Technical Director/Scenic Designer

Resume posted by Michael Thomas Essad in Theatre.

Desired position type: Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract
Location: Austin Texas, United States

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I have been working in technical theater and design for many years and my career has encompassed everything including sending six shows to Broadway, regional theater, educational theater, and rock and roll. I have managed budgets as small as $500 to well over $150,000. I have also designed and built furniture and home renovations for the past 20 years.
As my career continues, I want to learn and develop new skills and techniques in exciting new environments as well as use my experience and talent to bring fresh ideas and skills to those organizations.


2010 Point Park University -Bachelor of Arts Degree
Technical Theater / Design


I have had a rich and full career and it keeps growing. I have worked from coast to coast and in many different organizations including regional LORT and educational theater as well as touring both rock and roll and theatrical groups. Throughout my career I have been the technical director for well over two hundred productions and a scenic designer for over eighty shows.
I was the Technical Director, Resident Scenic Designer and an Adjunct Instructor for The Pittsburgh Playhouse and Point Park University for the past 11 years. My career also includes 3 years as the Technical Director at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and 6 years at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami where we produced many world premieres and sent several shows to Broadway. Other credits include the Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Shakespeare Festival, Actors Playhouse in Miami, San Jose Repertory Company and the California Theater Center in Sunnyvale Ca. I have also designed for the Asolo Theater in Sarasota Florida and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater in Pittsburgh.
One of the great highlights of my career was as a technician / crew supervisor for the half time show for Super Bowl 29.
I also design and build furniture for both theatrical productions and the private sector as well.


  • Drafting
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Scenic Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Sketchup Pro

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