5th Avenue Theatre
Technical Director

A word from Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director, and Ryan Gastelum, Production Manager.

Technical Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: 04/17/2023

SALARY RANGE: $90k - $100k


  • 100% Employer covered Medical, Dental & Vision package

  • Sick, Personal & Vacation time

  • Commuter benefits (Orca Card and reduced-price parking)

  • Life Insurance, AD&D & Long-term Disability Insurance

  • Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account

  • Complimentary Tickets

  • Company Paid Holidays.

Relocation Assistance: Negotiable


Position Summary

The Technical Director in conjunction with Production Management supports the director's and designers’ visions within the allotted time, budget, and scope, while managing the technical staff and maintaining high values of artistic excellence; equity, diversity, inclusion, and access; and fiscal responsibility. The TD must possess a demonstrated background in theatrical technical direction, experience leading a high-functioning team, and a high level of proficiency in CAD drafting. The TD may lead the build of extremely complex projects, including commercially enhanced musicals. The 5th Avenue Theatre (The 5th) produces on a LORT A stage, educational performances, and tours.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

DEIA+ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, Plus)

  • Model and support the mission and values of The 5th by:

    • Demonstrating inclusive behavior and process that ensure a safe and brave work environment for all company members.

    • Maintaining a safe working environment free from any aggressions.

    • Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder The 5th’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

    • Attend all staff DEIA+ training.


Staff Supervision

  • Direct reports include:

    • Assistant Technical Director

    • IATSE Local 15 Department and Production heads

    • IATSE Local 488 Charge Scenic Artists

  • Actively participate in human centric work and team building. Fostering a work environment of artistic excellence; equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.

  • In collaboration with the Production Manager, Assistant Technical Director and Head Carpenter, play an active role in hiring all technical staff.

  • In collaboration with Assistant Technical Director, monitor all payroll records, labor budgets, and work schedules for IATSE stagehands.

  • Attend labor-management meetings and represent management in negotiations with IATSE Local 15.


Administrative and Logistic

  • In collaboration with the Director of Production, create seasonal and individual production budgets, including but not limited to materials, labor estimates for build and run, rentals, etc.

  • Maintain records of expenses on each project.

  • Exercise fiscal responsibility and accountability in purchasing.

  • Generate, update, and distribute technical specifications about the facilities to designers, tour, and other partners as needed.

  • Long range planning for the technical department, including anticipating personnel, scheduling, and equipment needs.



  • Provides top line project management of all physical aspects of a production, ensuring show builds are on time, in budget and human centered, facilitates communication between the creative team and The 5th stakeholders to ensure that everyone is working together towards the same goals.

  • In concert with Production Management, problem solve technical issues which arise during the planning, build, load-in, technical rehearsal, and changeover processes. Provides leadership throughout the process and makes key decisions to maintain success of the project.

  • Analyze, design, engineer, and oversee technical and integration solutions for the movement, function, and structure of scenic elements, automation, and rigging within industry safety standards.

  • Drafting shop working drawings for all 5th Avenue productions in conjunction with the Assistant Technical Director.

  • Along with the IATSE Department Heads, plan and direct the safe and timely installation, and strike or integration of all scenic, electric, sound, and/or video elements.

  • Supervising load-in, technical rehearsals, and performance work schedules for technical staff.

  • Ensure the general safety of all Scene Shop operations and oversee the compliance with all safety regulations.

  • Along with the Director of Facilities, develop and enforce safety guidelines for all equipment and technical staff.

  • Responds and organizes the response to emergency situations onstage and at the shop as necessitated by the events.

  • Attend all design presentations, production meetings, department heads meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances in conjunction with the Production Manager and Assistant Technical Director.

  • Uphold the artistic standards and achieve the artistic vision of The 5th Avenue Theatre.

  • Advance productions and review riders to ensure efficient and effective use of labor, materials, and other resources.

  • When required, travel to other venues and shops for meetings, to advance shows, and facilitate the smooth transfer of complicated shows to/from The 5th.


Additional Responsibilities May Include:

  • Providing technical support for other in-house functions, special events, and education events as necessary.

  • Interfacing with donors.

Essential Knowledge and Qualifications

The 5th Avenue Theatre is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage all applicants who are committed to contributing to an equitable and inclusive work environment to apply for a role with us without feeling like they need to meet every single qualification of the position, specifically people from traditionally excluded/marginalized groups. If you’re excited by this role and the job description aligns with you and the work you are passionate about doing, please apply to the position. You might be the right candidate for this role, or for others that we maybe adding to our team. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Experience

  • Five years or more professional technical theater experience; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.

  • Training and experience serving in a management role in a production department at a theater, live event venue, or a related field.

  • Substantial knowledge of leadership, teamwork, and management principles for a diverse staff.

  • Proven experience leading and working with IATSE crews.



  • Deep understanding of the theater making process.

  • Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget in a safe and efficient manner with artistic excellence.

  • Ability to balance scale and scope of productions with designers and production management while allocating and advocating for appropriate time and resources needed to realize designers’ visions.

  • In-depth, hands-on experience and knowledge of modern stage technology and procedures including rigging, and stage automation systems.

  • Superior skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) on a PC.

  • Budget management experience and aptitude in crafting and overseeing budgets.

  • Advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets and internet collaboration tools.

  • Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.

  • Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages.

  • Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regards to staffing, budgeting and design.

  • Experience creating, maintaining, and reading scaled drawings and drawing packages.

  • Thorough knowledge of theatrical safety conventions and laws, OSHA, and fire codes.

  • General knowledge of all theater crafts – scenic construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, lighting, sound, and props.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English primarily).

  • Strong math skills.

  • Ability to lead, inspire, and supervise employees to get work done efficiently and safely, including appropriate delegation to keep the flow of work moving.

  • Deep knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements.

  • Working knowledge of AFM, USA, SDC, AEA and LORT collective bargaining agreements.

  • Enjoy creating and implementing new processes and working across departments.


Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge

  • Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.

  • The ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, exercise good judgment and discretion; flexibility in projects and schedule; attention to detail.

  • Ability to execute projects efficiently and according to schedule.

  • Ability to work independently and to maintain a positive work atmosphere.


Special Hours Requirements

  • Work schedule varies and includes frequent evening and weekend hours as well as many weeks in which more than 40 hours are required.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to perform administrative work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day.

  • Ability to transfer to the theaters and monitor tech rehearsals (typically sitting in theater seats while using a laptop) for extended periods of time, up to 14 hours a day.

  • Lift/move up to 25-50 pounds with team assistance.

  • Required to stoop, bend and reach with arms.

About 5th Avenue

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America's leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region's largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state.

Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow's audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.5thavenue.org


To nurture, advance and celebrate all aspects of the great original art form: the musical. https://www.5thavenue.org/about/about-the-5th/

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Land Acknowledgement The 5th Avenue Theatre and the communities we serve are on the land and waterways of the Coast Salish people who have continuously inhabited our region since time immemorial. They are the original storytellers and theater-makers of this place we call home. We also acknowledge and honor the Tribal nations across Washington State and the many Indigenous peoples from across the country who also live and work in the Seattle area. As we step into this new period of The 5th's history, we hope to honor their legacies and bring greater attention to their continuing fight for equity and recognition.

At The 5th Avenue Theatre, we are actively working towards goals as an anti-racist organization, you can learn more about our work and statement here:


Covid Policy

The 5th Avenue requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for all employees.