Job Title: Technical Director
Department: Scene Shop
Reports To: Producing Director
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-time
Pay Tier: 7
Compensation: $70k-$75k/year, competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary supplemental benefits, 401(k), vacation, sick time, parental leave and paid holidays.
Desired Start Date: As soon as practicable
Trinity Repertory Company seeks a highly motivated and skilled technical director. The technical director is a key part of the Trinity Repertory Company production staff. This individual ensures the successful interpretation, engineering, rigging, realization, and safety of all scenic elements while maintaining a safe working environment for all. The technical director will serve as a safety officer and facilities manager within the department and will work to ensure a safe working environment in both scene shop and theater spaces. This position also alternates coverage at technical rehearsals with the stage supervisor; this requires some weekend and evening availability. The ideal candidate will embrace a commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by acting as an internal advocate in growing the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion skills of the Scenic Department employees and modeling inclusive behavior.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coordinates work schedules with all production departments
- Evaluates budget, mechanical, and logistic feasibility
- Generates working drawings for the scene shop
- Distributes technical ground plans and sections to technical departments and stage management
- Collaborates with other production departments on rigging plot and provides specifications on rigging methods to Stage Supervisor as well as location of scenic pick points
- Works closely with Scenic Artist to analyze, plan and schedule shared work
- Maintains clear and consistent communication with other production departments to ensure successful integration of technical elements of shows
- Prices and purchases tools and construction materials
- Provides samples and photos as needed to designers and directors
- Assists designers with knowledge about use and capability of theater’s physical plant
- Maintains ongoing communication with designers to support and execute designs that maintain a high artistic standard and keeps designs within resources of time, labor, materials, and budget
- Oversees organization of warehouse with props supervisor, costume shop director, and scenic artist
- Trains run crews in proper methods of operating, moving, storing and maintaining scenic elements
- Provides input to upper management regarding future capital projects and improvements
- Brings a sense of collaboration with collective incentive and drive for the team working on each production
- Support Trinity Rep in fostering our core values of Company, Community, and Education and in our work to become an anti-racist institution
- Other duties as assigned
Oversee, manage, and lead scenery build, install, and strikes with 5 full-time direct reports of various skill levels and occasional over-hire technicians. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting in interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; employee performance appraisal and development; and maintaining a safe and respectful work environment.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Five or more years professional theater or event employment in related positions; interest and/or involvement in an arts related enterprise; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex projects on time, on budget, and in a safe and efficient way
- Must possess written and verbal communication skills and be able to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, technicians and administrators with diverse backgrounds
- Must have complete proficiency and demonstrable experience using AutoCAD. Working knowledge of Vectorworks is a plus
- Possess a working knowledge of MIG welding, plasma cutting, and oxy/acetylene welding, with ability to train staff on same
- Proficient knowledge of scenic construction techniques and materials
- Skilled in stage rigging and techniques
- Ability to handle situations involving electrical, scenic and mechanical risks
- Knowledge of proper drapery sewing techniques is a plus
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other cloud-based software
- Embraces a commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by acting as an internal advocate in growing the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion skills of the Scenic Department employees and modeling inclusive behavior
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to work on your feet and regularly ascend and descend stairs
- Ability to set up and work on extension ladders and scaffolding
- Ability to work safely at heights of up to 20’
- Ability to move, position, and install objects weighing up to 35 lbs
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Schedule includes regular nights and weekends
- The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high
- The light level in the work environment ranges from light to dark
- Trinity Rep is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams
- Trinity Rep is on an active and ongoing journey to be anti-racist organization, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice, and equity
- This position does not require travel
- All work for this position is required to be completed in person
- Trinity Rep requires all staff to be fully vaccinated, including the bivalent booster shot, against COVID-19
Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For information about Trinity Rep’s commitment to antiracism, please visit trinityrep.com/antiracism.
ABOUT TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY
Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating productions and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Whether classical or contemporary, all of Trinity Rep’s productions connect audiences with the play and each other in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for 40+ years and made memories for over a million audience members. Trinity Rep shapes the future of the nation’s theater through the development and production of new plays, as well as the tuition-free Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program – one of the leading programs for actor and director training in the world.
Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection through its commitment to forming meaningful community partnerships, creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, delivering exceptional customer service, and connecting patrons with its resident company of artists. Trinity Rep has resolved to place antiracism at the center of its work, and has embarked on a robust planning process to develop and implement a bold new vision for theater making, education, and community engagement, founded on the principles of genuine equity and antiracism.
Located in downtown Providence, Trinity Rep has long been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region. Typically employing over 250 artists, educators, and administrators, the organization generates nearly $21 million in direct and indirect economic activity annually. It is one of 76 theaters nationwide with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theaters), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies.
Learn more at www.trinityrep.com/about/.