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Technical Director Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Assists in the coordination of the technical elements of stage production, which include lighting, sound, scenery and equipment requirements. Incumbents typically supervise student employees. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Technical Director in that the higher level supervises this level and has final approval for technical elements of the production.

Examples of Duties:

  • Trains, supervises and evaluates the activities of subordinates.
  • Determines set up and use of fly system and lighting plots prior to performance; supervises use of both during performance.
  • Coordinates stage crew during the performance.
  • Confers with Technical Director and production company on technical rider portion of contract to determine lighting and stage requirements, equipment needed and feasibility of plan with equipment available.
  • Ensures that the terms of the agreement are met by scheduling qualified help to perform the required tasks; determines necessary work force and schedules workers for routine maintenance, pre-performances and for performances.
  • Receives and approves payment of bills for labor, equipment and supplies; prepares an itemized financial report for each event.
  • Maintains an inventory of technical equipment and supplies necessary to perform functions inherent with events.
  • Inspects lighting, sound systems, cables, fly system, boards and power sources on a regular basis, performs or schedules necessary maintenance or repairs to ensure safety of both performers and employees.
  • Serves as manager on duty in the absence of other performers and employees.

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:

Bachelors' degree with a major in Drama or related field AND one year of stage management and theater production experience; OR, Five years of stage drama experience which includes one year 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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