Reporting to the Associate Artistic Producer the Theater Operations Manager/Technical Director manages and directs the operation of the technical stage facilities and equipment at the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse. The Theater Operations Manager/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 safety standards.

Responsibilities

  • Develop the technical stage facilities annual budget; ensure effective use of human, fiscal, and physical resources to realize creative uses of space
  • Attend, schedule, coordinate, and supervise the execution of technical design elements in consultation with a production team that includes the Production Stage Manager, Properties Master, and the Costume Shop Manager.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor maintenance programs and procedures; coordinate approved maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the Blackfriars Playhouse, and other ASC working spaces; order and maintain artistic operating supplies used by the theatre
  • Attend and coordinate technical needs for dress techs and dress rehearsals, working closely with the Production Stage Manager
  • Supervise and assist with props and set construction
  • Supervise full-time properties manager
  • Assist in recruiting, training, and supervision of interns and/or paid technical staff
  • Work with Box Office Manager to approve uses of facilities by renters. Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics, and other areas of facility operations; facilitate use of the facilities by rentals as approved by the ASC
  • 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
  • Coordinate custodial crew and perform light janitorial duties as required
  • Schedule requires some evening and weekend work

Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who hold:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in technical theatre, plant, building operations & maintenance, and/or construction fields
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws associated with performing arts and building safety, and up-to-date theatre safety policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge and ability to work with Excel for budgeting and spreadsheets, Google Calendar, AutoCad and/or Vectorworks design programs, and familiarity with ETC Express Console
  • Series lighting board
  • Ability to teach students and other staff to operate machinery safely and effectively, at a range of skill levels
  • 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, handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously, and have a high degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and climb stairs and ladders comfortably
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

About the ASC

Using a unique yet versatile and flexible embrace of Shakespearean performance conditions, American Shakespeare Center produces new and classic in repertory seasons in the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor stage.

The “original practices” approach utilizes technical theatre that corresponds with our ever-evolving understanding of early-modern theatre-making, emphasizing the hand-made and operated and the live performer in all aspects of production. The Playhouse boasts an authentic, permanent “frons scena” that can be lightly modified and the majority of the productions are performed in universal, share light provided by a combination of chandeliers and theatrical lighting equipment.

 

Poised for growth, ASC has been gradually expanding its artistic and technical capacity under dynamic, new leadership. Using its repertory model, ASC successfully produces between 14-16 productions approximately 48 weeks a year both at home and on a tour that sends a company of 13 traveling actors and managers out on the road from Maine to Texas (and beyond).

This is an opportunity to join, and lead, a company with a growing national reach both within the theatre and the academy, becoming a part of an institution where theatre practice and scholarship work side-by-side.

Position Salary

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Full health benefits package available
  • Housing negotiable
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