Technical Director and Production Manager Position
Technical Director responsibilities include supervision and coordination of all technical aspects of planning and executing scenic, lighting and sound design elements for two Shakespeare plays to be performed site-specifically on the grounds of the former American Shakespeare Festival Theater, in a rotating repertory performance schedule. Production Manager responsibilities include coordination of the production team and ensuring that all aspects of the production are completed within budget and on time.
The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford (SA@S) is a 6-week theater and performance program that uniquely combines the study of Shakespeare's text, contemporary ensemble training and the opportunity to rehearse and perform in two Shakespeare productions in repertory. The fourteen-member ensemble trains and performs on the property that once housed the legendary American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, CT. Program dates: June 26-August 8th, 2017. Primary responsibilities during July.
Entering its 4th season, the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is a project of the Mighty Quinn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the educational and theatrical experiences of young men and women. To honor Quinn Rooney's passion for learning and love of theater, the MQF provides scholarships and theater study programs for high school and college students, and early career professionals including the Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarships.
A lifelong Stratford resident, Quinn grew up next door to the grounds of the former American Shakespeare Festival Theater and always hoped to see it revitalized. Quinn passed away in June 2012 from a rare form of brain cancer at age 19, having led life to the fullest — traveling around the world, performing in numerous theatrical productions, graduating from high school and attending Loyola University of Chicago. The example of Quinn's great joy, utmost generosity, indefatigable spirit, and love for the fellowship of sharing theater with friends is at the heart of Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford's founding values.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support of Artistic Vision and Goals: Work with the MQF, Artistic Director, Guest Director and designers to ensure that each production achieves its goals in production. Providing technical support for other theater events and projects, including occasional facilities projects, as requested.
Realization of Designs: Responsible for achieving technical production deadlines, establishing and maintaining production standards. Organizing and lead production meetings. Coordinating the transportation and installation of physical production needs across departments. Purchasing needed materials and supplies, and hiring appropriate rental equipment. Coordinating on-site construction of physical production needs.
Budget Management: Evaluate the cost of each design in advance of construction and work closely with designers, directors and Artistic staff to make the project feasible, affordable and safe (including appropriate planning for weather conditions in outdoor spaces). Facilitate an accurate purchase and cash handling process for all production personnel. Maintaining information regarding vendor contacts, pricing and product availability.
Calendars/Scheduling: Forecast a production build schedule, including requisite labor and materials to bring production to completion on time and on budget. Develop load-in and strike calendar for each show. Maintain efficient use of the spaces.
Safety & Maintenance: Facilitate a safe environment for all employees in accordance with legal and company codes. Maintain and improve physical spaces, tools, and equipment.
The ideal candidate would demonstrate respect for diverse backgrounds and voices, a commitment to inclusion and enjoy operating collaboratively in a tight-night, creative and fast-paced environment.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in technical theater, production management, or theatrical design with demonstrable expertise in theater management, theatrical carpentry, electrics & sound, set dressing, and props.
Have a valid driver’s license
Be able to lift 50 pounds
Previous outdoor theater experience preferred
Special Environmental Factors
Theater is open-air and work includes exposure to sunlight and hot weather for extended periods of time.
Variable schedule, requires evening and weekend hours during load-ins and technical rehearsals.
Some local travel
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