Technical Director

Date Posted: Jul 06, 2022
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2022
Start Date: Jul 11, 2022

Salary From: 60K To 70K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Crow's Theatre

For more than 30 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. Resonating with Toronto’s civic, community, and cultural milieu, Crow’s Theatre adapts and evolves with the social, economic, and cultural environment of the city. Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, ideas, exchange, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities.
 
Led by Artistic and General Director, Chris Abraham, and Executive Director, Sherrie Johnson, Crow’s Theatre is located at the corner of Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue in Toronto’s east end. Our home at Streetcar Crowsnest is comprised of four venues for cultural and community programming and events: the Guloien Theatre (200 seats); Studio Theatre (90); the Nada Ristich Studio Gallery (80); and the Lobby Bar. We also have a full-service restaurant on site that features 60 seats indoors and 75 on the outdoor patio. The facility features state-of-the-art technical and specialized theatrical equipment, full streaming and digital event capabilities, and artistic and administrative offices.



Job Description

Crow’s Theatre is seeking candidates for the position of Technical Director. This is a full time, continuing position in the Production Department. The Technical Director (TD) is a member of the Production Department and reports to the Production and Facility Manager. The TD is responsible for the technical elements, schedules, and budgets of Crow’s Theatre’s productions and presentations. The TD supervises House Technicians and, in collaboration with the Production and Facility Manager, is responsible for the daily operation of the Production Department and the productions, presentations, and related activities of Crow’s Theatre.
 
KEY RELATIONSHIPS
  • Reports to the Manager of Production and Facility
  • Other members of the Production Department
  • Other Crow’s Theatre departments
  • Work collaboratively with AD / ED and General Manager / Producers
  • The creative and production teams of productions and presentations
  • External organizations such as renters, suppliers, etc.
 
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Oversees completion of all technical elements of productions to Crow’s Theatre’s and designer’s satisfaction
  • Manages staff in all technical areas and venues
  • Oversees the work of outside contractors, shops, and suppliers
  • Manages budgets for technical areas in consultation with the Production and Facility Manager
  • Manages season’s scenic bid processes in consultation with the Production and Facility Manager
  • Oversees season’s schedule for technical areas
  • Expedites productions within scheduled deadlines
  • Hires production crew in consultation with the Production and Facility Manager
  • Communicates with designers, directors, and stage management as necessary for troubleshooting and production continuity
  • Acts as a liaison with stage management for production notes, and for the smooth transition of set from shops to technical rehearsal
  • Analyses and fulfills technical riders for shows presented by Crow’s Theatre, and consult with Production and Facility Manager
  • Supervise the successful and timely load in and out of productions and presentations at Crow’s Theatre’s venues
  • Creates and maintains technical documentation, CAD drawings, and other records as necessary for each production or presentation
  • Ensures compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations within areas under the supervision of the Production Department
  • Maintains a production quality of the highest standard
  • Organize training opportunities as determined with the Production and Facility Manager for technical staff
  • Works with event coordinator to determine adequate staffing and technical needs for all events
  • Assessing and determining the technical requirements for various events and performances, including technical staffing, equipment, seating and cost estimates
  • Assist with the interpretation of technical riders and supports, in advance of production and/or event dates
  • Consult on scheduling of all use of theatres and rehearsal studios and spaces
  • In consultation with the Production and Facility Manager, develop systems and policies to improve efficiencies and processes, as needed
  • Assist with show and event production settlements in a timely manner
  • Provide manager-on-duty support during festivals, events and shows, as required
 
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Evening and weekend work is required for this position
  • Liaise and work with the Rental and Partner Companies to fulfill their technical needs
  • Create and modify CAD drawings
  • Analyzes scripts for all technical elements
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Production and Facility Manager
  • May require occasional travel to supervise technical install of tours


Requirements:

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum of four years professional experience as a Technical Director
  • Minimum of three years professional experience supervising in a venue
  • Extensive knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for the stage, both materials and techniques, including welding, rigging and painting
  • Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems
  • Thorough knowledge of lighting, sound, including digital audio consoles, and video
  • Knowledge and practical experience using Vectorworks and AutoCAD.
  • Knowledge and practical experience using QLAB
  • Working knowledge of current safety standards and the implementation of same
  • Product, material, pricing, and logistics research skills
  • Experience fulfilling technical and touring riders and/or touring of productions
  • Experience with a variety of types of live performance including theatre, dance, and music
  • Ability to read and produce technical drawings and schematics, including scenic construction designs
  • Knowledge and practical experience using Microsoft Office
  • Strong personnel, scheduling, and budgetary management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines and a positive attitude while working under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy, creativity, a collaborative spirit, and the cultural sensitivity needed to work effectively in a diverse environment of artists, producers, creative, and management teams
  • Experience with Dante and system networks
  • Ability to take technical/production leadership of productions as needed to support Production and Facility Manager
  • Collaborative and flexible working style to adapt to team/production needs


Additional Info:

COMPENSATION
This is a permanent full-time employment position with a salary commensurate with experience. The position includes participation in Crow’s extended health benefits package and pension plan.  Occasional evening and weekend work is required, particularly during the run of shows. Salary Range:  $60,000 – $70,000
 
COVID-19 VACCINATION & MASK MANDATE
As a condition of employment, all Crow’s Theatre employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using a Health Canada approved vaccination dosage before joining the organization. For up-to-date information on our vaccination policy and mask mandate please visit our website.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email your detailed resume and a cover letter, in PDF form, to hiring@crowstheatre.com. Refer to “Technical Director” in subject line.
 
The deadline to apply is OPEN. Interviews shall be conducted as soon as a qualified candidate applies and is selected. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Thank you to all applicants; only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
 Crow’s is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis. We are also committed to building a more equitable, inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage submissions from all qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, race, culture, nationality, family status, sexual orientation, and physical ability. If you require any accommodations during the hiring process, please email us confidentially at sherrie@crowstheatre.com.
 

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