Theatrical Technical Director
New York, NY 10001
About The Shed
The Shed commissions original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences. From hip hop to classical music, painting and sculpture to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed brings together leading and emerging artists and thinkers from all disciplines under one roof. The building—a remarkable movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Committed to nurturing artistic invention and bringing creative experiences to the broadest possible audiences, The Shed, led by Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots, is a 21st-century space of and for New York City.
About the Position
The Shed is a commissioning organization devoted to supporting leading artists to create new work in a variety of venues from a large hall, theater, and art galleries. The Theatrical Technical Director should demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to brainstorm creative strategies and solutions to technical design challenges throughout the Production Process; to implement best practices while developing the Shed-way; to think outside the box, where appropriate with the artists, and Shed colleagues.
The Theatrical Technical Director will have strong technical design and development skills, work well under short time constraints, and be able to pivot easily from one task or idea to another. They should be experienced with all aspects of technical production, and have an in-depth knowledge of NYC vendors and practices. Theatre, music, and event production experience is essential, as well as an open and creative approach to the production process. Sensitivity to varying artists’ and clients’ needs and patience amidst changing priorities will help immeasurably in this position.
The Theatrical Technical Director will report to the Director of Production and will work on all events as assigned. The Theatrical Technical Director will work closely with the Production Manager, Production Supervisors, as well as producers, curators and the creative team to lead the technical design in the production process. A flexible schedule is a requirement. Patience and a good-natured attitude will be essential.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to
- Develop the technical design of Shed Projects
- Create and Maintain Technical Drawings, Groundplans, Sections, Rigging Plans
- Create, in concert with the Shed team, seating plans
- Provide support for load-in, set-up, technical rehearsals, performances, strike and restore of all Shed productions including seating and staging, lighting, rigging and sound installations.
- Work with designers and technical teams to implement creative designs, in a safe and cost effective manner
- Assist the Director of Production with the preparation of Bid packages for the fabrication of Shed projects
- Work with fabrication shops to insure that the highest quality products are delivered to the Shed
- Check in with designers regularly to ensure progress on visual and technical Designs
- Identify technical issues and propose solutions
- Develop project documentation and review tech riders to collect all relevant technical information about each project for internal reference and potential transfers
- Collaborate with the Director of Production and Production Manager on maintenance, storage and inventories of all Shed owned production related equipment
Qualifications and Qualities
- Bachelor’s degree in theatre production or similar. Master’s degree in technical/design field preferred
- Five years experience in a management position in theatrical or event production
- Demonstrated broad and deep knowledge of theater production and entertainment technology including rigging, carpentry, properties and stagecraft. Knowledge of lighting and video helpful.
- Highly Skilled with AutoCad, & Vectorworks. Experience with Sketchup highly useful
- Superior Technical Design Skills. Rigging Experience design experience helpful.
- An extensive network of contacts including vendors supplying New York event markets, designers, contractors, consultants, and fabrication shops
- Ability to work flexible schedule common to industry standards
- Experience at an arts-producing organization, preferably a non-profit, is a plus
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please provide salary requirements with your application.
Interested candidates should complete an application and submit résumé and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name. Only résumés and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.
The Shed is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.
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