Houston Ballet
Houston, TX
Production House

Expires: 10/06/21

Job Dates

Full-time, Benefits Eligible


Ranges $55,000 - $65,000 / yearly, plus full benef

Picture yourself at an amazing organization committed to inspiring a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography, and superb educational programs. At Houston Ballet, we recognize our responsibility to be an open, welcoming, and anti-racist organization where students, dancers, musicians, production crew, staff, trustees, and volunteers of all backgrounds collaboratively learn, work, and serve. Join us, and youll be surrounded by creative teams who challenge you, support you, inspire you, and celebrate artistic achievement.

As the Technical Director, youll be responsible for drafting, generating + distributing all technical paperwork for every company production. This position manages + supervises all work activities of the IATSE union stage crew at the warehouse and while in production at the theater or on tour. Working closely with the Head of Production, the Technical Director is integral in the assessment, planning, budget forecasting and archiving of all company productions and tours.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Including the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Research and assess upcoming productions to determine how best to efficiently execute the prep work, load-in, show run, load-out and any shipping/routing logistics
Assess productions to determine and accomplish maintenance needs prior to load-in
Draft, generate and distribute all technical paperwork for the production department including but not limited to hanging schedules, ground plans, sections, routing logistics. Update and archive the same post- production, with strong attention to detail and thought to future remounts
Coordinate external shop bids + all fabrication for any new productions or production elements
Work with Houston Ballets Artistic Staff + Production Staff, as well as visiting designers + choreographers, to coordinate artistic and technical needs
Oversee and manage the consistent application of the stagehand IATSE agreement, including filling all work calls consistent with the agreement and taking part in the negotiating process
Manage six (6) full-time contract union stage crew department heads
Manage and supervise all work activities of the Union stage crew at the warehouse and while in production at the theater or on tour. Coordinate workflow between the various crew departments
Supervise the hang, installation and implementation during all load-ins, work notes and loadouts
Attend all technical/dress rehearsals and actively participate in producing and maintaining Houston Ballets aesthetic for all productions and supervise the running of productions
Hold post stage rehearsal production meetings. Generate, distribute and follow through with daily crew notes
Attend performances (as assigned) to serve as the Production Department Manager on Duty
Organize all local + touring trucking needs, parking permits and police. Occasionally drive a 26 box truck
Prepare all routing sheets for moves from warehouse, Ballet Center and local theatres
Manage the warehouse stock by developing + maintaining inventories of scenery, soft goods and properties
Assess potential venues for Company and Academy Touring
Work with the Head of Production to generate Technical Riders for potential Company and Academy tours
Work with crew in developing carnet documents for touring overseas
Organize all permits and coordinate with the Fire Department for any pyrotechnics or open flame use
Assist with the set-up and strike of the Dance Lab for Houston Ballet events and meetings, as needed
Order expendables and coordinate rentals for all Houston Ballet productions
Conduct backstage tours for donors and other VIPs, as needed
Assist the SMs with procurement or fabrication of misc. rehearsal props

Bachelors Degree in theater technology preferred
Minimum five years professional tech theater experience with a major ballet/opera/theatre company
Advanced proficiency with current release of Vectorworks, including 3D drafting
Experience and familiarity with ETC Lighting Consoles (Eos / Ion)
Working knowledge of Media servers (QLab, WatchOut) and video projection equipment
Familiarity with theatrical automation
Basic Carpentry and Rigging skills
Familiarity with IATSE contracts and work rules

Valid Drivers License
Strong work ethic
Detail-oriented with excellent problem-solving skills
Great communicator and an active listener
Ability to work as a team member + collaborate with others who may have skillsets or experience below or above your own
Proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Suite (Office 365), Vectorworks, Q-Lab, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, etc.

Organization/Planning Develops clearly defined, realistic, measurable objectives that are consistent with the companys objectives. Organizes personal workload and sets priorities; Uses time efficiently. Meets deadlines consistently.
Job Knowledge Possesses the skills, knowledge and expertise required to perform the essential aspects of the job as well as any other specific educational and/or certification requirements
Communication Communicates effectively in writing and verbally; expresses complex ideas in simple terms. Clearly and concisely expresses in individual or group situations. Comprehends and processes information and responds to communication from others. Communicates, empathizes, uses diplomacy, influences, and gains cooperation. Interacts effectively across functions and levels of the company.
Flexibility/Adaptability Admits and corrects mistakes; ensures the integrity of work. Accepts constructive criticism or responsibility for outcomes. Effectively responds to change. Adjusts to and accepts changes in direction and priorities. Sees changes in the business or work environment, understands implications and adjusts priorities as needed on short notice.
Client-Peer Orientation Builds partnerships, networks and coalitions with peers and others. Probes to discover peer underlying needs and matches available or customized services and resources to that need.

Work Environment:
Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation, and dark-lighted, indoor theatrical setting with adequate ventilation, and well-lighted, non-HVAC controlled warehouse and outdoor theatre setting
Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic), and Loud noise (examples: saws, drills, vacuums, white noise, orchestral + recorded music)
Regular work hours (approximate): Monday Friday, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Irregular work hours: This position will at times be required to work outside the regular work hours, with significant nights and weekends

Physical Demands:
Moving body downward and forward by bending legs and spine; kneeling
Ascending or descending stairs, ramps, ladders and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms
Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances/periods of time
Using upper extremities to exert up to 50 pounds of force in order to lift, carry, push, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion
Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
Manual dexterity sufficient to work with the fingers

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Statement:
Houston Ballet Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

Houston Ballet embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. We recognize our responsibility to be an open, welcoming, and anti-racist organization where students, artists, staff, trustees, and volunteers of all backgrounds collaboratively learn, work, and serve. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are instrumental in the fulfillment of our mission and values. We address the challenges of our future in a culture that honors what is unique in all of us. Join us, together we are Houston Ballet.

Core Values:
Houston Ballets shared values are essential to our success as a world class ballet company and academy. These values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape our culture.

Excellence: Employees show a passion for results. Our programs are recognized and awarded for excellence. We are committed to delivering quality programs at the highest standard. Work in all departments matches the caliber of the programming on stage.

Engaged: Employees are proud to be a part of a company that produces art and trains artists. They attend our performances and are tremendous advocates for the education and community engagement programs we offer. They are all in and are well versed in the mission of Houston Ballet.

Driven: Employees who are driven to take a goal and run with it. They need little prodding and they're excited to deliver results beyond the expectations of their supervisor. Employees that embrace being held accountable for their actions and work. They often deliver results superior to what was asked for and they reinvent SOPs leaving the job they're in better than they found it. Much of their work product becomes the standard for individuals who fill their role for years to come.

Collaborative: Employees unite around Houston Ballets mission and support each other in reaching goals. We share information widely and generously, and we treat our team members, customers, and patrons with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. We nurture the growth and understanding of how each of us fits into the larger picture and we celebrate organizational achievements.

Patron Centered: Our patrons (subscribers/supporters/donors/stakeholders) are at the center of all we do and are at the top of our minds in our decisions and actions. Our patrons are delighted by the excellent customer service they receive at every interaction at Houston Ballet.


Rachel Koenig

Director of Human Resources



(713) 449-7333

Business Address

601 Preston

Houston, TX 77002

Posted: 04/06/2021 12:43:00 EST

Last Updated: 04/06/2021 15:00 EST

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