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 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 shops. These production facilities are located directly across the street from NYTW’s 199 seat theatre, 65 seat theatre, rehearsal room, and administrative
offices. 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 budget, feasibility and safety; translate designs (elevations/models) into working drawings for construction
• Plans detailed production schedules in coordination with the Production Manager
• Leads over‐hire staff and crews and manages relationships with any outside shops, vendors, and consultants
• Preps and supervises builds: engineers and drafts as needed; schedules and hires labor; plans and orders 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
• You are committed to an equitable and inclusive community
• You build positive, collaborative relationships with crew members, over hire staff, and designers, as well as with institutional co‐workers
• 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, 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
• 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). Salary is $58,500. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title along with your first and last name in the subject line.