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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

About New York Theatre Workshop:
At New York Theatre Workshop, we work relentlessly to empower visionary theatre-makers and bring their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers like Hammaad Chaudry and Nathan Alan Davis alongside powerhouse playwrights like Amy Herzog and Ayad Akhtar. We engage inimitable auteur-directors like Rachel Chavkin and Sam Gold and give invaluable support to tremendous talents like Lileana Blain-Cruz in the earliest days of their careers. We maintain decades-long relationships with legendary theatre-makers like Will Power, Ivo van Hove, Dael Orlandersmith, and Caryl Churchill, whose work has shaped and continues to influence our very idea of what theatre can be.

Since our founding in 1979, we’ve produced over 150 fully-realized productions including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; and David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus. Enabling our artists to push boundaries generates work like Anaïs Michell’s stirring and unforgettable Hadestown, Geoff Sobelle’s magical and transformative The Object Lesson and Mfoniso Udofia’s epic, sweeping two-part cycle, Sojourners & Her Portmanteau. NYTW productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and numerous Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

But that’s not what we’re proudest of. We take the greatest satisfaction from the community we’ve built, and the perspective-shifting experiences we’ve delivered along the way. We think that theatre can bring people together, change the conversation, and have a profound impact. We feel fortunate to get to support it. If that sounds like something you’re interested in too, we’d love to meet you. 

About the Team:
Our four person production staff oversees the build of five productions annually in our state-of-the-art scene/costume shop facility, located directly across the street from NYTW’s 199 seat theater, 65 seat theater, rehearsal room, and administrative offices. Additionally, the shop produces scenic/costume elements for countless special outside projects and Workshop activities. The Technical Director reports directly to the Production Manager and is paramount in running a fully-functional scene shop.

About the Position:

  • Collaborates with guest designers to have designs developed and approved on schedule; vet the designs for budgets, feasibility and safety; translate designs (elevations/models) into working drawings for construction
  • Plans detailed production schedules in coordination with the Production Manager
  • Oversees Shop Supervisor and over hire staff and manage relationships with any outside shops or consultants
  • Preps and Supervises builds: engineer and draft as needed; schedule and hire labor; plan and order materials and supplies
  • Coordinates with the scenic artists to ensure the set is painted in a timely fashion within budget
  • Coordinates builds and load-ins so that rehearsals can safely move on set as scheduled and technical rehearsals can be fully productive
  • Provides coordination and support to other technical production staff and stage management for lighting, sound, projections, backstage costume and props needs, specialty rigging, etc.
  • Controls costs for labor and materials to stay within approved budget, provide timely reports of all expenditures, hires, and employee hours to the appropriate staff members
  • Sources and manages projects for outside income utilizing the resources within the scene shop facility
  • Attends staff and production meetings; technical and dress rehearsals


About You:

  • You represent the Theatre and build positive relationships with crew members, over hire staff, and designers
  • You have extensive and varied experience in scenic construction and installation, with demonstrable leadership experience
  • You are comfortable supervising a full service scene shop including wood working, rigging of all types, welding and automation, and are highly skilled in AutoCAD/ Vectorworks
  • You have strong planning, organizational, communication, teaching and management skills as well as knowledge of tools and techniques for construction and basic engineering
  • You have an appreciation of and ability to support the creative needs and ambitions of the theatre’s artists while keeping work on schedule, within budget and on plan


Bonus:

  • You have three or more seasons in a job with similar levels of responsibility.

This position is exempt from overtime and is seasonal (August through May/June) with the possibility of extending employment into a subsequent season(s). Benefits include employer paid medical, dental and life insurance and paid time off.

NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (please include where you found out about this position), resume and two references to jobs@nytw.org. Please include the job title along with your first and last name in the subject line.

PRODUCTION MANAGER

About New York Theatre Workshop:
At New York Theatre Workshop, we work relentlessly to empower visionary theatre-makers and bring their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers like Hammaad Chaudry and Nathan Alan Davis alongside powerhouse playwrights like Amy Herzog and Ayad Akhtar. We engage inimitable auteur-directors like Rachel Chavkin and Sam Gold and give invaluable support to tremendous talents like Lileana Blain-Cruz in the earliest days of their careers. We maintain decades-long relationships with legendary theatre-makers like Will Power, Ivo van Hove, Dael Orlandersmith, and Caryl Churchill, whose work has shaped and continues to influence our very idea of what theatre can be.

