Park Square Theatre
Saint Paul, MN
Production House

Expires: 07/31/18

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40,000-52,000 annually

The Position

The Technical Director plans and manages the production of all scenery and provides technical coordination of costuming, lights and sound; supports the Artistic Director in producing work that is always exceptional in quality in a highly competitive market; takes a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically rewarding, welcoming to artists and employees of diverse backgrounds, efficient and safe. The idea candidate is a highly motivated self-starter who knows how to support high theatricality and big theatre aesthetics with mid-sized budgets.

Plan and manage scenery production; coordinate and support production designs and technical needs
Work with the Artistic Staff (Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Assistant Technical Director and Production Manager) and the Theatres leadership team to plan and budget each seasons work and coordinate detailed production/performance schedules
Collaborate with Artistic Staff and each productions creative team to develop designs that are creative, feasible for our resources, and safe
Prep for builds: engineer and draft as needed; schedule and hire labor; order materials and supplies
Schedule and supervise shop labor (including construction and finishing); assist or build as appropriate
Coordinate builds and load-ins so that rehearsals can safely move on set as scheduled, technical rehearsals can be fully productive, and scenic and technical elements are completed for first public performance
Assure the highest safety standards for all direct reports, other staff and visitors in accordance with OSHA, fire inspection and workers compensation standards (e.g. air quality/dust collection; auditory safety; fire safety; equipment handling, etc.)
Maintain production equipment and stock
Hire, supervise and train: Construction, Change-over and Strike, Rehearsal and Run Crews, Finish and Painting Specialists; Electricians, Programmers and Operators
Approve and assure accurate and timely processing of weekly and bi-weekly payroll
Assure timely submission and monitoring of all purchase orders/receipts, reports of all expenditures, and contracting to the appropriate staff members
Coordinate with the Production Manager and Assistant Technical Director to cover appropriate staff and production meetings; technical and dress rehearsals; previews or initial performances

Coordinate with the Facility and Events Manager to plan and undertake facility or equipment upgrades and repairs in the on-stage and back stage areas
Coordinate with the Facility and Events Manager and other appropriate staff to schedule and staff production facility rentals
Attend and participate in departmental, organization and external meetings, trainings, committees and events as required
Represent the Theatre and build positive relationships on its behalf within the profession and with others as appropriate
Other duties as assigned


Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. The ideal candidate will have the following:

Five years professional experience in technical theatre, including experience in a repertory environment and experience with musicals
Appropriate training and management experience. BA. BFA or MFA in Technical Production is a plus, but not a requirement.
Experience supporting new play development is a plus
A thorough knowledge of carpentry, welding and theatrical rigging as well as a demonstrated knowledge and experience of theatrical construction
Experience of theatrical sound, lighting and video production
The ability to generate working drawings in AutoCad, Vectorworks, or SketchUp.
Experience in scheduling, hiring and managing others
Personal, planning and communications skills that can support both complex processes and diverse fellow staff and artists
The ability to manage a full-time schedule that incorporates flexibility for evening and weekend responsibilities

Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer committed to affirmative action and a welcoming work environment for people of diverse communities. 0618

Position Title: Technical Director
Reports To: Artistic Director
Coordinates with: Associate Artistic Director, Facilities + Events Manager, Director of Finance/Operations, Executive Director, other department heads
Collaborates with: Guest Designers, Directors, and Stage Managers
Direct Reports: Assistant Technical Director; Rep Crew Head; Shop, Performance and Production Labor; Change-over Crews
Union Relationships: Actors Equity (SPT-6-10 and TYA); Musicians Union for traditional musicals
Status: Full Time, Salaried exempt
Hours: Full-time position, requiring evening and weekend work in addition to weekdays
Salary: Range $40s to low $50s, depending on experience
Compensation: Health insurance (employee contributes $100/month); Dental insurance (100% of employee premium); parking; 17-22 PTO days and paid holidays. 403b/Roth IRA available (no employer match).

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2018
Interviews: August 2018
Anticipated start date: September 2018

Submit resum+eacute;, including history as a working artist, and cover letter in PDF format to companymanager@parksquaretheatre.org. Questions may also be directed there.
Theatre Mission, Overview and Programming

Park Square Theatre is Saint Pauls regional theatre, serving Minnesotas third largest subscriber base and largest teen theatre audience. Our artistry, programming, audiences and budget size put us among the top three producing theatres in Minnesota, after The Guthrie Theatre and Children's Theatre Company.

