2 Jun 2017

Full-Time Job Assistant Technical Director

The Pershing Square Signature Center (Job Poster) – New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

Signature Theatre, located on West 42nd Street is one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theatres and the first New York City theatre to receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award®.

Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature Theatre makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work—the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, Signature delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. During this journey, the playwright is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.

We are seeking to hire an Assistant Technical Director (ATD). This is a full-time position reporting directly to the Technical Director and will help lead the production staff in the execution of up to nine productions a year in our home The Pershing Square Signature Center. The ATD will also assist with Center rental needs and help the Facilities Department with maintenance issues. The Center, designed by Frank Gehry Architects, includes three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a 7,500-square foot lobby with a café and bookstore, offices, and an expansive complement of back and front-of house services.


Assist the Technical Director (TD) on all STC productions and special projects as directed:
Oversee scenic budgets
Negotiate bids for scenery build in consultation with designer and production manager
Hire carpentry and automation load in, run and strike crews
Coordinate and supervises carpenters for load in and strikes
Coordinate ongoing maintenance of all scenic elements including automation and SFX equipment throughout run
Coordinate the rigging for all departments
Schedule paint calls as needed through load in and tech process
Purchase tools and equipment as needed for Prop Shop and STC productions
Provide support to rental entities as needed; including, but not limited to scenic, rigging, SFX and automation consultation and venue prep
Ensure annual maintenance of rigging systems in theatre and studios
Assist Director of Production in long term Facilities and Production Department projects as needed
Maintain CAD drawings for theatres, studios and public spaces
Assist and/or consult Facilities with the maintenance of the Center, as required

For at least one (1) STC production per cycle:
Hire carpentry and automation load in, run and strike crews
Be responsible for installation and striking of all scenery and related equipment
Coordinate and supervise carpenters for load in and strikes
Ensure rigging is executed, according to TD’s specifications

Maintain all Prop Shop equipment and inventory in conjunction with TD and Props Master

Collaborate with TD to develop and carry out support needs for rental entities

Collaborate with TD to develop and carry out long term Facilities and Production Department projects and needs

Maintain clean and safe work practices throughout theatre and support spaces


Broad knowledge of theatrical methods and systems

Solid carpentry skills

Well-rounded production background

Supervisory experience

Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills

AutoCAD proficiency is required

Microsoft Office proficiency is required

Experience working Off-Broadway and/or in a performing arts center is preferred

Please email cover letter and resume with references to careers@signaturetheatre.org. The subject of your email should read: ATD or Assistant Technical Director. No phone calls please.

Signature Theatre is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

For more information on Signature Theatre and The Pershing Square Signature Center and our upcoming season please visit us www.signaturetheatre.org



• Job Title: Assistant Technical Director
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: The Pershing Square Signature Center
• website: www.signaturetheatre.org
• Location: New York, New York, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant director, director, management, technical director, and theatre. Location: New York.