University of North Carolina School of the Arts
DEPARTMENT: Performance Facilities
REPORTS TO: Performance Facilities Production Manager
JOB TYPE: SHRA Exempt - Fulltime
START DATE: January 2023
SALARY RANGE: $60,000 - $63,130 (GN13)
The Technical Director provides consultation and program/project administration for Performance Facilities and is a program manager. More specifically, they are responsible for the safety of everyone onstage and backstage, manage the operations of the stage and backstage, ensure that stage equipment is properly maintained and therefore safe to use, hire, schedule and manage both professional and UNCSA student stagehand crews, and demonstrate techniques to School of Design & Production students when they request this.
Since UNCSA theaters are also available to community and professional arts organizations on a rental basis, Technical Directors must also work successfully with those organizations (producers, presenters and road managers) and support the technical stage needs of those events and productions.
This position requires an irregular work schedule as the venue is in use from 8 a.m. – midnight, often seven days per week during the academic year, and somewhat shorter hours during the Summer. The technical staff of Performance Facilities must be adept at supporting the work of a very wide range of users, from the most professional and experienced to amateurs without experience.
The Technical Director is responsible for the safety of all persons onstage and backstage. This is the most important responsibility of this position. The TD ensures that all procedural policies are observed including safety guidelines, house policies, staff procedures, and dress code. If necessary, the TD will review improper or unsafe actions with appropriate individuals and take necessary action to alleviate any unsafe conditions or actions. The TD is responsible for the application of all OSHA requirements, as well as, IATSE guidelines, when applicable. The TD also ensures that the design elements are safe for audiences according to the standards of the Fire Marshall. The TD unlocks and locks the venue, ensures that there are no flammable materials on the stage or backstage and that there are no open flames onstage or backstage.
Works with students, faculty, staff, administration and community renters on a wide range of productions, events and meetings. The TD attends production meetings, collecting and providing detailed information on upcoming events and productions to users and staff. The TD works with the Production Manager to establish procedures to collect, review and maintain information and schedules. This position assists in the research, purchase and maintenance of specialized technical production equipment.
Works closely with UNCSA student and professional crews. The TD supervises all technical crews, including lead electricians, lead carpenters, sound crew, regular crew, backstage door attendant, and service providers. Technical Director is responsible for determining how many crew members and what skills are required to create the event. In the case of professional crews, The TD must arrange, well in advance, to hire crews through the IATSE local.
Works closely with UNCSA student crews. Student crews are drawn primarily from the School of Design and Production, but may also be drawn from other schools. D & P students are aspiring to become trained professionals in technical theater. Faculty are often not present for load-in, set-up, focus of lights, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances. When called upon by students, the TD demonstrates, offers advice and direction concerning the proper and safe professional manner to work with and operate the various equipment systems (rigging, lights, audio, projection, etc.).
Works with a range of vendors and crews related to repair and maintenance of stage floor, rigging, lighting equipment, sound equipment and projection equipment. Works with Facilities to ensure that temperature and ventilation in the facility are correct, and also that any necessary plumbing or electrical repairs are made on a timely basis.
This responsibility relates to the creation of productions rather than the safe operation of the theater. Ordinarily, productions are created by UNCSA D & P students in consultation with their faculty. A number of productions are no longer supported by D & P, and this responsibility has fallen to Performance Facilities. In the case of these productions, the TD identifies, hires, schedules, and manages production technical directors, production managers, stage managers, a team of designers (scenery, light, sound, costumes, projection and props), and secures and hires crews (for load-in, set-up, strike and running) for productions. This can be very time-consuming, and there is a significant budget related to this that needs to be managed. In addition, TD’s may be called upon at certain times to act as designers or be on the running crew. To that end, it is desirable that each TD have training and expertise in at least one of the following areas: lighting, audio, production management, stage management, production technical direction.
Recruitment and Hiring of Crew, Payroll Administration. As labor previously provided by student crews as part of their academic course of study is now replaced by paid labor, often by professionals, there is a significant budget to be managed. The TD’s must recruit, hire and train crews and ensure that their payroll submissions are overseen and approved.
Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training and experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
5 – 7 years of a combination of professional performing arts experience as a technical director or production manager, as well as experience in performing arts programs in higher education, that provide the employee with the functional work experiences needed to perform the tasks described above. Prefer a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in technical theater.
Managers must remain current and up-to-date in a number of technical specialties: theatrical rigging, lighting equipment, audio equipment, video equipment, fire laws, OSHA regulations, and union stagehand (IATSE) work rules. Professional development and certifications are necessary.
TD’s must determine how many crew members, hours and dollars are required to accomplish the work that the designers have envisioned in order to complete by the deadline.
Safety policies must be communicated clearly and enforced. Schedules and crew calls must be communicated clearly and on a timely basis. Communication with renters is important, as well.
TD’s manage crews and demonstrate leadership in production planning meetings. They must ensure that students comply with safety policies.)
About Performance Facilities at UNCSA
Performance Facilities safely schedules, manages and operates four theaters on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Performance Facilities supports the learning objectives of our students as established by our faculty. We also serve the needs of the great Winston-Salem community (both local arts organizations and audiences). We support the presentation of a wide range of productions and events by a wide range of users, from skilled performing arts professionals, to students learning to be professionals in the field, to complete amateurs.
At UNCSA, we strive to create a safe environment, one that allows people from all walks of life to thrive. Doing so demands that we commit to an explicit and continual process of identifying and dismantling systems and practices of bias, exclusion and oppression. Education and art making can be transformational forces for change and we are working so that change leads toward justice.
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