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Technical Director

Job Type: Full-Time

Annual Salary: $52,000-55,000

The Groundlings Theatre & School 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 Facility Manager 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.

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.

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, and organizational skills

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried position, salary commensurate with experience.

PLEASE NOTE, this role will be part-time for training for the first 4 weeks, and we're looking to start someone in early June. 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.

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 "Technical Director" in the subject line.


Job Type: Part-Time Swing Shift Position

HOURLY RATE: $22.50-25.00

 Qualified candidate must fit the following criteria:

  • Proficient in lightboard operation (specifically an ETC Express 48/96 lightboard).

  • Knowledge of programming; some programming may be done on the fly.

  • Live event lightboard operation.

  • Troubleshooting LED fixtures and working with DMX.

  • Ability to check and maintain lighting fixtures and replacing lamps and gels when needed. This is a part time position for Friday & Saturday afternoon/nights on an ongoing basis, with potential availability for additional shows on other nights.

Professional atmosphere, fast paced rehearsal process building cue lists and some on the spot editing. Previous experience in theater productions preferred, familiarity with improv and sketch comedy recommended. “Hands on” venue training prior to the start of scheduled shows. Shows with pre-show rehearsals can range from 5-8 hrs per night.  Training dates TBD based on availability; all training hours paid. Non- Union.  

Please reply with a letter of interest and resume to [email protected].

The Groundlings is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and work to create an inclusive environment because we know it makes our school and theater better. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 


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 2023 applications are now closed. Fall 2023 applications will open May 2023.