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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

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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.