Studio Theatre
Director of Production | Technical Director

A word from David Muse, Artistic Director

Director of Production​

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director

JOB TYPE: Full time, exempt

SALARY RANGE: $75,000+

BENEFITS:  

  • Medical, life, and disability insurance, with optional dental and vision

  • 401k Plan with employer contributions

  • Paid leave including personal days, sick days, vacation days and holidays

  • Generous comp ticket package

Position Summary

A member of senior staff, the Director of Production and Facilities oversees all aspects of production at Studio Theatre. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Artistic Director. 

 

The Director of Production directly supervises the Assistant Production / Company Manager, Technical Director, Lighting & Sound Supervisor, and Costume Shop Manager.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee production department operations in support of Studio’s artistic mission

  • Create and manage production department schedule and budget

  • Manage full-time staff, and provide direction and oversight for the entire production department

  • Identify, hire, and manage/oversee show-specific production personnel

  • Work creatively with directors and designers to meet their production needs, within budget and scheduling constraints

  • Facilitate communication among designers, directors, production personnel, and other theater staff

  • Ensure that work is completed on time and within budget, and that the working environment is safe

  • Review and approve production and facilities expenditures

  • Regularly analyze the size, structure, and organization of the Production Department and adapt it to artistic and organizational needs 

  • Routinely lead key meetings: department meetings, Design Reviews, Production Kickoffs, Design Run meetings, Production Meetings during tech, post-mortems, etc.

  • Act as a liaison with Facilities / Management to facilitate the smooth operation of Studio’s physical plant, including our main facility, 4 condo units, one rowhouse that houses up to 5 visiting artists, and a second rowhouse that houses up to a dozen apprentices.

  • Participate in short- and long-term institutional planning

  • Regularly interact with all theater departments and external vendors and producers

  • Foster a work environment that embodies Studio’s commitment to be a supportive and anti-racist workplace

 

Experience and Qualifications

Studio Theatre is seeking an individual with considerable talent, passion for the theatre, and ability to advance institutional aims. We expect a candidate will have:

 

  • Significant experience in production leadership at a theater or similar arts organization

  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills

  • Ability to manage a large volume of work and attend to numerous projects simultaneously

  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and other technical materials

  • Knowledge of relevant collective bargaining agreements (AEA, SDC, USA, etc)

  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and enthusiasm to work with teams with diverse identities

  • Willingness to work on a dynamic and flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

 

 

Technical Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full time, exempt

SALARY RANGE: $60,000+

BENEFITS:  

  • Medical, life, and disability insurance, with optional dental and vision

  • 401k Plan with employer contributions

  • Paid leave including personal days, sick days, vacation days and holidays

  • Generous comp ticket package

Position Summary

As a member of the Production Department, the Technical Director oversees the operation of the scene shop and execution of all scenery for productions and presentations at Studio Theatre. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Production. 

 

The Technical Director directly supervises the scene shop staff – currently a Master Carpenter and Technical Direction Apprentice – scenic artists, and overhire as necessary. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of the planning, build, load-in, tech and maintenance of scenery and technical needs for all productions and events at Studio Theatre. (Studio’s upcoming season consists of 5 plays, but we have historically produced many more.)

  • Create time and material estimates, technical drawings, schedules, and other plans and documentation related to productions.

  • Work creatively with designers to align their design intent with budget and labor constraints.

  • Help Studio and its designers achieve a high degree of excellence in scenic artistry.

  • Hire and supervise Scenic Painters, carpentry, and overhire crews for productions and other Studio-produced events.

  • Coordinate schedules for build and load-in with related production departments.

  • Oversee purchasing and/or acquisition of production related materials as necessary.

  • Regularly attend and participate in department meetings, production meetings during tech, post-mortems, etc.

  • Maintain departmental budgets for projects as they develop, in conjunction with the Production Management Team.

  • Supervise builds, load-ins, technical rehearsals, and strikes.

  • Maintain scenic inventory and manage storage of it.

  • Maintain inventories and manage storage of equipment at scene shop, paint/prop shop, and all theatres.

  • Maintain and grow a list of overhire carpenters and painters.

  • Assist Director of Production in developing production calendar and budgets, creating safety protocols, and establishing and maintaining departmental standards and procedures.

  • Consult and collaborate on technical aspects related to capital improvement projects.

  • Supervise, mentor, and train the Technical Direction apprentice.

  • Manage and provide professional development for staff and apprentices. 

  • Foster a work environment that embodies Studio’s commitment to be a supportive and anti-racist workplace

 

Experience and Qualifications

Studio Theatre is seeking an individual with considerable talent, passion for the theatre, and ability to advance institutional aims. We expect a candidate will have:

 

  • Appropriate professional theatre experience in technical direction or related fields.

  • Advanced knowledge of scenery construction techniques, including structural design calculations, and of Autocad and/or Vectorworks.

  • Ability to read, create, manipulate, and interpret drawings and other technical materials.

  • Familiarity with rigging techniques and practices with an emphasis on safety.

  • Knowledge of and experience with automation technology and practices.

  • An appreciation for the artistry and craft of scenic execution in theaters where the audience sits extremely close to the scenery.

  • Ability to manage expenditures and budgets.

  • Ability to create schedules and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and enthusiasm to work with teams with diverse identities.

  • Willingness to work on a dynamic and flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

ABOUT STUDIO THEATRE


Studio Theatre is a premier Washington venue for contemporary theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse and Managing Director Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg, Studio produces the work of many of today’s greatest writers, augmented by occasional productions of modern classics. Our work is marked by its emphasis on excellence in acting and design and the signature intimacy of its four theatres, which all seat fewer than 225 patrons. With a budget of over $5 million and 24 full-time staff members, no theatre of comparable budget size operates such exclusively intimate theatres. The quality of this work has been recognized by sustained community support and over 70 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre. 

 

Rooted in the Theatre’s mission to foster a more thoughtful, more empathetic, and more connected community in Washington DC and beyond, Studio takes seriously our commitment to providing access to and engagement with our work—both on stage and off. Our community engagement efforts include access and affordability initiatives, public programming, a growing community partner program, and dedicated education and workforce development programs.

 

Studio is currently in the midst of a major renovation of its main facility. We are transforming a theater into a state-of-the-art ‘raw room’ with no fixed seating, rearranging and renovating our lobbies and restrooms, creating our first dedicated rehearsal room, creating a new indoor/outdoor café space, and making other improvements throughout the building. The project should be complete early in 2022.  This is a rare opportunity to be a part of the opening and running of a transformed venue.

For Studio Theatre's Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps, please visit: 

https://www.studiotheatre.org/about/values/anti-racism-at-studio

Studio Theatre is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Director of Production

Technical Director