Hartford Stage
Assistant Technical Director

A word from Cynthia Rider, Managing Director,
and Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director

Assistant Technical Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Assistant Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Technical Director

JOB TYPE: Full time, exempt

START DATE: August 1, 2022

SALARY RANGE: $53,500 - $55,500

BENEFITS:  

  • Health, dental vision plans with employer contribution

  • 401k plan (with match after 18 months)

  • Paid Vacation – up to two weeks accrued from date of hire in first year expanding to as many as four weeks after five years.

  • Paid Sick (seven days) and Personal time (three days) per year

  • Ten (10) Paid Holidays

  • Short and Long term Disability Insurance (wait periods apply)

  • Life Insurance (wait period applies)

  • Relocation Allowance

  • Four Complimentary tickets to each show

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: $1000 - $5000 depending on geographic location

WORK VISA AVAILABLE

Position Summary

Hartford Stage is hiring an Assistant Technical Director that will be responsible in fulfilling the scenic design visions for all productions in collaboration with the Technical Director. The ATD will be a hands on, solid draftsperson who enjoys creative problem solving, complex projects, and working alongside multiple production departments. They will be detail oriented, focusing on efficient construction and safe implementation of the designs. They will assist the technical director in planning, organizing, and scheduling the builds, work calls, and materials selections. They will be providing support, guidance, and direction to the shop staff through their expertise and knowledge of construction techniques. 

          

Essential Duties

  • Determining specific approaches to be applied to the construction of scenic pieces in conjunction with the Technical Director

  • Working from the scenic designs, prepare ground plans and sections, and create construction and working drawings from which the scene shop carpentry staff will build

  • Coordinating with other production departments for elements that require shared responsibilities

  • Working with the lead carpenter to determine shop construction flow, shop rearrangement, and material storage

  • Ensuring proper maintenance and training of scenery specific tools and equipment

  • Undertaking construction of more complex scenic elements and effects. Including but not limited to, automated machinery and specialized rigging

  • Assisting in maintaining the scene shop, stage, and backstage areas in a neat, orderly and safe condition

  • Assisting in maintaining stage equipment, such as chain motors, winches, automated effects, and rigging systems

  • Attending tech rehearsals, preview performances, and note sessions as scheduled in collaboration with the technical director

  • Managing all scenery staff including lead carpenter, carpenters, scenic charge, over-hires carpenters or painters, in absence or in lieu of the technical director

  • Participating in all load-ins and strikes

 

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Working collaboratively and inclusively, mindful that each brings their own unique style, thinking, culture, and talents to the team

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Creative problem solving

  • Discipline, flexibility, and adaptability

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to the integrity of a scenic design

  • A full familiarity and proficiency with AutoCAD and standard construction techniques

  • Comprehensive understanding of stage rigging, theatrical machinery, and basic electronics

  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive larger (non-CDL) vehicles

  • Experience with CNC, automation programing, or 3D drafting beneficial but not required

About Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage enters its 59th season continuing the theatre’s legacy of artistic excellence by creating theatrical works that enlighten, entertain, and educate. Renowned for producing innovative revivals of classics, as well as provocative new plays and musicals, Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Additional national recognition includes honors from the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing (OBIE), and the New York Critics Circle. Hartford Stage has produced over 80 world and North American premieres, including the new musical Anastasia, which enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical; and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other notable premieres include The Engagement Party by Samuel Baum; Make Believe by Bess Wohl; The Age of Innocence by Douglas McGrath; Seder by Sarah Gancher; Rear Window, adapted by Keith Reddin, and starring Kevin Bacon; An Opening in Time by Christopher Shinn; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty. Nationally-renowned titles include the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans’ Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger’s Children; and Tea at Five. Education The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Education @ Hartford Stage offers student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses. Education @ Hartford Stage programming reaches approximately 21,000 Connecticut students annually.

Mission

To enlighten, entertain, and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on our audiences, our community, and our field.

