Virginia Stage Company
Norfolk, VA

Expires: 12/31/20

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$38,000 - $44,0000 annually

A key position of the Virginia Stage Company, the Technical Director (TD) directly manages the Scenic Department and coordinates closely with the Electrics, Sound and Props Departments. The TD coordinates all scenic aspects for the theatre. The TD requests bids and purchases materials in consultation with the Production Manager, creates construction drawings in consultation with the Scenic Designer, and supervises carpentry staff to execute all scenic elements. The TD optimizes scenic department workflow, ensures facilities and equipment are in excellent operating order, and guarantees that material resources are available on a timely basis. The Technical Director works closely with the Scenic Designer and other creatives to make certain that designs are realized in a timely, safe, and cost-effective manner.

Scene Shop Personnel including the Scenic Charge

This is a full-time, exempt position which will require the ability to work weekends and nights with regularity. A competitive salary ranging $38,000 - $44,000 and benefits package will be commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include paid time off, medical coverage with modest employee share, free parking and other coverages.


In collaboration with Scenic Designers, the TD estimates, budgets, and tracks all expenditures of the scene shop and stage operations.
Process all necessary human resources and accounting paperwork in a timely manner, including over-hire paperwork, timesheets, accident reports, spending requests, and expense reports.
Reports an updated budget weekly to the Production Manager

Collaborates with staff to fulfill all institutional goals
Participates in future season and facility planning
Communicates scenic needs, concerns, and events to Production Manager.
Attend design presentations, production meetings, tech note sessions, run-throughs, rehearsals and previews as assigned.

Management and Scheduling:
Coordinates with Production Management to assure that each production is installed on time and within budget.
Collaborates closely with the other department heads in the safe, cost-efficient and timely construction, load-in, and strike of each production.
Collaborates with the other department heads to ensure scheduling of stage time, needs concerning construction, and modifications needed to help any other department.
Works with each production department head to ensure a timely load-in of each production.
Ensures that all shop personnel are trained in the proper use and maintenance of all power tools and mechanics necessary for daily use in the shop.
Oversees the inventory and maintenance of all stock scenery, soft goods, and saved scenic units.
Ensures inventory of construction materials, hardware, and expendables needed for each production as well as yearly upkeep for the scene shop.
Participate in season planning which includes reading scripts, preliminary budgeting, and preliminary scheduling.

Safety and Cleanliness:
Oversees rigging necessary for each space/event to make certain the safe installation of all overhead mechanics, automation, and flown scenery/personnel.
Oversees routine inspection and maintenance of all equipment.
Maintains a clean and safe workspace for all personnel.

Other Duties:
Serve as the Facilities Manager and coordinate any facility needs with the City of Norfolk.
Serve as the steward for all rentals that take place in Wells Theatre
The Technical Director performs other duties as assigned by Production Manager

Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:
Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver multiple projects on time and on budget with an eye to artistic excellence.
Must demonstrate superior communication skills in order to collaborate effectively with a vast array of artists, technicians, and administrators with diverse backgrounds.
Ability to manage a team effectively and efficiently, delegating tasks based on a team members skills and competency.
Knowledge of modern theatrical construction methods including rigging, pneumatics, and structures along with a wide variety of materials and skills such as carpentry, welding, rigging, sewing, etc.
Must maintain a safe and orderly working environment.

Education and Experience
3 - 5 years of experience in a leadership role, such as a scenic shop foreman, Assistant Technical Director and/or Technical Director in the theatre or related field.
Proficiency in Vectorworks, AutoCAD, or other CAD software.
While not required, experience with ETC Foundation Rigging Control software is a plus.

Physical Demands/Work Environment
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Ability to spend significant time on doing office work at a computer
Frequent standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping, and heavy lifting may also be required.
Work at height on ladders and personnel lifts may be necessary

Virginia Stage Company strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Virginia Stage Company (VSC) is a professional regional theater producing high-quality productions at the Historic Wells Theatre in downtown Norfolk, VA. Founded in 1978 by community members who had a deep desire to make theatre a part of the areas cultural life, VSC continues to enhance the artistic landscape of Hampton Roads with seven mainstage productions every season in addition to numerous education + community engagement initiatives. With an average annual attendance of 58,000+ people, VSC has drawn over 3 million patrons to downtown Norfolk in the past quarter century and is the leading theatre of note in southeastern Virginia. VSC has a reputation for creating engaging and highly inventive productions onstage and beyond the walls of the theatre, reaching a wider and more diverse audience. VSCs mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the region by creating and producing theatrical art of the highest quality.
Virginia Stage Company strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups in our community to apply.


Carolyn Thatcher

Production Manager


(757) 627-6988

Business Address

P.O. Box 3770

Norfolk, VA 23514

Posted: 10/04/2020 13:51:46 EST

Last Updated: 10/04/2020 17:00 EST

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