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21 Mar 2023


Technical Designer

La Jolla Playhouse

 San Diego, California, United States

La Jolla Playhouse jobs

Job Description

  • DEPARTMENT: Production
  • STATUS: Full-time, exempt (salary) position
  • PAY: $75,000-$85,000/yr
  • LOCATION: La Jolla, CA on the beautiful campus of the University of California, San Diego
  • SCHEDULE: Weekdays, weeknights, some holidays and/or weekends
  • REPORTS TO: Scenery Supervisor
  • WORKS WITH: Production Foreman, Assistant Production Foreman, Scenic Charge Artist, IATSE Carpenters, Production Management, Visiting Artists & Designers, LJP Staff, UCSD Residents & Students, UCSD Supervisors


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La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, and Managing Director Debby Buchholz.
The Playhouse is internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, including mounting 108 world premieres, commissioning 70 new works, and sending 33 productions to Broadway, garnering a total of 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. These works include the Broadway hits Come From Away, Diana and Memphis, all directed by Ashley; The Who’s Tommy; the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife; and Jersey Boys.

La Jolla Playhouse is committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. We lead with our values and encourage individuals with unique perspectives to apply. La Jolla Playhouse is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Under the direction of the Scenery Supervisor and in collaboration with the Production Management team the Technical Designer serves as a key member of La Jolla Playhouse’s Scenery Department. The Technical Designer will have the primary responsibility of overseeing the engineering, drafting and technical construction of scenery (built, purchased, rented, or otherwise) for all productions produced
and presented by La Jolla Playhouse including festivals and special events. Key to the success of those projects, the Technical Designer, in collaboration with the other Production Department Supervisors, will take an active role in communication with Designers, IATSE Stagehands and La Jolla Playhouse Management with an emphasis on maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

Strong candidates will possess a strong working knowledge of structural and mechanical design and a demonstrated ability to safely engineer complex scenery solutions. The successful candidate is a collaborative technical engineer committed to La Jolla Playhouse’s mission and values.

• Create technical drawings for shop build based on designer drawings, layouts, and other visual aids
• Draft detailed assembly and installation drawings for use by production crew during load in
• Research materials and hardware required to execute the construction of designed units and inform Production Foreman of ordering needs
• Actively communicate with shop crew to monitor build progress and help monitor quality control
• Work closely with Scenery Supervisor and Production managers to meet budgetary and scheduling goals
• Communicate closely with production design team during the engineering and construction phases of the project
• Compile relevant drawings and documents to facilitate successful future transfers of LJP productions as necessary
• Enhance and support the educational and institutional mission of La Jolla Playhouse.
• Maintain regular communication regarding coordination of artists’ requirements and La Jolla Playhouse resources.
• Function in a professional and collegial manner.

• Commitment to a culture of learning, community, anti-racism, inclusion, belonging, and respect among employees and visiting artists.
• Commitment to a culture of safety, both psychological and physical, ensuring a safe work environment.
• Represent as necessary, the Scenery Department during Safety Inspections in Production facilities.
• In collaboration with Production Management and other Department Supervisors, contribute to production risk assessments to achieve workable and safe productions at all levels.
• Maintain current knowledge of safety best practices and standards

• Assist Scenery Supervisor on estimating cost for designs based on designer drawings
• In collaboration with the Scenery Supervisor, direct the Scenery Department Staff in the Construction, Installation, Strike and Transfer process for all productions beginning with early design consultations through completion of projects.
• Instruct the Draftsperson on the preparation of ground plans and sections of designer drawings, rigging and technical drawings, and any other such drawings pertinent to the scenery, stages or other performance locations in AutoCAD and PDF formats for use by technical, stage management and design staffs.
• Attend production meetings, run throughs, tech rehearsal, previews, and note sessions as requested by Production Management.

• Professional experience in theatrical technical direction, engineering and/or drafting.
• Strong working knowledge of mechanical and structural design for the stage.
• Proficient in 3D AutoCAD
• Working knowledge and experience with specialized tools used in advanced scenic construction. (Wood and Metal Working tools, CNC, 3-D Printing)
• Detailed knowledge and demonstrated skill in scenic construction, welding, rigging, structural engineering, complex automation solutions and soft goods/fabric maintenance and repair.
• Ability to read and create CAD scenic construction and engineering drawings.
• Computer skills: Mac, PC, Networking, IP, TCP/IP, AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Automation (UDP, Artnet, DMX, MIDI a plus).
• Deep knowledge of and dedication to safe work practices, industry best rigging practices, and automation practices.
• Strong attention to detail and proactive monitoring of processes with excellent communication skills and a collaborative demeanor.
• Possess strong critical thinking, problem solving, and organizational skills.
• Works well under pressure and time constraints, maintaining a calm demeanor in the face of new and unexpected challenges.
• Ability to climb and work on ladders, lifts, catwalks, and grids.

• Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Master’s in Theatrical Technical Direction.
• Experience working in a LORT Theater.
• OSHA 30 and ETCP Rigging Certifications.

• The production facilities at La Jolla Playhouse are in a multistory building with work taking place on all levels. Work may take place on ladders, mobile elevated work platforms, steel grids at heights between 18-60’ above deck level accessed by a straight ladder.
• This job may require the ability to stay in a stationary position for long periods of time. Use of limbs, good manual dexterity, strength, coordination and stamina may be required at times.


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Technical Designer
La Jolla Playhouse
 San Diego, California, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: design, designer, performing arts, scenic design, and technical. States: California.