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for student-centered learning and volunteer engagement in a tight-knit arts community.

    Essential Responsibilities & Functions

    Serve as primary Scene Shop Manager, taking a hands-on lead in building and in supervising student and parent volunteer shop crews—develop and implement a hands-on training program to build a pool of volunteer technical support to build scenery for the Mainstage Season.

    Maintain a safe and organized work environment in the scene shop. Address safety hazards with appropriate personnel promptly, ensure that the tools are in good working condition, track and inventory paints and other goods and order stock materials as needed.

    Schedule, supervise, and train student and volunteer carpenters and run crews.

    With the input of the Executive Producers(s) and appropriate technical staff, analyze all designs proposed for production season to determine feasibility of execution within the allotted time, budget, and personnel available.

    Create working drawings from the set designer or director’s renderings, craft a build-and-installation plan, lead a team of students & volunteers and, when needed, overhire technicians to complete sets in a timely manner.

    Consult designers on choice of material, finish, and method of the build; purchase all material needed for the scenic and lighting/sound designs.

    Steward technical safety at load-ins leading up to and during rehearsal periods for the Mainstage Season.

    Coordinate and ensure realization of other technical aspects of production, including lighting, sound, costume, and prop design, in tandem with both paid designers and volunteer committee chairs.

    Coordinate post-production strike and cleanup of all facilities, materials and equipment.

    Coordinate with the Theatre Operations Manager to designate time for rental groups to build in the Scene Shop, supervised by the Theatre Operations Manager, following protocols set by the TD.

    Participate in the Production cohort and feed a collaborative, respectful work climate that helps to support the educational and artistic values of the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.

    Attend all Production Meetings and lead discussions of D&P requirements as needed.

    Attend first onstage rehearsal with scenery present to orient cast and crew (safety walk).

    Schedule and work with volunteers primarily during evening and weekend hours to facilitate the construction of scenery.

    Desired Education, Experience, and Skills

    Has received or is pursuing a BA/BFA in Technical Direction; or MFA in relevant D&P category

    Minimum of two years relevant professional experience including as Shop Foreman or ATD in a University setting

    Ability to create and manage build/load-in schedules, to manage budgets, and to effectively build for a mid-sized season with auxiliary events

    Commitment to mentoring and/or education

    Ability to multitask and collaborate

    Ability to think creatively to overcome design challenges, with limited budgetary resources

    Required expertise in current practices of the field, including: Stage carpentry, rigging, safe operation of fly systems; AutoCAD/ Vectorworks, audio, lighting and automation/motor control; ability to lift 50+ pounds and climb 18-foot straight extension ladder; readiness to spec labor and materials ranging from scenery to soft goods, furniture to props. Word, Excel, Google Calendar and/or other calendar-based programs


    Seasonal, part-time contract of $3,000 for each of the three shows for a total fiscal year (July 1-June 30) compensation of $9,000.

    Please note: applications for a partial season-commitment will not be considered.

    To Apply

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to ctapublicity@gmail.com. No phone calls, please. Benefits include paid leave, partial teleworking opportunities, mileage reimbursement, and cell phone allowance. The position will be open until filled but applications received by August 10, 2019, will receive priority.

    Children’s Theatre of Annapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTA will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. CTA does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or genetics.

    Please Note: Requirements, skills, and abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive.

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