Since our founding in 1979, we’ve produced over 150 fully-realized productions including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; and David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus. Enabling our artists to push boundaries generates work like Anaïs Michell’s stirring and unforgettable Hadestown, Geoff Sobelle’s magical and transformative The Object Lesson and Mfoniso Udofia’s epic, sweeping two-part cycle, Sojourners & Her Portmanteau. NYTW productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and numerous Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

But that’s not what we’re proudest of. We take the greatest satisfaction from the community we’ve built, and the perspective-shifting experiences we’ve delivered along the way. We think that theatre can bring people together, change the conversation, and have a profound impact. We feel fortunate to get to support it. If that sounds like something you’re interested in too, we’d love to meet you. 

Our four person production staff, led by the Production Manager, oversees all aspects of technical and logistical production at NYTW, including five fully-realized productions each season alongside supporting the Next Door at NYTW programming, artistic development workshops and outside shop build projects in our state-of-the-art scenic and costume shop. These production facilities are located directly across the street from NYTW’s 199 seat theater, 65 seat theater, rehearsal room and administrative offices. The production staff is composed of a full-time assistant production manager, technical director and costume shop supervisor. Additionally, NYTW engages a master carpenter/scenic supervisor, production electrician, production audio, and props supervisor for each production in our season. The Production Manager reports to the Producing Manager.

About the Position:

  • Collaborates with the Producing Manager on planning all aspects of NYTW’s productions including budgeting, scheduling and reporting
  • Leads financial management practices in the production department including preparing weekly payroll reports; budget tracking and reconciliation; financial reporting to the Producing Manager and NYTW’s business office; managing purchase orders, petty cash and credit card reconciliations, etc.
  • Oversees the Assistant Production Manager, providing support and supervision for their work on projects participating in the Next Door at NYTW program in the Fourth Street Theatre as well as other tasks/projects delegated to the APM
  • Serves as a supervisor and mentor for two production department fellows as part of NYTW’s 2050 Administrative Fellowship program
  • Supervises and supports the Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager and seasonal production department heads, working with the team to ensure safe and efficient use of NYTW’s scenic and costume shops and theater spaces
  • Ensures prompt and effective scheduling of crew calls and successful hiring of all hourly and run crew positions
  • Leads all production meetings and attends technical/dress rehearsals and preview performances, promoting successful communication and collaboration amongst artists and production personnel
  • Assesses feasibility of designs for NYTW’s productions, working closely with NYTW’s staff as well as directors, designers and other artists to achieve desired artistic outcomes
  • Provides support to NYTW’s artistic department on developmental activities such as readings, workshops and residencies
  • Collaborates with facilities personnel on facilities needs in the production building and in NYTW’s two theater spaces

About You:

  • You build strong, collaborative relationships with crew members, over hire staff, directors, designers and all other members of a production team as well as with institutional co-workers
  • You have a passion for theater as an art form and a desire to solve problems uniquely and collaboratively
  • You have strong planning, organizational and communication skills as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • You have a desire to translate the creative needs and ambitions of artists and the institution into actionable plans and help lead those plans within the constraints of the schedule and budget

Bonus:

  • You have experience working in any aspect of the theater industry, recognizing that a multi-disciplinary background can shape the best leaders and managers
  • You have the ability to read artistic and technical drawings and/or have knowledge of AutoCAD/Vectorworks
  • You have knowledge of tools and techniques for construction, basic engineering principles, standards of workplace and theatrical safety, and/or special production permitting such as temporary permits of assembly, pyrotechnics and open flame permits

This is a full-time position, exempt from overtime. Benefits include employer paid medical, dental and life insurance and paid time off.

NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (please include where you found out about this position), resume and two references to jobs@nytw.org. Please include the job title along with your first and last name in the subject line.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For certain positions, we keep resumes on file.

If you are a director, you may submit a cover letter, current resume and references to Linda Chapman at LindaC@nytw.org

If you are an actor, you may submit a headshot and resume to Casting@nytw.org.

If you are a playwright, please see our submission guidelines.

If you are looking for Production Positions (union and non-union stage managers and assistant stage managers, production assistants, sound, video, carpentry, electrics and wardrobe), you may submit a cover letter, current resume and references to Chip Rodgers at production@nytw.org.