Reporting to the Artistic Director and Managing Director, the Technical Director manages and directs the operation of the technical stage facilities and equipment at the American Shakespeare Center (ASC). The ASC performs year-round at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, and on-tour across the eastern half of the United States. The Technical Director manages all maintenance service contracts, personnel, and finances, and ensures consistent and effective maintenance programs, policies and procedures to comply with legislative codes and standards. Safety is the number one concern for the Technical Director.


  • Schedule, attend, and run production and/or design meetings
  • Attend and coordinate all dress techs and dress rehearsals, working closely with the Stage Manager
  • Identify maintenance and supply needs; coordinate approved maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the Blackfriars Playhouse, artist housing, and other ASC working spaces; order and maintain supplies used by the theatre
  • Develop, implement, and monitor maintenance programs and procedures
  • Develop the technical stage facilities annual budget; ensure effective use of human, fiscal, and physical resources
  • Supervise and assist with props, set, and stage construction and management
  • Supervise part-time properties manager
  • Assist in recruiting, training, and supervision of volunteer and/or paid technical staff
  • Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics, and other areas of facility operations; facilitate the use of the technical facilities by the resident troupes and others using the facility
  • Maintain theatre building, tools and equipment, and soft goods inventory
  • Assist Managing Director in planning for the acquisition of capital equipment and capital improvements; developing strategies to reduce exposure to risks; ensuring compliance with codes/regulations, health and safety requirements; developing business plans to address maintenance and facility renewal; compiling statistical building data
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure the facilities are maintained to a high standard
  • Establish and implement preventive maintenance programs, utility services and maintenance service contracts within allocated resources; make improvements as required
  • Provide leadership and training to staff for continuous improvement in operations, maintenance, security, health and safety, etc.
  • Coordinate custodial crew and perform light janitorial duties as required
  • May mentor and supervise production assistants
  • Schedule requires some evening and weekend work


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in technical theatre, plant, building operations & maintenance, and/or construction field
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Knowledge and experience with current technology on all theatrical systems including lighting, sound, rigging, and related electronics
  • Knowledge of up-to-date theatre safety policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Ability to teach students and other staff to operate machinery safely and effectively, at a range of skill levels
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws associated with performing arts and building safety
  • Skilled in leading and coordinating work by others, including contractors
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and climb stairs and ladders comfortably
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy

Position Salary:

$30,000 with benefits


Applications close March 16.