Technical Director

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Job Details


Harvard University

Technical Director
American Repertory Theater

Duties & Responsibilities

Directs all aspects of scenery for ART season, touring shows and ancillary projects. Responsibilities include: budgeting, scheduling, maintaining equipment, shop and stock, recommending and overseeing improvements to the scenery related work spaces and equipment, hiring, supervision and management of staff and contingent personnel, communicating with designers, stage management and other Production Departments

Position Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision

  • Direct supervision of Assistant Technical Director’s, Scene Shop Supervisor, Charge Scenic Artist, and Purchaser, with oversight of all shop staff.
  • Maintains professionalism, a safe work environment, and actively works to create a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging in the scene shop

Budget Responsibilities

  • Creates scenery expense estimate for each project including materials, rentals, shipping, transportation, and labor
  • Administers and is responsible for all scene shop budget lines including labor budgets, equipment budgets, supply budgets, show material and paint budgets rentals, transportation and inventories
  • Submits updated budget reports to Director of Production every two weeks
  • Reports hourly labor payroll to finance

Production Responsibilities

  • Works with Designer to make design work effectively with theatre equipment, within theatre space and within established budgetary limits
  • Drafts or approves drafting of ground plan, section, and construction drawings of each show
  • Writes and oversees shop construction calendar
  • 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
  • Plans and oversees scenic load in
  • Attends rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and previews as necessary
  • With Stage Supervisor plans strike or load out and storage of closing shows
  • Plans and manages scenic components of ART tours, booked in events, and other projects
  • Manages outside projects when calendar permits

Facilities, Equipment, Stock

  • Oversees organization of warehouse
  • Oversees maintenance of scene shop vehicles, facilities, and shop equipment


  • Maintains clear and consistent communication with other production departments to ensure successful integration of technical elements of shows
  • Distributes technical ground plans and sections to technical departments and stage management
  • Collaborates with other technical departments on projects with departmental overlaps
  • Provides samples and photos as needed to designers and directors
  • Responds for scenery department to rehearsal and performance reports
  • Attends weekly production meetings

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • College degree in Technical Direction or related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in a scenic fabrication environment—educational or professional.

Additional Qualifications

  • Proficient with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, Familiar with Vectorworks
  • Command of engineering fundamentals and experience with their applied application to non-theoretical problems.
  • Hands on experience with the execution/application of a range of automated systems such as motors and their control, pneumatics, hydraulics, etc. as well as the design of such systems.
  • Solid experience set with safe, industry standard rigging practices and hands on experience building rigging systems.
  • Strong, clear verbal and written communication skills-expressing oneself as well as listening.
  • Class D driver’s license and may be subject to recurring motor vehicle history screening.
  • Experience with TIG welding, CNC routing, sewing, Creative Conners, PRG Automation, Hudson Automation, Cybermotion, machining, wiring, budgeting, sculpting, painting, plastics fabrication techniques, aluminum, etc.
  • ETCP certification.
  • Experience building in off-site facilities, touring, repping, and working with transfers to commercial and other venues is helpful as is prior professional experience fabricating for the entertainment industry.
  • Comfortable working at heights-climbing scaffold, stairs to grid, or similar.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and working in confined quarters

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Production/Stage Department

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Mon. – Fri. 35hrs./wk.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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