22 Jun 2022


Technical Director

Columbia University School of the Arts  New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

This is a temporary full-time position from September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.


  • Responsible for leading and completing on time and on budget physical elements for up to 19 student productions each year: direct a team of student fellows who assemble technical elements for individual thesis productions; maintain clear communication with Columbia production personnel, off-site production personnel, and technical shops regarding assembly of the production elements; assure adherence to master production schedules, deadlines, and production goals as established by the Production Manager.
  • In collaboration with Production Management, supervise the development of detailed and correct working plans/drawings for the physical productions based on plans submitted by artistic staff; provide creative solutions to production problems that are within the scope of budgetary, labor and schedule parameters.
  • Supervise the safe operating procedures of the technical shops in Nash, Lenfest Center, and off-site venues as required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies; assure compliance with AEA policies.
  • Attend all production meetings to provide effective communication between artistic, production and shop staffs.
  • Implements safe operating procedures for the technical shops and productions; supervises Theses’ technical and dress rehearsals to insure that the Program’s operational policies are being implemented. Supervises the process of prop and costume check-out for Program events, including classroom projects.


  • Oversees more than a dozen student service positions. Interviews and trains candidates, manages schedules and work flow, coordinates assignments, and signs off on time sheets.
  • Evaluates, develops, and organizes technical shop staff to support the goals of the Program’s academic curriculum of public performance and research activities. Sets objectives for staff, establishes work priorities and maintains performance standards. Directly supervises the student production crews for events; directly supervises approximately student support positions and work study crew.


  • Serves as the on-site supervisor of all Nash studio spaces and equipment for the Program’s theatrical facilities; develops and implements storage plans, inventories and safety procedures in the technical shops and theatre facilities. Supervises the maintenance and repair of theatrical support systems. Supervise and maintain tools and equipment for technical shops and theatres.
  • Coordinates maintenance of Nash classroom and rehearsal spaces. Liaises with Facilities Client Representatives to report building issues, and provides access to spaces for maintenance and repair.



Receives general supervision from Director of Production. Directly supervises two Assistant Technical Directors and the work crews in the shops.
Directly supervises the student and work study student crews that provide technical running crews for the Program events.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required.
  • At least three years’ experience in management of a professional technical shop of a commercial or resident theatre required.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability in construction techniques of theatrical scenery, including demonstrated knowledge of material manipulation of metal, wood, and other materials such as foam, fabric, and plastic, required.
  • Skill and knowledge in draftsmanship required.
  • Attention to detail and capacity to work independently on concurrent projects with frequent interruptions required.
  • Ability to assign priorities and complete work on time required.
  • Skill and experience in the maintenance and repair of theatrical equipment is required.
  • Flexible work schedule in terms of hours and location is required.
  • Periodic evening and weekend work is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and training in welding and theatrical rigging preferred.


Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.


How to Apply

Apply via opportunities.columbia.edu/en-us/job/526771/techni…↗↗


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Technical Director
Columbia University School of the Arts
 New York, New York, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, management, performing arts, technical director, and university. States: New York.
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