Monday, 23 January 2017 12:48

Technical Director

Sponsoring Organization

New York Theatre Workshop



New York, NY


Until Filled




New York Theatre Workshop is in its fourth decade of incubating important works of theatre and supporting a robust community of theatre makers at all stages of their careers. NYTW has produced over 150 new works including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; Will Power’s The Seven; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; seven collaborations with Caryl Churchill; and eight productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 17 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

The Technical Director plans and manages the production of all scenery, oversees scene shop and provides technical coordination with lights and sound; supports the Production Manager in producing work that is always professional in quality in a highly competitive market; takes a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically satisfying, professional, efficient and safe.


·         Work with designers to create scenery for each show

·         Work with the Production Manager to plan detailed production schedules

·         Oversee Fulltime Assistant Technical Director and over hire staff

·         Collaborate 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

·         Prep and Supervise builds: engineer and draft as needed; schedule and hire labor; plan and order materials and supplies

·         The TD also coordinates with the scenic artists to ensure the set is painted in a timely fashion within budget

·         Coordinate builds and load-ins so that rehearsals can safely move on set as scheduled, technical rehearsals can be fully productive

·         Provide coordination and support to other technical production staff and stage management for lighting, sound, projections, backstage costume and props needs, specialty rigging, etc.

·         Maintain scene shop equipment

·         Control 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

·         Attend staff and production meetings; technical and dress rehearsals

·         Represent the Theatre and build positive relationships on its behalf within the profession and with others as appropriate


We are looking for a candidate who has extensive and varied experience in scenic construction and installation, with demonstrable leadership experience. Three or more seasons in a job with similar levels of responsibility is a plus. They will be comfortable supervising a full service scene shop including wood working, rigging of all types, welding and automation, and will be highly skilled in AutoCAD/ Vectorworks. Strong planning, organizational, communication, teaching and management skills are required, as well as knowledge of tools and techniques for construction and basic engineering. Along with experience in planning and managing multiple productions in a fast-paced environment, the candidate will also 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. 


This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.  Start date as soon as possible. NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) we advocate for diversity in all forms. To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, references and salary requirements to


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