Lead Technician
Job Type

About Second Stage Theater

At Second Stage, we create and champion plays and musicals solely from living American writers. On our mainstage Broadway theater, the Hayes, and in our two Off Broadway theaters over the past 40 years, we have developed and presented over 200 daring and provocative theatrical experiences by working with countless artists who have contributed their talents to our award-winning productions. As the only Broadway company exclusively devoted to living American writers Second Stage is dedicated to introducing the world to bold and diverse voices of American creativity. 

Job Description

The Second Stage Theater Production Management department is seeking a full time, seasonal Lead Technician for the Kiser Theater Off-Broadway. The Lead Technician serves as the representative from the Production office at the Kiser for all technical rehearsals and performances. The Lead Technician is a working member of the stage crew and is responsible for leading load-in and installation of scenery, props, and other stage elements, as well as hiring, supervising, and training additional crew members. The Lead Technician will oversee to scenery, automation, and rigging. Lead Technician may participate in other areas of production, working with appropriate department heads in props, electrics, sound, and video.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Review technical specifications for bidding scenery
  • Hire carpentry crew for load-in 
  • Lead carpentry crew to safely load-in and install scenery
  • In conjunction with Production Management hire, train, and oversee run crew for performances
  • Serve as Production Carpenter for all productions at the Kiser
  • As Production Carpenter, answer technical questions about all scenic and prop elements
  • In conjunction with Production address all safety needs and concerns in the Kiser Theater
  • Organization, maintenance, and storage of the Kiser Theater Production inventory
  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of all production spaces in the Kiser Theater
  • In conjunction with facilities department, address building issues during performances, as needed
  • Respond to and answer notes from the performance reports and Stage Management teams
  • Coordinate work calls and repairs for physical production elements
  • Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes, if required
  • Any other production related duties as assigned


Skills & Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment 
  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints.
  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans and paperwork
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential
  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration with designers, directors, artists and stage managers
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot

Additional Information

This is a full-time position. Tuesday - Sunday with evenings and weekends “show schedule” required. 

Compensation: Base salary starting at $70,000 annually 

Benefits: Second Stage offers a full benefits package including vacation, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance and long-term disability coverage upon eligibility.

Second Stage values diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and is an inclusive employer.

Second Stage is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please visit www.2st.com.

Salary Description
Base salary starting at $70,000 annually