Technical Director
Williamstown, MA Scene Shop
Job Type
Full-time
Description

POSITION:   Technical Director    

CLASSIFICATION:  Seasonal - Full Time

STATUS:   Exempt

REPORTS TO:   Scenery Supervisor 

SUPERVISES:  Scenery Staff 

LOCATION:   Williamstown, MA

COMPENSATION: $1100-$1500 Weekly 

HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until filled with a priority application deadline of 3/4/2024. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting 3/4/2024 with an anticipated start date of 06/03/24 and end date of 8/17/24.

JOB SUMMARY: 

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, renowned for its commitment to artistic excellence, is seeking a skilled and passionate Technical Director to join our team for the 2024 Season. Reporting to the Scenery Supervisor, this role is integral within the production department, overseeing the technical aspects of scenic designs for multiple productions. The position will begin remotely on a part-time basis starting April 15th.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Scenic Execution:

  • Oversee the build process, installation, and operation of scenic elements during load-in, technical rehearsals, and performances. 
  • Develop plans for the load-in and strike of scenic elements that ensures an efficient and timely process. 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues related to scenery as they arise. Perform any maintenance as needed.
  • Work with the Scenery Supervisor to ensure scenic design elements are in compliance with any applicable safety standards and protocols.
  • Oversee the construction and sourcing of specialty scenic elements. 
  • Assist in the load-in and load-out of campus spaces, including offices and workspaces, equipment counting, and off-season storage.

Team Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with scenic designers and the scenic team to interpret and implement scenic designs for multiple productions.
  • Address and resolve any schedule or labor issues with the rest of the production team.
  • Work closely with the Scenery Supervisor and other production department heads to ensure seamless integration of scenic elements into the overall production design.
  • Assist in the training and mentorship of scenic team members and seasonal staff, fostering a culture of continuous learning and skill development.
  • Embrace the Festival’s commitment to EDIA and Anti-Racism by actively participating in and encouraging behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect; interrupting microaggressions and other behaviors that hinder our EDIA and Anti-Racism efforts; engaging in the diversification of the workforce; demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that encourages healthy relationships with all company members.

Management:

  • Coordinate with the Scenery Supervisor to set work schedules for the scenic team, ensuring adequate coverage during load-ins, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Assist in tracking scenic department budgets, materials purchasing, and equipment maintenance.
  • Ensure that safe working practices are maintained in any facilities used by the scenery department staff, adhering to all festival safety protocols.
  • Partake in season debrief meetings and create documentation of notes that will better serve the position and scenery department next summer.
  • Customarily and regularly direct the work of two or more other employees, and whose suggestions and recommendations as to the advancement, promotion, or any other change of status of other employees are given particular weight.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not require a specific number of years of experience or have a minimum for educational credentials. 
  • Proven experience as a Technical Director in a professional theatre setting, demonstrating expertise in scenic design execution for various theatrical productions.
  • In-depth knowledge of scenic construction techniques, materials, and systems.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and management skills, with a track record of working with diverse teams in a supportive and collaborative environment. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic production environment, with the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timelines.
  • Must be able to work long shifts on feet.
  • An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
Salary Description
$1,100-$1,500/week