5 Sep 2017

Full-Time Job Technical Director

Aberdeen Community Theatre (Job Poster)Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States

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Job Description

Attention technical associates! Are you ready for expanded responsibilities? More opportunities for design? Opportunities to work in multiple aspects of technical theater? Aberdeen Community Theatre is looking for a candidate ready to take the next step in their career.

This permanent, full-time position will oversee the design, build and execution of six mainstage shows, three youth productions, film events and other special events throughout the year. Although 3-5 years of experience is preferred, candidates needn’t worry about gaps in knowledge or experience. The position is designed to start as Associate Technical Director, with the ultimate goal of expanding to full Technical Director within 2-4 years. Sooner advancement is possible for the right candidate.

Aberdeen Community Theatre is a non-profit community theater in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a community of 26,000 located in the northeastern corner of the state. ACT operates in the historic Capitol Theatre, a beautifully-restored, 450 seat 1926 vaudeville/movie house, and equipped with nearly 7,500 square feet of adjacent support space, including a second 90 seat theater, used primarily for film and small productions.

ACT is the most consistent, financially solvent, award-winning community theater in the state, with a 37 year history, nearly 400 volunteers annually, supported by six full-time and three part-time staff.

Visit www.AberdeenCommunityTheatre.com/about/staff/employment-opportunities for printable job description and application instructions, or see below:


Summary: This full-time position will oversee the design, build and execution of six ACT mainstage shows, three YPT productions, Capitol Cinema film events and other special events throughout the year.
This position will begin as Associate Technical Director, with the ultimate goal of expanding to full Technical Director within 2-4 years. Sooner advancement is possible for the right candidate.

Reports To:
* Artistic/Managing Director
* Associate Artistic/Managing Director

* Technical Assistant/Facility Coordinator
* Capitol Cinema Projectionists

* Responsible for design, staffing and successful execution of all technical elements for all productions and special events, including (but not limited to):
§ Scenic design; generation of groundplans, elevations, shop drawings and other associated documents
§ Set building, painting and finish work
§ Rigging of set pieces – including drops, curtains and masking
§ Construction of special or unique props
§ Finding and returning borrowed props or set pieces
§ Lighting design; generating associated drawings, paperwork
§ Hanging, focusing, gelling of lights
§ Cueing/programming light control console
§ Sound design; including music, sound effects and live reinforcement applications
§ Sound hookup
* Create technical production schedule to ensure timely completion of required elements
* Be present and available at all technical rehearsals and performances to assist in any emergencies or problems
* Serve on crews in absence of adequate number of volunteers
* Oversee technical elements for touring/traveling productions and facility rentals
* Update and maintain Capitol Theatre Technical Information Package
* Oversee/assist ACT Technical Assistant and Capitol Cinema Projectionist(s) in the design, preparation and execution of special film-related events
* Oversee/assist ACT Technical Assistant in maintaining cleanliness and organization of stage, scene shop, equipment storage areas and other storage areas
* Oversee/assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers
* Be willing and eager to teach and assist other individuals or organizations that ask for ACT’s technical assistance, such as borrowing or renting equipment or asking ACT for technical consultation
* Be willing and eager to learn new techniques, equipment and procedures as situations warrant
* Maintain professional relationships between ACT and individuals or businesses who:
§ Support ACT and its programming
§ Are patrons
§ Volunteer
§ Loan items to ACT for productions
* Operate within budgetary constraints
* Other duties as assigned

* Appreciation and love of live theater – especially community theater
* Appreciation and love of film
* Ability to self-start and work independently
* Ability to be a team player, both as a leader and a team member (lead, supervise, instruct volunteers; follow directions)
* Endless pursuit of professional perfection and attention to detail; the willingness to spend the extra time and effort to get it done, get it done right, making it as perfect as possible
* Superior interpersonal skills
* Ability to work with volunteers of all ages, experience and abilities
* Superior communication skills; both oral and written
* Ability to establish and meet deadlines
* Be able to generate, read and interpret technical drawings
* Advanced drafting skills
* Knowledge of scenic construction and painting techniques
* Ability to use a wide variety of tools correctly and safely
* Ability to generate, interpret and follow a light plot and related paperwork
* Advanced knowledge of light and sound system hookup
* Comfortable working from heights
* Willingness and eagerness to learn any of the above; new skills and techniques
* Familiarization with the following equipment/software preferred:
§ ETC Eos- and Expression-family light control consoles
§ Allen & Heath sound control consoles
§ QLab
§ VectorWorks
§ Sound editing software

* Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years related experience preferred
* Flexible schedule and ability to work some nights/weekends

* Salary DOE
* Optional health insurance stipend
* Optional 403(b) payroll deduction to retirement account
* Paid holidays
* Paid vacation/sick leave after one year
* High potential for added responsibilities/job growth

Send cover letter, resume, references and applicable portfolio materials VIA EMAIL to:
Brian T. Schultz, Associate Artistic/Managing Director
Aberdeen Community Theatre
417 S. Main Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

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• Job Title: Technical Director
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Aberdeen Community Theatre
• website: www.AberdeenCommunityTheatre.com
• Location: Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: design, director, and theatre. Location: South Dakota.