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Technical Director

A theater technical director coordinates all technical aspects of a theatrical production. The work requires skills in multiple creative and analytical fields and is one of the top level positions in technical theater staff. The Technical Director has the responsibility for the technical operations of productions, including lighting, sound, set design and construction.

Essential Duties of the job

The Technical Director (TD) works with the Production Director (PD) and may do any or all of the following:

  • Operates and safeguards the technical assets of the theater, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the appropriate use and maintenance of stage facilities.
  • In conjunction with the PD, determine the necessary technical support, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs necessary.
  • Supervises and assists, as needed, with set and stage construction and management, therefore should have a knowledge of tools and equipment needed. (trouble-shooting)
  • Assist in recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer technical staff/students for individual shows, including orienting them on safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and tools; notifies Cadd Manager to arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints. 
  • Monitors Tech Week rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting of the show.
  • Organizes and oversees production strike at close of the run of the show.

Production Duties

The technical director ensures all technical aspects of the production work smoothly and safely. Much of this is done by coordinating between the PD and technical staff. The tech director creates working construction drawings that translate a set design ideas into workable plans for building. Coordinates with Cadd Manager/schedules so that lighting, sound, set and other things get the time they need to set up onstage. The technical director also coordinates with the PD  to ensure actor safety and fulfillment of the director’s vision. Rigging — the placement and safety of any elements that are placed over the stage — is also the technical director’s responsibility, in coordination with lighting and fly crews.

Additional responsibilities
  • as requested by supervisor
Job specifications

Technical directors must have a thorough understanding of all aspects involved in technical theater, including construction, lighting equipment, rigging and sound. Most technical directors have one or two areas of expertise but can function well in any role. People and time management skills are a must, as are a focus on safety. Experience can be more important than education, but a bachelor’s degree in technical theater is useful.

A technical director must be able to work safely around power tools, on ladders and lifts, and around electricity. The work often involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes. A Technical director should be able to spend most of the day on their feet or kneeling, crouching, reaching and exerting muscles. 

Working Hours

A TD may work nights and weekends to find time around regular school day activities. They will need to be available for after school technical rehearsals as well as times throughout the school day to be able to collaborate with the PD and other crews during regular working hours.

Technical Director

For SchooL Year:

Term of Service:

2 year minimum commitment preferred

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Supervisor:

Cadd Theater Manager

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