Pittsburgh Public Theater
Technical Director 

A word from Marya Sea Kaminski, Artistic Director, and Lou Castelli, Managing Director

Technical Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Director of Production & Operations

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: Spring/Summer 2022

SALARY RANGE: Starting $80k, depending on qualifications

BENEFITS:  

  • PPT Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage (portion of premium covered by employee contribution).

  • Paid Time Off: vacation, holidays, sick and personal days.

  • Eligible for 403(b) enrollment.

  • Relocation Assistance to be negotiated


Position Summary

The Technical Director serves in a leadership position in the Theater’s production department, and, in collaboration with the Director of Production & Operations, leads, guides, and facilitates communication between designers, directors, stage managers, and production department staff to advance shows; plan, build, and implement scenic designs; and provide the stage equipment necessary to tech and run shows. The Technical Director analyzes production designs, generates construction drawings, creates build schedules, and selects materials so that scenery is completed on time and within budget parameters. The Technical Director serves as the point-of-contact for the scenery department and works closely with the Director of Production & Operations and creative teams to scale each production so that it aligns with the Theater’s calendar and resources.

Essential Duties

  • ​To represent the Theater at all times as a brand ambassador to guest artists, vendors, and patrons.

  • To demonstrate inclusive behavior and cultivate same in all technical production employees.

  • To review, interpret, and troubleshoot design drawings, and to produce time and material estimates, technical drawings, and other documentation needed to advise the Artistic Director and the Director of Production & Operations on design feasibility, cost, build and/or load-in challenges, equipment capabilities as well as show run staffing needs.

  • To interface effectively with the Scenic Designer in order to draft technical drawings that translate design ideas into workable plans for carpenters and painters.

  • To supervise the Shop Foreman, Carpenters, Charge Scenic Artist including, but not limited to, work assignments, scheduling (including overhire employees), training and evaluations.

  • To interface with the Show Director, Stage Manager and Stage Carpenter to ensure actor safety by overseeing the engineering and safety of all scenery and effects.

  • To work in consultation with the Director of Production & Operations and Stage Carpenter to determine staffing needs and to oversee the completion of projects and ensure that all technical needs are addressed.

  • To attend technical rehearsals and previews, and to prioritize notes and work calls to ensure that all finish work happens in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.

  • In concert with the Shop Foreman and Charge Scenic Artist, to maintain stock inventories in the scene shop.

  • To oversee the maintenance of equipment used for scenery construction and installation, and ensure that all equipment safety inspections are up-to-date. Additionally, to ensure that work sites are maintained in a safe and orderly condition.

  • To manage expenditures and oversee project budgets for the Scenery Department as well as scene shop petty cash and credit card accounts.

  • To oversee the installation of rigging, automation, and scenery.

  • To recommend and use new technologies to improve production work whenever possible.

  • To secure GHS Safety Data Sheets on materials when purchased, and to submit the same to the Director of Production & Operations in a timely manner. Additionally, to ensure that GHS information in the scene shop is complete and up-to-date.

  • To perform all assignments in a safe and cautious manner, insuring the same of co-workers as well as patrons.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Broad background in most areas of technical theatre including at least 5 years of managing production shop staff at a large professional theater or equivalent.

  • Clear understanding of the artistic process with the ability to navigate it in a collaborative and diplomatic style.

  • Able to manage in a fast-paced environment in which priorities can change rapidly, while maintaining a spirit of creative thinking and problem solving.

  • Adherence to budget and budget principals while executing a high-quality artistic product.

  • Extensive knowledge of scenic construction techniques, rigging, stage engineering, carpentry, and welding.

  • A strong understanding of all other areas of production, including lighting and sound.

  • Thorough knowledge of scenic automation theory, system design, installation and troubleshooting. Pittsburgh Public Theater uses Creative Conners products such as Spikemark as well as WATCHOUT software.

  • Experience with winches, hydraulics, and pneumatics involving complex integration across multiple axes.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

  • High level of competency in AutoCAD; other drafting and theatrical software a bonus.

  • Proficiency using cloud-based information sharing systems.

  • Ability to work long hours and manage an irregular schedule, including nights and weekends.

  • Knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements, and the ability to work in collegial partnership with union and non-union employees.

  • Commitment to the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the ability manage with these values centered.

About Pittsburgh Public Theater

We believe that great theater is critical to a healthy, vibrant city. Stories are a powerful tool to connect us to one another, and theater provides a place for us to share in a collective story - where we can breathe, laugh, and imagine together.

