Asian American Arts Alliance

POSTING DATE: June 2019 

STATUS: Full-Time Exempt 

Ars Nova seeks a strategic problem-solver, fabricator and top-notch implementor to join us as Technical Director. Reporting to the Production Manager, the TD serves as a key member of the theater’s Production Team and will drive the planning and implementation of all scenery and rigging, as well as the care and maintenance of our two performance venues and the auxiliary spaces.  

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, comedy and music artists who are in the early stages of their careers. We were founded as a playground and a launch pad for emerging artists to create new work, with a dual mission to build the next generation of audiences for live entertainment by prioritizing a zeitgeist-forward aesthetic and marrying it with accessible ticket prices. Today, Ars Nova is known for its “pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart” (New York Times). 

The TD joins us in the midst of executing a three-year strategic plan, designed in part to greatly expand our programming through activities across two buildings: our flex-seat development Hub uptown and our 199-seat Off Broadway theater downtown. As we grow, the TD will ensure we are executing the ambitious designs of our artists at a high level and supporting the work of our developmental programming with a “yes and” attitude. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious leader advancing in the field of Technical Direction to make an impact on Ars Nova, the Off Broadway community, and most importantly, on the lives and careers of the next generation of performing-art makers. 

Ars Nova recognizes that historic institutional practices lead to a non-inclusive environment, and we are actively working to address diversity and inclusion in all forms, across all our activities. Unraveling systems of power and privilege requires active engagement across our community of stakeholders and we acknowledge the complexity of the work ahead. We strongly encourage candidates of color, and/or from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups to apply. 


The Technical Director is the CEO of fabrication, and is directly responsible for all our Scenery and Rigging planning, construction and installation, and the maintenance and upkeep of all production spaces. Specifically, you will: 

  • Serve as the TD for our Off-Broadway Productions,  planning the build, coordinating with shops, hiring crews, and overseeing the installation, maintenance, and load out of all scenic elements, including:

-Ensuring the set is installed on schedule and within the budget

-Maintaining a safe working space for the staff and overhire crews

-Working with designers, directors, and production management to manage and  maximize the artistic impact of 
financial resources. 

-Maintaining the show throughout the run, potentially including show calls. 

  • Provide Scenic and Rigging support for developmental programming, building scenic elements, collaborating with artists to find creative solutions to their technical challenges as they build and develop their new projects. 
  • Support the Production Team with Rentals and other programming including fundraising events, communicating with renters and other venues about technical needs, helping plan, build, deliver, set up and load out fundraising or other special events, providing coverage for the Production Team during rentals and serving as the “House Technician”
  • Maintain Building and Production Spaces and Materials, including:

    • Working with other crew heads to ensure the Production spaces (work spaces, storage spaces, and venues) are efficiently managed including keeping tools and materials organized, and maintaining an active inventory of each department’s tools and equipment; 
    • Handling maintenance and repairs throughout both buildings including general carpentry fixes, patching/painting, changing light bulbs, furniture repairs and overall being the hands-on leader for keeping the building functional and beautiful; 
    • Leading large repair and theater services projects to improve and upgrade the building and production spaces; 
    • Cleaning, maintaining, and repairing production equipment as needed when it is within your skillset; 
    • Restoring and maintaining storage areas; 
    • Working with Facilities, Operations, and Production Teams to make sure all rooms are in working order, set up and ready for active use by our staff and artists as needed. 
  • Develop innovative solutions for improvements to the venues, working with the Production Manager to plan and implement upgrades to our Production Spaces and buildings. 


  • A passion for collaboration, for theater-making, for artists of all stripes, and a strong desire for experimentation; 
  • A belief that the physical space in which we welcome artists and audiences directly impacts their experience and cares deeply about making that experience as positive as possible;
  • A willingness to let the best idea rise to the top and an adeptness at navigating authority/responsibility within a highly collaborative framework; 
  • An ability to toggle back and forth between creative problem-solving and getting in the mud to make it happen, without sacrificing attention to detail; 
  • Maturity, drive and enthusiasm; 
  • Flexibility and entrepreneurship; 
  • An affinity for full speed/all-out/go-big-or-go-home environments.


  • 5 years training and/or experience in technical direction or as a master carpenter at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue;
  • a strong facility to focus and prioritize in an ever-changing environment with an ability to meet multiple, competing deadlines; 
  • a robust background in carpentry, rigging, welding, and other forms of stagecraft and fabrication;
  • knowledge of Vectorworks or AutoCAD;
  • experience managing and leading crews. 


Ars Nova offers fair pay: we compensate both fairly and competitively within the not-for-profit entertainment industry, as well as on a transparent level salary system within the organization. The salary floor for the Technical Director position is $58,500. Benefits include health and dental insurance, an open and unlimited vacation policy, opt-in 403B, FSA, and TransitChek plans, and more. Ars Nova also offers a congenial and supportive environment conducive to professional growth and development. Start date: September 1, 2019. 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Jes Levine, Production Manager, without delay. We want you to ditch the form letter and speak from the heart: what excites you about this job. Don’t worry about selling us on your skills: the resume will tell us what you can do, let your cover letter tell us who you are.

Ars Nova is an equal opportunity employer, values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. People of color, and/or from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Email submissions only. (Send only word or PDF files; no web links). Send questions and/or your submission to Jes Levine at Candidates of interest will be contacted; please no calls.

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