Alliance Theatre

Lighting and Projections Director
Assistant Technical Director

A word from Mike Schleifer, Managing Director, Lawrence Bennett, Director of Production, and Ruth Richardson, Technical Director

Lighting and Projections Director


DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Lighting and Projections Director

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: As soon as hired



  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance 

  • Vision Insurance

  • Paid Time Off 

  • Parking discount or MARTA stipend

  • AD&D

  • Long and Short Term Disability

  • 403b

  • Comp tickets

  • Discounts to High Museum, and more

Relocation Assistance

$2,000 - $4,000

Position Summary

Alliance Theatre (LORT B) is accepting applicants for the position of Director of Lighting and Projections.

The director of lighting and projections is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all lighting designs in the Alliance Theatre season, as well as for all special or rental events. To that end, the director of lighting and projection’s primary functions are to represent the resources and requirements of the Alliance Theatre to various lighting designers, and to then use those resources responsibly in the execution of all applicable lighting designs.


Essential Duties

Provide and promote the flow of information between the contracted lighting designers and the Alliance Theatre’s various departments and the personnel within them.

  • Provide the lighting designer with information regarding the physical, financial, and human resources available for a given project.

  • Provide the labor in the lighting department with all information necessary to implement the lighting design for a given project.

  • Maintain the accuracy of all inventories, schematic drawings and show-related files.

  • Keep production management appraised as to the progress and viability of the proposed designs as the work on same progresses.

Manage the labor in the lighting department.

  • Clarify duties, expectations, and responsibilities of the workers within the department as needed.

  • Assess the need, if any, for additional (overhire) labor and schedule same when appropriate.

  • Assign individuals to specific tasks/events as those events appear on the schedule and are known to require lighting department support.

  • Hire, train, coach and motivate employees within the lighting department as needed.


Oversee all departmental purchasing.

  • Authorize purchases involving lighting department accounts so as to stay within the confines of preset budget limitations.

  • Generate purchases orders for all purchases and maintain records of same.

  • Research and evaluate new technologies and equipment for both long-term inventory needs and show-specific use.

  • Alert production management if purchasing requests require additional funding and secure authorization for same.


Schedule of all work calls both within the lighting department and in concert with other production departments.

  • Coordinate with other department heads the scheduling of lighting department activities that require exclusive or primary use of performance venues.

  • Provide input to production management regarding pertinent show specific scheduling needs of the lighting department. E.g.: plot due dates, focus dates, cueing needs.


Secondary Duties:

  • Assisting guest projection designers with schedule, inventory, and theater facilities information.

  • Advocating for projection designers.

  • Advise and collaborate with the director of production in creating projection budgets and adhering to them.

  • Coordinate, organize, and supervise hang, focus, and strike. Oversee programmer(s) during the tech and preview process.

  • Hire or work with projections programmers to assist designers in execution of design.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • An ability to build an atmosphere of fairness, trust and respect for all members of the department and foster the same in their interactions with other departments.

  • Experience, ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

  • Five years of professional experience leading a lighting department in a multi-venue complex or a combination of equivalent experience and training.

  • Knowledge of artistic concepts of theatrical lighting design.

  • Knowledge of Electrical concepts of “temporary” (theatrical) lighting installations.

  • Knowledge of proper installation, operation and maintenance techniques of DMX512 network and TCP/IP protocols.

  • Knowledge of proper installation, operation and maintenance techniques of a wide variety of computer-controlled lighting consoles and fixtures.

  • Knowledge of proper installation, operation and maintenance techniques of theatrical dimming systems.

  • Knowledge of characteristics of a wide variety of theatrical lighting fixtures.

  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles.

  • Data entry and manipulation skills to build and maintain databases of show specific information and departmental inventories.

  • Excellent electrical trouble-shooting skills to solve problems in the manufacture and maintenance electrical devices.

  • Excellent electrical fabrication skills to provide direction in the building of prop-electric and costume-electric pieces.

  • Basic computer/electronic component repair skills to respond quickly when problems occur.

