TFANA Technical Director
Theatre for a New Audience
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Technical Director will report to the Production Manager and manage a crew of overhire technicians. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative spirit and excel at working in teams and is skilled in all aspects of scenic construction, experienced in complex rigging and automation, and knowledgeable about all areas of technical design, including lighting, sound, and projection.
The Technical Director also works closely with the General Manager, Facilities Manager, Theatre Manager, and Associate Producer to ensure the efficient and effective use of teams and successful execution of productions.
Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.
• Supervise theatrical activity within the theater and its ancillary spaces and facilities
• Generate working drawings for scenic elements and room configurations
• Design and execute safe configuration and rigging for all moving and rigged set pieces
• Maintain, inspect, and repair all theatrical systems and supplies, including all rigging, soft-goods, lighting, sound, and video equipment, and SteelDeck components
• Evaluate and communicate costs and feasibility of designs to producers, including technical and engineering information.
• Manage Load-ins, work calls, and strikes
• Maintain scenic and rigging load-in schedule
• Prepare bid packages for scene shops
• Maintain policies to ensure and enforce safe work practices in all backstage and on-stage
• Train freelance crew as necessary
• Promote a collaborative, inclusive, and respectful working environment
• 3+ years of appropriate theatrical/technical experience preferably in the NYC performing arts market
• Extensive knowledge of technical theater, including all types of scenic construction, rigging, automation, as well as lighting, sound and projection components
• Proficient in using AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks
• Ability to read, understand, and discern information from technical and design drawings
• Strong organizational, communication, and crew management skills
• Ability to manage and execute multiple complex projects at once
• Ability to work within a budget
• Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
• Must work non-traditional hours, including frequent early morning, nights, and weekends as needed
• Comfortability lifting objects 50+ pounds regularly and be comfortable working at heights around 25’