Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting directly to the Director of Production, incumbent is responsible for the direction of all aspects of planning, engineering, assembling, and installing the physical elements for individual thesis productions produced by MFA students of the Theatre Program to satisfy graduation requirements. Works off-site and independently of departmental campus administrative offices and with minimal supervision, in various locations in Manhattan.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Responsible for leading and completing on time and on budget physical elements for up to 17 student productions each year: direct a team of student fellows who assemble all 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.
Develop detailed working plans/drawings for the physical production based on plans submitted by artistic/design staff; provide creative solutions to production problems.
Supervise the safe operating procedures of the technical shops in Nash and Lenfest, off-site venues, Lenfest, and Schapiro 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.
Manage spending for set and lighting budgets of individual productions, shop labor budget, and shop materials budget within approved budgetary allocations set by the Director of Production.
Hire and supervise up to 15 or more MFA Theatre Student Fellows and other student casual staff for the shops to support the successful implementation of the technical aspects of individual thesis productions
Supervise and maintain tools and equipment for technical shops and theatres.
PERFORMS RELATED DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent and at least two years experience in management of a professional technical shop of a commercial or resident theatre required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: 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. Experience and training in welding and theatrical rigging. Demonstrated experience in theatrical lighting and audio systems, and in purchasing and budgeting for theatrical events. 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. 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.
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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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