Reports to Director of Production
Direct Reports Associate Technical Directors, Shop Supervisor
Work Schedule Varies, dependent on needs of the Production
Status Full Time, Exempt
Center Theatre Group is one of the largest, most influential theatre companies in the country by virtually every measure. Over the past 50 years, we have entertained millions of audience members and produced some of the most important shows of our time, many of which have been World premieres and have gone on to award-winning Broadway runs and beyond. At the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre, we produce and present the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country. Over the past decade, we have commissioned 65 shows and produced 40 World premieres, making us one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works. And our robust education and community programs have long embedded us in the rich culture of Los Angeles. Center Theatre Group strives to make Los Angeles a theatre destination for audiences and artists from around the world—and to make a major impact on the city.The 180+ full- and part-time staff members who make all this possible are passionate about this place and their work. Whether it’s pre-show gatherings and Staff Nights at our theatres, meet-and-greets with cast and crew, or our annual holiday party, our staff is engaged with the art and one another. Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion permeate all levels and all aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.Position SummaryLead a three-person team in the planning and execution of all physical productions at Center Theatre Group’s three theatres – the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre, ensuring the successful interpretation, engineering, realization, and safety of all scenic designs.Primary Responsibilities Assign show and departmental work to the Associate Technical Directors and Shop Supervisor. Ensure everyone in the department has the resources they need to successfully complete their assignments. Schedule and conduct Staff Development Reviews annually. As a supervisor provide ongoing feedback, support and advice to the Technical Direction department staff. Create and refine paperwork and processes used by the Technical Direction department including drafting templates, checklists, budget spreadsheets, etc., to ensure work is being done as efficiently as possible. Budget designs based on designer drawings and adjust/present options to designers as needed. Bid shows to commercial scenery shops, supervise the technical design process and provide quality control. Supervise and draft construction drawings for shows built in house by CTG. Prepare ground plan and section of designs in AutoCAD, including tech design, rigging, and deck drawings. Create and provide drawings required by stage management or other staff and designers. Work with the visiting design teams and the Production Staff to achieve workable and safe productions throughout all stages of the production (from design through technical rehearsal). Prepare and disseminate information to in-house staff, vendors, and visiting staff. Work with the Production Team to find solutions to technical problems and challenges. Estimate and track labor and material costs for productions and advise production management of the potential consequences of any proposed changes. Purchase, rent, borrow and pull equipment and hardware as needed. Track and report department and show expenses to allow informed decisions to be made about purchasing. Supervise IATSE crew in the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre in accordance with the applicable IATSE Local 33 contracts. Supervise and staff load-in and strikes of Kirk Douglas Theatre productions and outside events, including scenic calls. Take active role as carpenter, rigger or otherwise as needed during load in, build and strike calls. Track and update soft good, rigging, tool and equipment inventories. Maintain Tech Specs and Theatre drawings in concert with Production Management. Attend production meetings, pre-tech run-thrus, load-ins, technical rehearsals and performances as needed. Keep the Technical staff informed of important developments. Create and assemble information required for Fire Permits. Schedule and coordinate inspections of theatres and productions by the Fire Marshal in coordination with Production Management. Maintain a safe working environment in the context of the production’s design, including, but not limited to: the design and implementation of overhead rigging systems, automation, structural design of staging; the enforcing of applicable fall protection policies; managing crew hours to prevent exhaustion; ensuring that mandatory breaks and meals are taken, etc. Oversee and ensure crew safety on-stage during load-ins and strikes. Perform Hazard Assessments for shows, as needed. Engage in other managerial and supervisory duties as may be assigned, and demonstrate a willingness to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of job responsibilities.
Secondary Responsibilities Advise Production Management on equipment and facility upgrades and maintenance. Spec, bid, schedule and supervise maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment and support spaces. Participate in warehouse maintenance/organization as needed. Entrusted with petty cash and company credit cards. Responsible for tracking expenditures in a timely fashion. Assisting in accident reporting and workers comp communication. Work with Production Management maintaining designer, crew, shop, and vendor relations.
CTG provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Center Theatre Group’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.Qualifications
Knowledge and Essential Skills
Excellent technical skills, scenic construction techniques, rigging, and budget management. Excellent draftsperson, with strong working knowledge of AutoCAD Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs. Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to work independently or collaboratively with designers, directors and other CTG staff. Experience in managing crews. Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Minimum requirements: Essential functions and abilities
Theatrical background and understanding of the theatrical process. Ability to multi-task and work with deadlines. Must have ability to plan projects and work independently. Ability to remain calm and productive in difficult situations demonstrating good “people skills” and a sense of humor. Ability to work long hours, i.e. a 40 hour week plus weekends and evenings, as necessary during technical rehearsals. Ability to travel extensively, both inside and outside of the country via plane, automobile, etc. Ability to lift 50 lbs and handle extensive standing, walking, and step-climbing. Ability to drive a car and possession of a valid CA Driver’s license.
Education, Experience, and Licensing
Significant experience as a Technical Director or Associate Technical Director on productions of a comparable scope. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required. CPR/ AED/ First Aid training. Training will be provided by the company
All employees are required to pass a background check.CompensationThe position will receive a competitive compensation.Center Theatre Group also offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement plan options; escalating vacation, paid sick, personal days and holidays; and health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, and life and long-term disability insurance. To ApplyIntroduce yourself by telling us your story and why you are the ideal person for this position. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to: CTGjobs@CTGLA.org. Please be sure to include the position title in the subject line of your email. Due to the high volume of submissions received, emails without all of the above information may not be considered.In your cover letter, please indicate how you became aware of this job opportunity, e.g., name of website, current employee, other source.NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews.Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy, veteran/military status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by law. Center Theatre Group will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.