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Technical Director

THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE & SCHOOL, a leading non-profit improv theatre in Los Angeles, seeks an experienced, proactive Technical Director to join our organization. The Tech Director will bring technical production expertise and strong organizational skills to the day-to-day operations and management of our venues. The TD reports directly to the Managing Director and supervises the tech and music staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Hiring, training, developing, and scheduling the technicians & musicians.

  • Maintaining and servicing sound and lighting units, board, instruments, mics, speakers, amplifiers, EQ’s and other equipment, in conjunction with sound, lighting, and crew staff.

  • Designing, coordinating, and executing any new construction, set pieces, props, or changes within our school, performance, and staff spaces.

  • Supervising and coordinating with a Part-time Assistant Technical Director on regular maintenance work, such as carpet cleaning, plumbing maintenance, pest control, and HVAC maintenance and execution of special projects

  • Overseeing productions' technical development including prompt and effective communications between the directors, cast, and crew. Responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for all personnel.

  • Partnering with the Managing Director on tracking and planning monthly budget.

  • Building/finding props/set pieces for shows.

  • Subbing in for crew positions as needed.

  • Default Mon- Friday hours, with periodic schedule shift changes to offset a weekday for a Saturday or Sunday show production with rehearsal hours from 12pm -730pm. Occasional scheduled special events may require evening availability.

Ideal Candidate Attributes:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and a self-starter mentality.

  • Experience with theatre arts organizations or performance venues

  • Ability to work creatively and independently with superior problem-solving skills.

  • Forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with leadership, directors, cast, and crew

  • Ability to lead the coordination of cross-departmental efforts.

  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as required.

  • Previous stage management experience

  • Experience with budget management

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience in production, experience with prop building a plus

  • Knowledge and experience with sound systems, lighting systems, and band setup

  • Strong leadership, communication, problem-solving and organizational skills

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried position, but will be part-time for training for the first 4 weeks—we're looking to start someone as soon as possible with an official start date of July 1, 2024. Employee benefits include excellent health, vision, and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, flexible paid vacation and sick time, and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, fun environment.

Starting salary: $55,000-60,000K

To Apply: please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Groundlings School is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage folks of the global majority, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive, inclusive work environment for all identities. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please include your name and "Technical Director" in the subject line.

INTERNSHIPS

The Groundlings Theatre and School offers quarterly internships to qualified candidates. Candidates must be full-time college students (junior, senior, or graduate school) earning college credit.  Internships are approximately 24 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. If interested in applying to our program, please send your resume and letter of interest to [email protected]. Customer service and experience working in a theatre a plus!

Summer 2024 Applications are now closed. Fall 2024 applications are now open!