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Guthrie Theater

Associate Technical Director

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Full Time
Category: Theatrical performance and direction

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: Depends on qualifications

Job description

Reports to: Technical Director

The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.

Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

The Associate Technical Director (Associate TD), in collaboration with the Technical Director, is responsible for the preparation and organization of technical information to ensure the safe and efficient construction of all shows within our season, across three venues. As technical design lead, the Associate TD works with the TD in daily operations of the Scene Shop, producing AutoCAD drawings and engineering of scenery. The Associate TD must work collaboratively with the design team and all Guthrie employees. All members of Guthrie staff are expected to work by our four core values: artistic excellence, community, equity, diversity, inclusion, and fiscal responsibility. This position is full-time and exempt.

1. Support and collaborate with design teams
• Act as primary point of contact on assigned productions.
• Collaborate with the design team and other production departments to establish methods for the design and execution of the scenery and/or other elements of productions.
• Acts as a liaison on interdepartmental projects.
• Consult with designers and production department members on any issues that arise during the production process which pertain to the build, installation, operation, and strike of the scenery.
• Attend Production Staff Meetings and share pertinent information with shop employees.
• Attend Technical Notes Sessions.

2. Manage scenery construction/install process
• Prepare and organize the technical information pertaining to the scenery for specific productions so that the productions can be built, installed, and struck by shop employees in a timely, safe, and resource efficient manner.
• Proactively plan and foster communication on upcoming shows.
• Review/revise budget estimates for each production by tracking all relevant information through the rehearsal reports and ensuring these requests match the allocated budget and resource, as given to you by the Director of Production.
• Engineer technical solutions for scenic elements based on the designer drawings
• Review/prepare a build, load-in, and strike schedule for each production based on the available staff labor and the calendar issued by the production management.
• Communicate the technical information to shop employees and other departments so the productions can be built and installed in a safe, timely, and resource efficient manner.
• Monitor and oversee the progress of technical drawings for all scenic elements based on the designer drawings so they can be built by the shop staff or vendors.
• Collaborate with the Shop Supervisor on a daily basis to monitor project progress, equipment and staffing needs.
• Determine/monitor tool and supply needs and purchases.
• Maintain a running dialogue with the designers to ensure that changes to the design are communicated to the appropriate members of the production team.

3. Supervision and Leadership
• Manage and support the personnel in the scene shop to promote a safe, healthy, and productive working environment.
• Actively participate in team building. Fostering a work environment of artistic excellence, community, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and financial responsibility
• Advise on hiring of staff members and overhire to ensure quality work in the shop.
• Attend and/or run shop meetings to pass pertinent information along to the shop employees.
• Coach and develop staff members by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and aiding in completing annual performance evaluations..
• Organize and run debrief meetings with TD following the opening of each production.
• Act as back up to Technical Director in maintaining timesheets, Personal Time Off requests, and other personnel records.

4. Administration and Shop Maintenance
• Project expenses and manage expenses on a per-show basis.
• Maintain files on shows.
• Organize and prepare information for daily maintenance of the scene shop.
• Manage stock and common areas to ensure safety and security.
• Collaborate with TD regarding workflow and projects of Assistant TD.
• Take an active role in maintenance and cleanliness of performance venues.
• Collaborate with Shopper/Buyer to ensure materials are purchased in a timely and resource efficient manner, and correctly allocated to various budgets.
• Work with the Shopper/Buyer and Shop Supervisor to maintain an inventory of materials and a safe working environment for the shop employees so they may work safely and efficiently.
• Work with Master Automation Carpenter to ensure safety of automation and scenic systems. Advise and recommend methods to improve work practices.
• Work with the TD and Shopper/Buyer to research and prepare requests for capital improvements.

Qualifications or requirements

• At least five years’ experience in theater or commercial scenery production; or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
• Experience, ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
• Expert level theatrical engineering design using a wide variety of construction materials and methods.
• Proficiency with AutoCAD is a must; 3D experience preferred.
• Advanced knowledge in theatrical rigging practices and counterweight rigging systems.
• Experience with of hydraulics, pneumatics, and theatrical automation – Creative Conners and Hudson DWU knowledge a plus
• Skills in carpentry, welding, rigging, and sewing to draw upon when engineering technical designs.
• Skill in word processing, spreadsheets, and online collaboration tools for information preparation, organization, and communication.
• Experience in preparing budgets, labor estimates, build calendars, and staffing.
• Project management skills to oversee multiple projects in various stages of design or build.
• Ability to lead and/or supervise crews to keep the flow of work moving forward at an efficient rate.
• Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of collaborators with diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to research an unknown process or material so it may be applied to a technical solution for a scenic element.
• Ability to spend approximately 50% of time on the computer or engaged in other tasks involving repetitive motion.
• Ability to be adaptable to new situations and shifting priorities, while quickly solving problems that may arise in order to get work done

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:
• Cover letter
• Resume
• References (3 total)

The Guthrie is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

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