Park Square opened in 1975 in an 80-seat walk-up in the Park Square Court building. With our move to the Historic Hamm Building in 1997, we began our strong relationship with Actors Equity Association (AEA), and embraced a leading role as a local producer of new work by living writers including world premiere commissions and important second productions of work in development. We have grown into one of Minnesotas top employers of local stage talent. We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We produce in two fully-equipped theaters located in the heart of downtown St. Paul. We work with AEA (SPT6-10 and TYA), Stage Directors + Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Twin Cities Musicians Union for traditional musicals.

Artistic partnerships, from friendly rentals to full co-productions, have become an important part of our business model. With the opening of the Boss Stage, we piloted a 3-year Theatre in Residence program.

Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. People under-represented in the Technical Theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Proscenium Stage
Park Square Theatre has been producing in the 350-seat proscenium auditorium of the Historic Hamm Building since 1997. Recently remodeled with a taller arch, increased wheelchair seating, new seats and finishes, the Proscenium offers a great view from every seat in the house.

The Andy Boss Thrust Stage
Named for Saint Paul civic leader, banker and philanthropist W. Andrew Boss, our newest stage, opened in 2014, is an intimate 200-seat thrust theater that can function as a turn-key, stand-alone performance facility for both Park Square and producing partners.

Education and Community Outreach Programs
Our award-winning education program serves over 30,000 7-12th grade students every year with weekday performances of both literary classics and cutting edge contemporary theatre. The producing model is built on a rotating repertory of American literary classics (Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, The House on Mango Street, A Raisin in the Sun); the four most widely taught Shakespeare titles (Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo + Juliet, Macbeth); and cross-over works from our subscription season that offer rich content to schools.

The educational community we serve includes middle- and high-school teachers and their students from all types of schools (16% urban, 41% suburban and 43% rural schools last year) in the region.

In addition to low cost daytime matinee performances, we meaningfully engage students from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and NE Iowa through the following in-depth programs:
Immersion Days include hands-on workshops taught by master artists and our Build-a-Moment interactive demonstration with the cast and production designers.
Inner-City Partnerships provide Immersion Days over the year at greatly reduced prices ($5 per student vs. $24) to partner schools, as well as up to 24 hours of in-school contact time with artists of their choice.
Theatre Ambassadors is a 9-month leadership-development program for senior high students: 10 master classes; 6 productions; and post-show dialogues with cast, designers and fellow Ambassadors; a service learning project with an artist to fill a gap in their schools arts learning.

2018-2019 Season
Proscenium Stage
The Agitators by Mat Smart (Sept 21 Oct 28, 2018) Historical Drama / Regional Premiere
Marie and Rosetta by George Brant (Nov 23 Dec 30, 2018) Drama with Music / Regional Premiere
A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare (Student matinees only) (Dec 4 21, 2018)
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence Girl Friday Productions:
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder (Feb 7 Mar 3, 2019) American Classic Comedy
The Diary of Anne Frank By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (Student matinees only) Mar 18 May 17, 2019
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence Flying Foot Forum
Heaven Created and Directed by Joe Chvala; Music by Chan Poling (May 31 Jun 23, 2019) Drama / Music / Dance
Rule of Thumb By Agatha Christie (July 12 Aug 25, 2019) Mystery / Twin Cities Premiere

Boss Stage
Sometimes Theres Wine By Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool (Sept 14 Oct 14, 2018) Comedy
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Student matinees only) ( Oct 29 Nov 30, 2018) Drama
Park Square Presents the Daniel Groups production of
Triple Espresso (Nov 9, 2018 Jan 13, 2019) Comedy
Antigone By Sophocles; Adapted and Directed by Meagan Kedrowski (Feb 1 Mar 3, 2019) Tragedy
Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare, Adapted and directed by David Mann (Student matinees only (Mar 11 May 3, 2019)
Park Square Presents Theatre in Residence PRIME Productions
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison (Apr 19 May 19, 2019) Drama
Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant Book, Music and Lyrics by Keith Hovis (Jun 14 Jul 28, 2019) Musical / World Premiere


Michael-Jon Pease

Executive Director


(651) 767-8497

Business Address

408 St. Peter Street, Suite 110

Saint Paul, MN 55102

Posted: 07/11/2018 14:29:47 EST

Last Updated: 07/11/2018 17:00 EST

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