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Technical Director Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates and ensures readiness of all technical elements of stage production which include lighting, sound, scenery and equipment requirements. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Technical Director Senior in that the Senior typically supervises this level and manages preparation of technical elements for production.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinate the activities of subordinates.
  • Coordinates the execution or executes the lighting and sound systems; coordinates the design and/or designs lighting effects.
  • Coordinates with artists or production representatives and reads contracts to ascertain needs for the production; determines feasibility and makes arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects, parking and security.
  • Assists in determining staffing needs and scheduling crews for events.
  • Monitors budget for each event advising appropriate party if approaching budgetary limit.
  • Coordinates the state and equipment set up and the loading and unloading of trucks.
  • Recommends purchase of new or replacement equipment; orders and obtains materials for production.
  • Consults with program or stage chairpersons of amateur organizations to coordinate production ideas and provide advice regarding feasibility ideas.
  • Oversees and maintains inventory on all items and equipment, participates in ordering or orders supplies.
  • Performs safety checks on equipment and facilities ensuring safety guidelines are being met.
  • Conducts backstage tours as required.
  • Teaches production classes as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of stage management principles and practices.
  • Skill in stage production methods and techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with a major in Drama or related field AND two years of stage management and theater production experience; OR, Six years of stage drama experience which includes three years of stage management and theater production experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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