Davidson Community Players – Technical Director

Categories: Job Opportunities

Position: Davidson Community Players (DCP) seeks a technical director to complement its production teams for five Main Stage and three youth shows each season.

About DCP: Now in its fifty-second season, Davidson Community Players is a non-profit organization established to produce theatre that entertains, enriches, and encourages community participation in the dramatic arts. DCP operates a youth division for productions and education called The Connie Company. Both organizations have a long standing record of providing creative, authentic and affordable opportunities for both children and adults. Each year over 14,000 patrons attend our productions.

About the Position: DCP seeks to hire a technical director. This position will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Artistic Director and visiting directors. DCP produces shows at two venues: the 110 seat Armour Street Theater and the 525 seat Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. The duties of the TD will vary based on the venue. For all shows the TD will:

  • Build and load in the set for each production;
  • Strike the set and load out immediately upon the conclusion of each production
  • Purchase supplies and work within a budget for each show;
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteers;
  • In conjunction with artists and/or production representatives, read contracts and drawings or stage depictions to ascertain needs for the production; determine feasibility and make arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects;
  • Approve set and lighting designs with regard to safety, compatibility and scheduling considerations;
  • Responsible for the safety of all special effects including rigging, and pyrotechnics;
  • Maintain inventory and order specialized supplies while supervising and maintaining the scene shop;
  • Attend and assist with technical rehearsals of all productions;
  • Maintain a clean, safe and secure working environment;
  • Report any accidents/incidents;
  • Perform periodic safety checks on equipment and facilities, ensuring that safety guidelines are being met.

For shows at the Armour Street Theater, duties include

  • Consult with the director to design the set;
  • Assist in lighting and sound design as needed;
  • Conduct light focus and programming of lights;

General responsibilities also include:

  • Maintain and organize the scene shop;
  • Maintain irregular and occasionally extended working hours;
  • Supervise two summer technical theatre interns
  • Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventive maintenance on shop and theatre equipment.
  • Be capable of lifting, pushing or pulling objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.

The Technical Director (TD) works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Close supervision is not normally required nor expected. Hours vary considerably based on the production schedule.

Compensation is competitive based on the expected hours to be worked. No additional benefits are offered with this position.

Qualifications: The qualified applicant will have at least two years of experience working in a scenic shop with previous experience as a Technical Director or Master Carpenter preferred. A degree in theater or related area of study is also preferred.  Own transportation is required and ownership or use of a pick-up truck or similar vehicle for transporting equipment and small set pieces is a plus.

Lighting and set design experience is desired. Stage painting experience also preferred.

Candidates are required to have mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools, be able to read and understand ground plans, design sketches, blue prints, construction plans, and be able to produce working drawings. Design opportunities may be available for the right candidate. Opportunities may exist to earn additional income.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume including a list of references to Executive Director Matt Merrell at matt@davidsoncommunityplayers.org. No phone calls please.