Assistant Technical Director

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Meredith, NH 03253



Job Details


The award winning Winnipesaukee Playhouse is looking for an Assistant Technical Director to be part of its production staff at our theatre facility, on our beautiful 12 acre campus in Meredith New Hampshire. This is a full time opportunity for qualified candidates.

The Company
The theatre company was founded in 2004, with brand new facilities constructed in 2013.The Playhouse is a year round theatre operation that presents a six show professional summer season from June to early September, as well as a spring and autumn production and our Christmas Panto. Beyond that the company works within the community to present approximately three full scale community shows and four youth and teen shows. 
The campus currently has a workshop that is housed in a 40’x 80’ space, a separate paint shop, with a paint deck and scenic flat storage area, and a 30’x 60’ furniture storage building. Additionally there is an outdoor amphitheatre that can seat around 100, and a company house that houses staff, with 13 beds. The main theatre is a re-configurable 200-250 seat courtyard style theatre; with offices; greenroom; two rehearsal rooms; four dressing rooms; costume and props storage and a catwalk and bridge system for lighting.

Position Summary:
We are looking for a talented individual to work alongside our technical director to execute all technical elements of the theatre’s operation. The main concentration of the position will be to execute the scenic designs, but also some basic lighting and/or sound experience would be useful. 
Position details:
Work closely and collaborates with the Artistic Director/Production Manager and Technical Director in planning and executing all productions/rentals at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Act as one of the liaisons between designers and the Production Department to ensure that productions are engineered, built, installed and presented with a mind toward aesthetic integrity and with regard to maintaining a safe and collaborative working environment for all.

Primary Responsibilities (In Conjunction with the Technical Director) include:
Help estimate feasibility, costs and build time of initial designs based on designer drawings and adjust/present options to designers/directors as needed.
Act as a primary carpenter/welder in the scene shop, supervise other staff and provide quality control.
Draft construction drawings for shows(when applicable). 
Prepare ground plan and section of designs in AutoCAD. Tech design and draft rigging and deck drawings. Create and provide drawings required by stage management or other staff and designers.
Work with the visiting designers and the Production Staff to achieve workable and safe productions throughout all stages of the production (from design through technical rehearsal to strike. )
Work with the Production Staff to find solutions to technical problems and challenges.
Estimate material costs for productions and advise production management of the potential consequences of any proposed changes.
Purchase, rent, borrow and pull equipment and hardware as needed. Track and report department and show expenses to allow informed decisions to be made about purchasing.
Supervises production staff, overhire and volunteers at load-in and strikes. Takes an active role as lead carpenter, rigger or otherwise as needed during load in, build and strike.
Track and update soft goods inventory, rigging, tool and equipment inventories. Helps with maintenance, repair, cleanliness and upgrades of all equipment and support spaces.
Attend staff meetings, full company meetings and production meetings, as needed. Attends load-ins, strikes, technical rehearsals and performances as needed. 
Maintain a safe working environment in the context of the production’s design, including, but not limited to: the design and implementation of overhead rigging systems, staging; the enforcing of applicable fall protection policies; managing crew hours to prevent exhaustion; ensuring that mandatory breaks and meals are taken, etc. Oversee and ensure crew safety on-stage during load-ins and strikes. Help Perform Hazard Assessments for shows, as needed.
Other duties as may be assigned.

Secondary Responsibilities:
Manage work calls developing through The Education Dept. and The Community Theatre, that require production support and any special event, as needed.
Fill in for the Technical Director as needed because of vacation or sick leave.
Participate in scenic maintenance/organization as needed.
Act as run crew as needed.
Provide technical maintenance during the run of productions.
Entrusted with company credit cards. Responsible for tracking expenditures in a timely fashion.
Mentor Appco students through the Education Dept.
The Playhouse provides a dynamic and collaborative working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties.

Knowledge and Essential Skills:
Excellent technical skills, scenic construction techniques, rigging, and budget management.
Excellent draftsperson, with strong working knowledge of Autocad/Vectorworks
Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to work independently or collaboratively with designers, directors and other Playhouse staff.
Experience in managing crews.(often a staff of peers, but also community and student volunteers).

Minimum requirements: 
Theatrical background and understanding of the theatrical process.
Ability to multi-task and work with deadlines. Must have ability to plan projects, fabricate them, and work independently.
Ability to remain calm and productive in difficult situations demonstrating good “people skills” and a sense of humor.
Ability to work long hours, i.e. a 40 hour week plus weekends and evenings, as necessary during load-ins/technical rehearsals.
Ability to stay organized and maintain a clean and safe work space.
Ability to lift 50 lbs and handle extensive standing, walking, and step-climbing.
Ability to drive a car and have clean driving record. Must have valid driver’s license.

Other Notes:
Candidates MUST be able to pass a background check.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by Assistant Technical Director position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the ATD. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.

Remuneration is ($480 per week) $25,000 per annum plus housing/utilities; and gym membership.

To apply please send resumes, sample draftings and any support materials you think would give us an idea of your skills, as well as the reason why you would be an ideal candidate to [email protected] by Friday January 18th 2019.


February 4, 2019 –





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