  • Proficient CAD skills to build and maintain all pertinent schematic drawings.

  • Ability to oversee and foster the progress of several projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to successfully negotiate and collaborate with other departments while maintaining professional, friendly relationships with those departments.

  • Ability to provide triage; quickly ascertain the working priorities of the department and effectively communicate same.

  • Comfortable providing leadership within the department, while also providing perspective of the needs of the institution vs. the needs of the department.

Physical Demands

Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Ability to access all technical spaces in the theater. 

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position. Necessary accommodations can be made.  

  • Ability to work from heights (grids, ladders, focus tracks, etc.) (as physical ability allows)

  • Long periods of standing, walking, and climbing ladders (as physical ability allows). 

  • Able to work a traditional theatre schedule sometime inclusive of nights and weekends.

  • Ability to work in an environment which requires the use of a personal computer 60% of the time; ability to perform repetitive motion of the fingers, hands and wrists. 

  • Ability to team-lift up to 50 pounds.

Assistant Technical Director


DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Assistant Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Technical Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Non-Exempt

START DATE: As soon as hired



  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance 

  • Vision Insurance

  • Paid Time Off 

  • Parking discount or MARTA stipend

  • AD&D

  • Long and Short Term Disability

  • 403b

  • Comp tickets

  • Discounts to High Museum, and more

Relocation Assistance

$1,000 - $3,000

Position Summary

The Alliance seek two (2) Assistant Technical Directors (ATD), under the overall management of the Technical Director (TD), leads the Alliance Theatre Scene Shop in fulfilling scenic designs for all productions. Scenery is produced to meet the director and designer’s vision for a show within the allotted time, budget, and scope. The ATD handles show logistics, manages shop staff, interfaces with designers, and helps maintain the Alliance Theatre’s high values of artistic excellence. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated background in theatrical construction, experience leading a high-functioning team, a high level of proficiency in CAD drafting and the ability to communicate effectively with designers, production staff and shop crew. The ATD is expected to take on a leadership role in the production of scenery in the shop and the installation of scenery in the theatrical space. The Alliance Theatre produces in both LORT B and D stages, and Theatre for Young Audiences productions.


Essential Duties

Staff Supervision

  • Deliver construction drawings to the shop floor and troubleshoot projects.

  • Supervise and direct crew in the absence of the TD.

  • Actively participate in team building and fostering a work environment of artistic excellence and inclusion.


Budget Responsibilities

  • Create production budget estimates, schedules, and reports as assigned by the TD.

  • Source, purchase and maintain record of materials and services.

  • Exercise fiscal responsibility and accountability in purchasing.



  • Work independently to design technical solutions for the construction, movement, and function of scenic elements.

  • Draft construction drawings and layouts for the shop floor.

  • Take a leadership role in the load in and strike of all productions, managing multiple teams as they execute tasks.

  • Take an active role in the general safety of all AT Scene Shop operations and overseeing compliance with safety regulations.

  • Attend design presentations, production meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances as assigned.

  • In conjunction with the AT Scene Shop Supervisor: maintain tools and equipment, manufacturing spaces, and office.

  • Assist in loading and unloading scenery and trucking scenery to and from theatrical spaces.​


Skills and Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Needed accommodations can/will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge

  • Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget with an eye to artistic excellence.

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide variety of designers, artists, technicians, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, including people with demanding artistic talents and personalities.

  • Ability to manage multiple teams efficiently and capably delegate tasks based on a team member’s skills and abilities.

  • Must have complete proficiency and demonstrable experience using CAD (AutoCAD/Vectorworks) to create scenery construction drawings.

  • Knowledge of advanced modern theatrical scenic construction methods including rigging, hydraulics, pneumatics, theatrical automation, engineering, and structures to use in technical designs.

  • Knowledge of a wide variety of construction materials and developed skills in carpentry, welding, rigging, and sewing to draw upon for technical designs.

  • Experience in budgeting and scheduling.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and maintain complex spreadsheets.


