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City of Torrance
Class Code: 9013

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will

Representation Unit:Certain Full-Time Salaried and Hourly Employees


Theater Technical Director (Cultural Arts Center)

Position Summary

Under direction, plans, organizes, assigns, and monitors the activities of staff involved in the technical operations of the Cultural Arts Center Theater; and performs related work as required.

Reporting Relationships

Receives direction from the Cultural Arts Center Manager; exercises direct supervision over Stage Managers, Theater Technicians, Recreation Specialists and Senior Recreation Leaders.

Job Duties

  • Supervises the work of employees responsible for the technical operations of the Theater including hiring, assigning, training, evaluating and taking corrective action including discipline, as needed.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of events and performances with the booking staff; maintains facility production schedule.
  • Meets with customers to determine technical and artistic requirements for events or performances.
  • Prepares cost estimates for customers based on the technical and artistic requirements for events or performances taking into consideration staffing and labor required.
  • Participate in stage management of productions when necessary, including setting cues and making artistic and technical decisions.
  • Schedules and assigns Stage Managers and Theater Technicians for events or performances.
  • Reviews and monitors the work of staff to ensure appropriate support for customers during performances or events.
  • Develops, implements and reviews policies and procedures to ensure the effective use of resources and staff in the technical operations of the Theater.
  • Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement of equipment within budgeted limitations.
  • Conducts and administers safety and training programs including periodic safety inspections of equipment.
  • Responds to complaints or questions regarding technical operations and takes appropriate action to resolve problems.
  • Qualifications

    Knowledge of

  • All forms of performing arts;
  • Stage operations including lighting and sound design, audio-visual design and stage rigging.
  • Methods, materials, equipment, practices and procedures involved in theater technical operations;
  • Principles and practices of supervision;
  • Scheduling procedures for multiple events and performances;
  • Hazards and safety principles involved in theater technical operations;
  • Stage management procedures and production crew operations
  • Personal computers and computer software programs used by the City.
  • Ability to

  • Supervise subordinate staff including hiring, assigning, training, counseling , disciplining and evaluating;
  • Apply and interpret policies and procedures related to technical operations of the Theater;
  • Analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances
  • Utilize computer software used in scheduling of events and performance held at the Cultural Arts Center;
  • Recommend operating policies and procedures for efficient technical operations;
  • Plan, organize and coordinate technical equipment repair and maintenance projects for the Theater;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the public and other City employees;
  • Exercise tact and deal effectively with representatives from other City departments, related Commission, the Foundation and the public;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience/Education/Training

    Any combination of training, education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Three years of progressively responsible experience in the technical operations of a performing arts facility; supplemented by technical courses in theater operations of a performing arts facility, such as courses in sound, lighting, props, and backstage operations.