Technical Director

Virginia Stage Company

The premier professional theatre in southeastern Virginia

Norfolk, VA

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Norfolk, VA (Remote)
  • Sun, Oct 1, 2023
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Theater
  • $44,000.00
  • $49,000.00

Website Virginia Stage Company

The premier professional theatre in southeastern Virginia

A key position of the Virginia Stage Company, the Technical Director (TD) directly manages the Scenic Department and coordinates with all Production departments. The TD leads the scene shop in a safe execution and implementation of scenery for the stage, ensuring the process is completed successfully, and within the allotted time, budget, and scope. The TD is responsible for stewarding a workplace that is in alignment with Virginia Stage Company’s mission and values.

● In collaboration with Scenic Designers, the TD estimates, budgets, and tracks all expenditures of the
scene shop and stage operations.
● Process all necessary human resources and accounting paperwork in a timely manner, such as
timesheets, accident reports, spending requests, and expense reports.
● Reports an updated budget weekly to the Production Manager

● Collaborates with staff to fulfill all institutional goals
● Attend design presentations, production meetings, tech note sessions, run-throughs, rehearsals, and
previews as assigned.

Management and Scheduling:
● Collaborates with the Production Manager to assure that each production is installed on time and within budget.
● Collaborates closely with the other department managers in the safe, cost-efficient, and timely
construction, load-in, and strike of each production or event.
● Collaborates with the other department managers to ensure scheduling of stage time, needs concerning
the construction, and modifications needed to help any other department.
● Works with each department manager to ensure a timely load-in of each production.
● Ensures that all shop personnel are trained in the proper use and maintenance of all power tools and
mechanics necessary for daily use in the shop.
● Oversees the inventory and maintenance of all stock scenery, soft goods, and saved scenic units.
● Ensures inventory of construction materials, hardware, and expendables needed for each production as
well as yearly upkeep for the scene shop.

Safety and Cleanliness:
● Oversees rigging necessary for each event to make certain the safe installation of all overhead
mechanics, automation, and flown scenery.
● Oversees routine inspection and maintenance of all equipment.
● Maintains a clean and safe workspace for all personnel.

Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:
● Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver multiple projects on time and
on budget with an eye to artistic excellence.
● Must demonstrate communication skills in order to collaborate effectively with a vast array of artists, technicians, and administrators with diverse backgrounds.
● Ability to manage a team effectively and efficiently, delegating tasks based on team members’ skills and competency.
● Knowledge of modern theatrical construction methods including rigging, pneumatics, and structures along with a wide variety of materials and skills such as carpentry, welding, rigging, sewing, etc.
● Must maintain a safe and orderly working environment.

Education and Experience
● 3 – 5 years of experience in a leadership role, such as a Scenic Shop Foreman, Assistant Technical Director and/or Technical Director in the theatre or related field.
● Proficiency in Vectorworks, AutoCAD, or other CAD software.
● While not required, experience with ETC Foundation Rigging Control software is a plus.

Physical Demands/Work Environment
● Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
● Ability to spend significant time working on a computer
● Frequent standing, walking, bending, use of hands, stooping, and heavy lifting may also be required.
● Working at height on ladders and personnel lifts may be necessary

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