As we move forward, we are committed to honoring our legacy of producing works manifold in form, content, and perspective. This variety allows the Public to serve a unique purpose in Pittsburgh’s arts ecosystem. In any given season, an audience member can experience a Shakespearean epic, an exuberant musical, or a gritty new work on our stage. Thus, Pittsburgh Public can provide several entry points for new audiences to connect to a theater experience and to one another. We live in a world where there are many reasons for us to feel divided. By honoring a wide array of theatrical experiences and perspectives, the Public aims to acknowledge and transcend the definitions that polarize us and to provide a place where the entire region feels welcome to gather, swap stories, and spend time. We aim to become a vibrant bustling artistic center by throwing our doors open both locally and nationally, inspiring great artists to meet alongside our neighbors to laugh, contemplate, and create together. We are devoted to welcoming more of Pittsburgh into Pittsburgh Public. Artistic excellence, integrity, and sincere welcome are our trademarks at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. These values serve as the bedrock for our commitment to equitable representation and just practices in all areas of our work. We produce plays at the highest level of theatrical production, aiming for excellence and equity in both our productions and our processes.

Under the leadership of Marya Sea Kaminski, Artistic Director and Lou Castelli, Managing Director, The Public typically produces a six-play season and provides educational and engagement programming to the community, serving roughly 65,000-70,000 people annually.ah



Mission and Vision

Our mission at Pittsburgh Public Theater calls us to provide artistically diverse theatrical experiences of the highest quality, created in a fiscally responsible manner that shares our resources with our wider community. Since our founding in 1974, our staff, artists, and Board of Trustees have established a strong legacy of excellence and integrity and in the coming seasons, we hope to build on that legacy by creating extraordinary theater events that deepen our connection and strengthen our relevance to our region.

One of the most powerful ways we contribute to our wider community is through our Education initiatives. For over twenty-five years, Pittsburgh Public has served the young people of our region and their families through our acclaimed Education programs, Creative Dramatics and our Shakespeare Monologue Competition. There is no greater investment we can make in our future than inviting young people to use their imaginations and their voices to begin to realize their own artistic power.

Indeed, we believe that a theater experience should always be more than a transaction with an audience, but should be an opportunity to forge a personal connection that seeds a vital relationship over time. Our vision moving forward is to cultivate these connections by engaging the incredible communities that populate Pittsburgh, not only as audiences but as partners. We hope to provide artistic experiences that resonate with the people of our city, that create a platform for compelling conversations, civic connection, and authentic celebrations of the many wonderful organizations and neighborhoods that create the social fabric of this region. Artistically, we aim for Pittsburgh Public Theater to serve as a center for robust intersections; a place where we ignite the power of stories to create strong bonds between neighbors and transform strangers into friends.

Through our collective commitment and the extraordinary talents of our staff, artists, and Board of Trustees, we will serve audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences, cultivate authentic and long-term partnerships with communities across Pittsburgh, and invest in both national and local artists who delight and connect us during this unique moment in history. By telling great stories with good people in extraordinary ways, we aim to fulfill our namesake and to truly become Pittsburgh’s Public Theater.

 

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

In response to the powerful call to action and generous insights offered by the Black, Indigenous, and artists of color from our regional and national communities, especially the artists who have organized to create We See You White American Theatre and Black Theatre United, Pittsburgh Public Theater took a hard look at our own internal practices to identify and initiate steps to achieve greater racial equity and just representation throughout our organization.

This internal analysis was carried out through the creation of staff work groups who identified twelve concrete racial justice commitments. Action plans for each of these commitments were developed and executed in 2020-2021 as part of Phase One of our EDIA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility) efforts.

At the same time, we launched a Racial Justice Task Force composed of Board members, artists of color, and community leaders to steer us in our year-long process to create meaningful improvements across our operations. This task force evolved into the Racial Justice Committee of our Board with representation at the Executive level, and the newly-formed Committee developed additional commitments for the second phase of our work over the next few years.

Phase Two of our work began in December 2021. The staff has been reorganized into four work groups, representing the following areas: Collaborations and Civic Partnerships, Training and Research, Vendors and Hiring Practices, and Accountability. These groups will continue to carry out the work begun in Phase One (centered primarily on racial justice) and will also oversee the progress of our Phase Two commitments (which we hope to grow to better incorporate inclusion and accessibility).



Covid Safety Policy

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s COVID-19 safety protocols were put in place to support employee and guest wellness during pandemic. All staff must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC) to the extent permitted by law. The Theater’s protocols are subject to federal, state, and local authority and are updated monthly to align with the most current CDC recommendations for best practices.