Assistant Technical Director

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Feb 25, 2022

Over eight weeks this summer (June-August), Bard SummerScape, a multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard, returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, staged for in-person audiences from Bard’s idyllic 1,000-acre campus and its Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center while adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols.

The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is responsible for assisting the Technical Director in the preparation, organization and safe execution of the scenery for either the theater or opera production during the Bard SummerScape Festival.

Reporting directly to the Fisher Center’s Technical Director, the ATD works with professional and student labor, other members of the FC Production Department, commercial scene shops and various vendors to ensure that all scenic elements are executed on time, on budget and in alignment with and in service to the FC’s artistic mission.

This is a seasonal position from approximately early June to early August 2022, non-exempt (overtime-eligible), paid hourly at a rate range of $23-26/hr, depending on experience level. Hours will average 35–40 hours/week, with the potential for overtime.

This position requires local residence; if needed, campus housing will be provided free of charge.


-Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.

-Assist the Technical Director in creating labor and material estimates and budgets.

-Assist the Technical Director in creating load in and strike schedules and plans.

-Supervise professional and student crews in conjunction with the Technical Director.

-Assist the Technical Director in the training of student labor.

-Work with the Technical Director to ensure safe, organized and efficient working areas in the scene shop, the theaters and production storage areas including offsite storage.

-Maintain tools and equipment and assist in making physical improvements as needed.

-Assist with the purchasing of scenic materials and supplies including shop supplies.

-Assist with the organization and maintenance of stock scenery and props.

-Assist in the technical design of scenery.

-Serve on run crews as needed.

-Assist the Technical Director in bidding shows to commercial scenery shops.

-Participate in Production Meetings, staff meetings and design meetings as needed.

-Other duties as assigned by the Technical Director and Director of Production.

Company-Wide Responsibilities:

-The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
-Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism.
-Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture.


-At least 3 years experience in technical direction experience, preferably with supervisory duties.

-A broad skill base and knowledge in areas such as carpentry, welding, engineering and automation.

-Familiarity with theatrical rigging practices, chain motors, counterweight systems, load tolerances and rigging safety procedures.

-Knowledge of standard theatrical construction methods.

-Familiarity with the Google App suite, Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD.

-Familiarity with theatrical drafting practices.

-Ability to manage and train student and professional labor.

-Budget creation and management experience.

-Ability to manage crew in multiple spaces or locations.

-Strong multitasking abilities as well as the ability to work well and work flexibly under pressure in a team-driven environment.

-Strong communication skills and attention to detail.

-Ability to quickly solve problems that may arise unexpectedly to get work done efficiently and safely.

-Familiarity with the performing arts. Experience with multiple disciplines including but not limited to opera, dance, theater, interdisciplinary, and various genres of music is a plus.

-Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and a keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!


Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.


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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


SummerScape is a world-renowned multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard. Over eight weeks this summer (June-August), Bard SummerScape returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, culminating in the 32nd annual Bard Music Festival, Sergei Rachmaninoff and His World. Productions will be staged in Bard’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols while celebrating the joys of live performance.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future.

Presenting more than 200 world-class events and welcoming 50,000 visitors each year, the Fisher Center supports artists at all stages of their careers and employs more than 300 professional artists annually. The Fisher Center is a powerful catalyst of art-making regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Every year it produces 8 to 10 major new works in various disciplines. Over the past five years, its commissioned productions have been seen in more than 100 communities around the world. During the 2018-19 season, six Fisher Center productions toured nationally and internationally. In 2019, the Fisher Center won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Daniel Fish’s production of Oklahoma! which began life in 2007 as an undergraduate production at Bard and was produced professionally in the Fisher Center’s SummerScape Festival in 2015 before transferring to New York City.

The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Building on a 161-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.


Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 159-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit