Second Stage
Lead Technician

A word from Peter Dean, Director of Production, and Manny Bejarano, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and HR

Lead Technician

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Lead Technician

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: Flexible Start

SALARY RANGE: Base starting at $70,000



Second Stage offers a full benefits package including vacation, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, long-term disability coverage upon eligibility, parking and transit discounts, paid time off, 401k, and flexible spending/dependent care accounts.

Position Summary


The Second Stage Theater Production Management department is seeking a full time, seasonal Lead Technician for the Kiser Theater Off-Broadway. The Lead Technician serves as the representative from the Production office at the Kiser for all technical rehearsals and performances. The Lead Technician is a working member of the stage crew and is responsible for leading load-in and installation of scenery, props, and other stage elements, as well as hiring, supervising, and training additional crew members. The Lead Technician will oversee to scenery, automation, and rigging. Lead Technician may participate in other areas of production, working with appropriate department heads in props, electrics, sound, and video.

Essential Duties

  • ​Review technical specifications for bidding scenery

  • Hire carpentry crew for load-in

  • Lead carpentry crew to safely load-in and install scenery

  • In conjunction with Production Management hire, train, and oversee run crew for performances

  • Serve as Production Carpenter for all productions at the Kiser

  • As Production Carpenter, answer technical questions about all scenic and prop elements

  • In conjunction with Production address all safety needs and concerns in the Kiser Theater

  • Organization, maintenance, and storage of the Kiser Theater Production inventory

  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of all production spaces in the Kiser Theater

  • In conjunction with facilities department, address building issues during performances, as needed

  • Respond to and answer notes from the performance reports and Stage Management teams

  • Coordinate work calls and repairs for physical production elements

  • Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes, if required

  • Any other production related duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment

  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required

  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints

  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently

  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging

  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette

  • A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices

  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans and paperwork

  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record

  • The ability to climb ladders, reach above headbend, kneel, stoop, push, pull, participate in team lifts, and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential

  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration with designers, directors, artists and stage managers

  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team

  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot


About Second Stage


At Second Stage, we create and champion plays and musicals solely from living American writers. On our mainstage Broadway theater, the Hayes, and in our two Off Broadway theaters over the past 40 years, we have developed and presented over 200 daring and provocative theatrical experiences by working with countless artists who have contributed their talents to our award-winning productions. As the only Broadway company exclusively devoted to living American writers Second Stage is dedicated to introducing the world to bold and diverse voices of American creativity.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

In fulfillment of our pledge of solidarity, Second Stage has embarked on a path to become a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist organization. We are grateful to the Black Artist Coalition, Black Theater United, Broadway for Racial Justice, Asian American Performers Action Coalition, We See You White American Theater and others for raising awareness of inequities and racism throughout the theatre industry. Second Stage acknowledges our failures to uphold and practice anti-racist principles, behaviors and policies which have caused harm. We publicly express our commitment to this work and to being held accountable. This effort is an organization-wide commitment to learning, open dialogue and collaboration.


Our process is in early phases. We have commissioned outside experts to shepherd this work in partnership with staff across the organization. We have completed an organizational cultural assessment. The Board of Trustees has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; there is also a staff anti-racism working group. The next phase in this process will include additional assessments from outside and inside the organization. Using the results of the organizational culture assessment as our foundation, Second Stage leadership, administrative and artistic staff are entering a sustained period of learning, training and dialogue about equity, inclusion and anti-racism. 2nd Stage has a Transformation Team that includes members from the staff, leadership, and board level that is setting accountability benchmarks to ensure our EDI work is taken seriously. While still in development this team is working diligently to ensure that 2nd Stage is becoming a more inclusive and transparent environment. This will drive our work to develop a comprehensive 5-year plan of measurable strategies to integrate inclusive, anti-racist principles throughout the organization. We will share updates as more concrete steps are put in place.



Covid Safety Policy


Second Stage Theater (“Second Stage”) continues to focus on the health and safety of its employees, artists, their families, and other members of its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our intent to have a fully vaccinated and boosted company and all employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted before the first day of in-person work. This policy will continue to comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal, state, and local health authorities, as applicable.