Directs all aspects of scenery for ART season, touring shows and ancillary projects. Responsibilities include: budgeting, scheduling, maintaining equipment, shop and stock, recommending and overseeing improvements to the scenery related work spaces and equipment, hiring, supervision and management of staff and contingent personnel, communicating with designers, stage management and other Production Departments.
Direct supervision of Assistant Technical Directors, Scene Shop Supervisor, Charge Scenic Artist, and Purchaser, with oversight of all shop staff.
Maintains professionalism, a safe work environment, and actively works to create a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging in the scene shop.
Creates scenery expense estimate for each project including materials, rentals, shipping, transportation, and labor
Administers and is responsible for all scene shop budget lines including labor budgets, equipment budgets, supply budgets, show material and paint budgets, rentals, transportation and inventories
Submits updated budget reports to Director of Production every two weeks
Reports hourly labor payroll to finance
Works with Designer to make design work effectively with theatre equipment, within theatre space and within established budgetary limits
Drafts or approves drafting of ground plan, section, and construction drawings of each show
Writes and oversees shop construction calendar
Collaborates with other production departments on rigging plot, and provides specifications on rigging methods to Stage Supervisor as well as location of scenic pick points
Plans and oversees scenic load in
Attends rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and previews as necessary
With Stage Supervisor plans strike or load out and storage of closing shows
Plans and manages scenic components of ART tours, booked in events, and other projects
Manages outside projects when calendar permits
Facilities, Equipment, Stock
Oversees organization of warehouse
Oversees maintenance of scene shop vehicles, facilities, and shop equipment
Maintains clear and consistent communication with other production departments to ensure successful integration of technical elements of shows
Distributes technical ground plans and sections to technical departments and stage management
Collaborates with other technical departments on projects with departmental overlaps
Provides samples and photos as needed to designers and directors
Responds for scenery department to rehearsal and performance reports
Attends weekly production meetings
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
College degree in Technical Direction or related field.
Five or more years of experience in a scenic fabrication environment—educational or professional.
Proficient with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, familiar with Vectorworks
Command of engineering fundamentals and experience with their applied application to non-theoretical problems.
Hands on experience with the execution/application of a range of automated systems such as motors and their control, pneumatics, hydraulics, etc. as well as the design of such systems.
Solid experience with safe, industry standard rigging practices and hands-on experience building rigging systems.
Strong, clear verbal and written communication skills—expressing oneself as well as listening.
Class D driver's license and may be subject to recurring motor vehicle history screening.
Experience building in off-site facilities, touring, repping, and working with transfers to commercial and other venues is helpful as is prior professional experience fabricating for the entertainment industry.
Comfortable working at heights—climbing scaffold, stairs to grid, or similar.
Ability to lift 50 pounds and working in confined quarters.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47708BR
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