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Technical Director

Position: Technical Director
Department: Production
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Compensation: $90,000–$95,000 salary + benefits

OVERVIEW

Mission: Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement: In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, visitors, and the public we serve. As such, Geffen is proud to have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees, including contracted third-party staff, and new hires. In accordance with our mission, we firmly believe that vaccinating all employees is essential for our community’s safety and health. Should you have any questions regarding this, please speak with your recruiting contact directly. The Company understands and respects that a limited number of candidates may have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine. As such, we are asking those candidates who wish to request an exemption from being required to be vaccinated, submit a request for their exemption through Human Resources once hired.

Position Summary

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA seeks a Technical Director to join the Production Department. The Geffen produces in two theaters, the mainstage Gil Cates Theater (LORT B) and studio space Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater (LORT D). This position is responsible for planning the approach for all scenic elements featured in the Geffen Playhouse season. This includes the engineering, bidding, and problem-solving for scenery as designed by guest designers for each show. As part of this job, the Technical Director is expected to oversee the rigging and installation plans for all technical elements to ensure they are done safely and efficiently in collaboration with the other production department heads. The technical director leads a staff of assistant technical directors, stage supervisors, lead carpenters, and overhire carpenters and scenic artists. In addition to the Geffen’s regular production season, this position will also provide support as needed for events such as the annual “Backstage at the Geffen” gala. This position reports to the Production Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the build, installation, operation, and load outs for the scenery for all Geffen Playhouse productions.
  • Create a safe work environment for all production department staff, and advise on improvements in discussion with other department heads and the Production Manager.
  • Oversee and coordinate the installation of all technical elements in conjunction with other production department heads.
  • Work with scenery shops to bid out shows and/or production elements, including kick off meetings, regular shop visits, and coordinating onsite supervision as needed.
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships with outside vendors to ensure the best products and pricing are received.
  • Coordinate the hiring and direction of additional scenery personnel, including carpenters, riggers, scenic artists, automation technicians, and running crew.
  • Maintain all Geffen-owned equipment and inventories, including documentation to be shared with visiting designers. This includes (but is not limited to) rigging equipment, owned automation gear, tools, and soft goods.
  • Prepare the rehearsal room based on the requests from Stage Management, in coordination with other departments.
  • Receive, share, and implement scenery-related notes during technical rehearsals and previews with scenery staff.
  • Support other departments when opportunities arise.
  • Liaise with design teams and stage managers, and Production Department staff, throughout the production process.
  • Collaborate with Production Manager on capital improvements and equipment acquisition.
  • Work alongside the Facilities Department as needed to maintain the theaters, workspaces, and storage areas.
  • Reflect a commitment to the Geffen’s Mission and DEI Statement.

Skills & Background

  • Expert knowledge of theatrical scenery, rigging, and automation.
  • Strong knowledge of standard theatrical production practices across all departments.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in professional non-profit or commercial theater companies.
  • Experience creating automated effects for moving scenery. Experience with Creative Conners equipment preferred.
  • Proficient with AutoCAD and Office (or comparable productivity suite).
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Comfort working in scissor and mast lifts at heights up to 30’.
  • Ability to operate a forklift desired.
  • Own a US Driver’s License, with the ability to drive a cargo van and small box truck a plus.
  • Own (or be willing to obtain) a US Passport.
  • Possess strong leadership and organizational skills, coupled with a calming presence.

Benefits

  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: The Geffen covers the costs of HMO for health, and PPO for Dental and Vision. The option to “buy up” to PPO coverage and / or to add spouses, domestic partners, and children to their health policy.
  • Life Insurance: The Geffen provides all regular full-time employees with a $25,000 life insurance policy, at no cost to the employee.
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan: The Geffen offers its regular full-time employees the opportunity to purchase additional benefit programs to off-set medical and dependent-care related expenses.
  • Retirement Plan: The Geffen has established a retirement plan commonly known as a code section 401 (k) profit sharing plan which is currently available after one year of service.

Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at www.geffenplayhouse.org/apply. No phone calls, please.


The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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