Des Moines Playhouse
Des Moines, IA

Expires: 03/14/22

Job Dates

Full-time Open Ended


$50,000 plus annually


The Technical Director is primarily responsible for supervision and implementation of all scenic elements, translating design into construction to support a directors vision, in a professional and artistic manner within the limitations of the Playhouses schedule, budget and talent resources.

The Technical Director must be a compassionate, passionate, and dynamic leader with experience producing high quality theatre while facilitating an individual and communal transformational process with people of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, LGBTQIA+ backgrounds.


Coordinate and supervise the building and painting of sets for 11 productions in two theatres (412-seat proscenium theatre and a 210-seat black box theatre) each season. The Associate TD for Audio/Video/Lighting/Projection, who supervises, lights, audio, and video, to facilitate the production process from the page to the stage. Work with the production team to maintain the facility in a safe and efficient manner to successfully mount productions in two theatre spaces. Participate in production and staff meetings as a full and active member of the Playhouse company.


* Collaborate with the rest of the artistic staff to attain the highest artistic achievement possible.
* Attend all production meetings as required to represent The Playhouse and provide expertise for the use of the stage and rigging systems.
* Attend rehearsals, tech and previews as necessary.
* Lead in the building of all sets for Playhouse Season (currently 11 productions a year).
* Ensure that all sets are painted and furnished as per artistic discussions with the Artistic Director or guest director.
* Be present at all technical rehearsals as requested by the artistic director and any Playhouse special events.
* Provide production stage managers with necessary production reports to keep communication lines open between night and day personnel and alert production personnel to potential needs and repairs.
* Maintain all production related theatre equipment. Anticipate equipment's need for replacement and receive permission before replacing any item over $300.00.
* All sets must be maintained throughout the production run and any new repairs needed during the course of the production are to be administered before the next scheduled performance.
* Oversee any and all strikes. Coordinate the work of all volunteer labor in these strikes and conduct such activity in an organized and friendly manner.
* Maintain the shop area and keep it in a neat and orderly fashion. Facilitate the storage of properties, set pieces, furnishings, and equipment.
* Keep track of all technical budgets all technical expenses for a given production.
* Adhere to Board-approved technical, maintenance and supply budgets for each production.
* Coordinate the work of all technical volunteers and guest designers.
* Assist with recruitment and training of technical volunteers, crews, light and soundboard operators, and carpenter volunteers.
* Work a minimum of 40 hours per week at the theatre, a minimum of which will be 4 hours per day during normal business hours.
* Oversee and provide for the rental or lending of theatrical properties, sets and equipment. Arrange for a timely pick-up and return of these properties.
* Maintain any storage facility used by The Playhouse.
* Follows all safety rules and recommendations from the Artistic Director, Fire Marshall(s), and Insurance Representative(s).
* Adhere to any and all policies and procedures established by the Artistic Director and/or Executive Director.
* Any other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director and/or Executive Director.


Full-time, exempt position.
* Health and Dental Plans for employee and family (75% paid by company)
* Paid time off
* Match for 401(k)
* Funds available for educational opportunities
* Flexible schedules within the context of a busy production schedule.

Salary to be determined by the needs and expectations of the applicant.

This job will require the applicant to clear a background check, once a job offer has been made.


Please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume and three references. Submit materials via email to David Kilpatrick, dkilpatrick@dmplayhouse.com. No phone calls please. Resumes are reviewed immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Start date is based on availability and prior commitments of applicants.

COVID Requirements: Staff voluntarily get vaccine. When open for the public, everyone except performers are masked.


David Kilpatrick

Executive Director



(515) 974-5353

Business Address

831 42nd Street

Des Moines, IA 50312

Posted: 09/14/2021 17:30:16 EST

Last Updated: 09/14/2021 21:00 EST

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