  • Three or more years of experience in theatrical construction and management; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.

  • Significant experience in theatrical building techniques, general construction, and metal work.

  • Experience in rigging, working at height, truss and chain motors.

  • Any experience in general mechanics, electrical wiring, hydraulics/pneumatics, and theatrical  automation a plus.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • Ability to drive a car with a valid driver’s license. 

  • 70% office work at a computer. 

  • 30% standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and heavy team lifting (at least 75 pounds). 

  • Work at heights on ladders and personnel lifts is common. 

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

About Alliance Theatre

The Tony Award® winning Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. Over 116 productions have premiered at the Alliance Theatre, including nine that went on to Broadway and one to Netflix. The theater also just celebrated the completion of a $34 million, state-of-the-art renovation to its main performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage. Off the stage, the Alliance Theatre is dedicated to education and community engagement. Through performances, classes, camps, in-school initiatives, online programs, and more, the Alliance Theatre reaches over 90,000 students and community members annually. The Alliance Theatre’s mission is to expand hearts and minds on stage and off through the power of storytelling. The mantra “Your Story. Your Stage.” represents the theater’s commitment to telling diverse stories on a stage dedicated to the Atlanta community.


Atlanta's national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. The Alliance Theatre will lead the national field by deeply engaging with its local community, modeling radical inclusion and catalytic experiences on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout Atlanta. 

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Mandatory anti-bias training for all staff, Board of Directors, cast and crew members of all productions moving forward Developing an anti-bias training program for the entire Woodruff Arts Center including the security and parking garage staff Having the Director of Diversity, Equity, & Engagement serve as the point of contact for all BIPOC cast & crew members to report to when they need a source outside of the rehearsal room for specific matters An EDI Task Force representative to serve on the hiring team to review all job notices, incoming resumes and be a part of all phone and Zoom/in person interviews to create more equitable hiring procedures and increase the diversity of our theater's staff Instituting a Stage Manager fellowship program for Graduate student, BIPOC stage managers to work with us for a yearlong residency to increase minority access into the field and provide the necessary professional opportunities Instituting a Production Assistant fellowship program for BIPOC undergrad students or recent high school graduates with backgrounds in theater to jump start their careers in the local community and provide them essential exposure and contacts Working with the Woodruff Arts Center to open our rehearsal rooms and Blackbox spaces for free usage to BIPOC organizations for meeting spaces, rehearsals, presentations and productions Cultivation of Land Acknowledgements Increasing camp accessibility by providing scholarships to those in need of financial assistance Creating an equitable internship that includes compensation Creating and evaluating all scripts and curriculum through an anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive lens Recruitment, retention, and support of Black, Indigenous, Teaching Artists of Color. 

Covid Safety Policy

The Woodruff Arts Center and the Alliance Theatre have a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy in place. Proof of full vaccination (or confirmed medical or religious waiver) must be provided to the Woodruff Arts Center Human Resources Department. Everyone who will be reporting to work at the Alliance must email proof of vaccination or exemption documents to HR. It is strongly suggested that all company members who can receive a COVID booster do so. We are happy to provide any resources or help remove any obstacles to your ability to get boosted if you aren’t already.


Personal Protective Equipment

In accordance with recent CDC guidance and Mayor Bottoms’ mandate, the Woodruff Arts Center requires masks be always worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be provided by the Theatre. Please ensure you wear a fresh mask daily. Hand sanitizer, handwashing areas (restrooms), disinfectant wipes are available.



The Woodruff Arts Center has installed an HVAC ionization system that is a state-of-the-art air purification system. Our new system is proven to reduce COVID-19, providing a 99.4% reduction of COVID-19 within 30 minutes. HVAC ionization helps kill other types of viruses such as the flu, and air pollutants, while being more effective than other air cleaning methods, including UV filtration, which can create ozone. Air filters are changed frequently, and outdoor fresh air is exchanged throughout the building at 20% minimum/100% maximum rate, depending on weather and temperature.