 

 

Hartford Stage Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Hartford Stage is in the midst of a vital transformation emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic and the national racial reckoning of the ingrained systemic racism within our institutions.  The theater acknowledges its history as a predominantly white institution in a city with a population that is majority Black and Latinx. Over the past year, staff and board have sought guidance from a variety of partners including Thought Partners Solutions, ArtEquity and Co-Creating Inclusive and Effective Organizations (CEIO) to establish new plans, policies and structures that build greater equity and belonging. We are continuing those efforts and are committed to the ongoing practice of anti-racism and social justice moving forward in order to create a more welcoming, inclusive, diverse and equitable organization for all.

Our Commitment to the Practice of Anti-Racism at Hartford Stage

We've been inspired by, supported by and called to action by our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues in the national theater scene and in our local community. We see you. We hear you. And, we see ourselves: a predominantly white institution in a city with a population that is majority Black and Latinx. We know that the steps we have made so far aren’t nearly enough. We are currently working on changes to our organization's culture, policies and practices that address these inequities and racial disparities. Up to this point, our work has been intentionally internal and reflective, prioritizing listening and learning in order to create long-lasting institutional and individual change. We know this work is never finished, that these commitments and pledges are living and evolving, growing in partnership and in practice. We do this to acknowledge the past, to transform in the present and to create a more equitable, creative tomorrow.

Action Steps 

  • Weekly Senior Team dialogue and workshops on anti-racism (how it effects organization, new practices, learnings, resources, activities) 

  • Monthly full staff dialogue/workshops on anti-racism

  • artEquity Everyday Justice Training available to staff annually

  • Additional trainings and resources offered as available 

  • Explicit line item for equity & anti-racism training

  • Increased funding for local Spanish-language media 

  • $15 minimum wage across the organization 

  • Land Acknowledgements at top of rehearsal process & select meetings; included in program

  • Commitment to local BIPOC vendors

  • Spanish language materials & captioning when possible

  • Continued relationship building with BIPOC communities, organizations, individuals across the region

  • Creation of LatinX affinity group amongst Board of Directors

  • Anti-racism & Equity on agenda for all Full Board Meetings 

 

Hartford Stage is committed to reopen with a strong anti-racist ethos and a collective recommitment to nurture and sustain a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging at our organization. We seek to build a team that is passionate about theatre and that reflects the abundant vibrancy and diversity of our city, state, and nation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender-identity, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, ability, age, national origin, class and veteran or immigrant status.

For more, please visit our live document:

https://www.hartfordstage.org/about-us/anti-racism-and-equity/

Covid Safety Policy

Hartford Stage is committed to keeping its staff, guest artists and patrons safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus which produces COVID-19 and its many variants. As such, Hartford Stage has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy which applies to all employees, volunteers, artists, actors, musicians, and creative team members who work in-person. Proof of full vaccination (fully vaccinated being two weeks after second shot (Pfizer/Moderna) or single shot (J&J)) and acknowledgment of Hartford Stage’s policy is required prior to beginning work on premises. In following CDC recommendation Hartford Stage will shift to using the CDC “Community Transmission” rates to recommend and determine mitigation steps to protect and keep its employees safe.

 

The community transmission rates can be found at: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html) and by entering the State of Connecticut and Hartford County in the appropriate drop down boxes. Members of the production group, will be held to those protocols in addition to any company policies. As health conditions and public recommendations are updated, these protocols may also be updated.

 

Audience Policy: Given the high vaccination rate in Connecticut, and following updated guidelines from medical professionals advising the performing arts, Hartford Stage will no longer require masks for most performances starting June 1. Masks will still be welcomed and encouraged. We will also no longer be checking proof of vaccination or a negative test upon entry into the theater. For patrons who would still prefer to be in an audience with masks required, we will continue to offer select performances with mandated masks and vaccination check at the door. Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 17 at 8:00pm, and Saturday, June 25 at 2:00pm have been designated as Mask & Vaccination Checks Required days.