Des Moines Playhouse
Des Moines, IA

Expires: 03/14/22

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Full-time Open Ended


$45,000+ annually


The Associate TD for Audio/Video/Lighting/Projection is primarily responsible for supervision and implementation of all audio and video elements to support a director+#65533;s vision, in a professional and artistic manner within the limitations of the Playhouse's schedule, budget and talent resources.

The Technical Director for AV 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.


Design and setup the house sound system for musicals and straight plays in a 412-seat proscenium theatre. Coordinate with lighting design team (mixture of volunteers and contractors). Maintain the video and projection systems within the facility. Assist the Technical Director with building sets and other show-specific needs for 11 productions a season. Maintain lighting and sound equipment for a secondary theatre (black box). 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 sounds, lights, and projections.
* Attend rehearsals, tech and preview as necessary to design the Production. This includes all tech rehearsals unless approved in advance with Artistic Director.
* Train the Sound Board Operator to efficiently operate and balance the sound system during all performances.
* Operate sound board as needed to ensure that sound enhances the overall production quality and maintains professional standards of sound design.
* Train the Light Board Operator to function efficiently.
* Train the Followspot Operators to function efficiently.
* Train the videographer on use of the simple switch system.
* 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.
* Participate in all strikes.
* Maintain all production related theatre equipment. Anticipate equipment's need for replacement and receive permission before replacing any item over $300.00.
* Maintain the booth areas in two theatres to keep them clean and well-organized.
* Assist with recruitment and training of technical volunteers, crews, light and soundboard operators.
* 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.
* 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.


David Kilpatrick

Executive Director



(515) 974-5353

Business Address

831 42nd Street

Des Moines, IA 50312

Posted: 09/14/2021 17:34:01 EST

Last Updated: 09/14/2021 21:00 EST

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