The Technical Director manages all aspects of scenery construction and the coordination of
technical elements, supervises scene shop personnel, maintains the department equipment,
and manages the physical spaces of the scene shop, theatres, and support areas. The TD is
responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers as it relates to the
advancement, budgeting, and realization of set designs. The TD participates in season and
production planning, as it relates to the execution of the physical production.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
· Oversee Scene shop. Keep an inventory of set pieces, furniture and props for use in
productions at the theater. Maintain tools and hardware supplies. Make recommendations on
tool and hardware purchases when needed.
· Lead, guide, and facilitate communication between the production department and scenic designers;
work with designers to advance shows, plan and implement designs, and to prep and provide
equipment necessary to tech and run shows.
· Maintain a clear understanding of all aspects of production in order to facilitate scenic needs
throughout the build, rehearsal, technical rehearsal, running, and closing of each production and special
· Help enforce design deadlines for each production. Stay in communication with production
management and designers to make sure that each department is meeting deadlines throughout pre-
production through week.
· Assist Production Manager with season planning and budgeting as it relates to the needs of the scenic
builds, staffing and utilization of the physical plant.
· Participate in planning and design for capital improvements for theatres, shops, offices, and
· Work with designers, directors, and production management to manage and maximize the artistic
impact of financial resources. Evaluate designs, create materials and labor estimates. Attend all
production meetings and maintain communication with design team when necessary in regards to
· Manage and be responsible for scenery budgets. Ensures that invoices for payment and/or
receipts for disbursement, with respect to authorized expenditures, are promptly submitted to
the Production Department within seven days of the close of the associated production.
· Hire, train, and supervise carpentry staff and over hire in the preparation, load-in, and maintenance of
shows. Monitor and submit crew work hours for payroll.
· Evaluate staff and provide feedback if needed on carpenters, designers.
· Organize and administrate the scenery department including creation and implementation of the shop
calendar, follow-through on design deadlines, scheduling and coordinating staff, and coordinating and
supervising the construction of all scenic elements for each production.
· With production management, work to provide and maintain a safe working environment.
· Manage and participate, as necessary, in changeovers, technical rehearsals, and previews to manage
technical scenic needs, assist designers, monitor and aid staff, and collaborate with other shops.
· Assist scenic designers during tech and preview process, making suggestions and sharing ideas to solve
problems, improve product, and facilitate changes.
· Participate to foster achievement of artistic goals of the theatre, insure quality and consistency, and
maintain the highest production values for the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre by contributing in
group discussion, meetings, post mortems, note sessions, etc.
· Responsible for reading show reports, rehearsal schedules, and facilities calendars. Follow-up on
applicable details/notes and communicate information to supervisors and staff as appropriate.
· Collaborate with other departments as required to facilitate scenic or shop needs for special events in
the theaters and production center.
· Attend production head meetings, production department meetings, post mortems, and board
meetings as necessary.
Per show Stipend of $3,500 for each subscription show. There will be opportunity for other pay from
Stories in action shows. These will be determined by production and the Education department
respectively. There may be other projects that require the TD’s expertise. These will be decided as they