Theatre Technical Director


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Deerfield Academy
7 Boyden Lane
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Deerfield Academy is an independent secondary school committed to high standards of scholarship, citizenship, and personal responsibility.

Through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, extensive co-curricular program, and supportive residential environment, Deerfield encourages each student to develop an inquisitive and creative mind, sound body, and strong moral character.

Set in a historic village bounded by river, hills, and farms, Deerfield inspires reflection, study and play, abiding friendships, and a defining school spirit.
Theatre Technical Director
Full Time
Associate Degree

Reporting to the Director of Athletics & Co-Curricular Program, the Theater Technical Director collaborates with the Theater Director, performing arts faculty, and students, to design, plan and deliver sets, props, sound, lighting and special effects.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, plan, and execute all technical components of productions, including sets, sound, lighting, A/V, props and special effects, in collaboration with the Theater Director and in accordance with professional design standards and a shared creative vision;
  • Construct custom scenery and furniture, including painting, wallpapering, flooring installation, electrical work, plumbing, upholstery, welding, soldering, sewing, and ironing;
  • Manage the Theater Program’s set construction and storage facilities, including the scene shop and backstage area. Ensure that equipment is stored properly and in an organized fashion, in good repair and the areas are safe and utilized according to OSHA regulations and standards; 
  • Maintain accurate set inventory and effectively manage the procurement of all building materials and tools;
  • Provide close supervision of the students in the theater technical crew co-curricular, and instruct them in safe set construction techniques, and sound and lighting design. 
  • Train students to use all props, including theatrical weapons, in a safe, OSHA compliant, and responsible manner. Transport students to off-campus venues. 
  • Supervise the post-performance strike of all sets. Instruct students in appropriate disposal and recycling of materials, and thorough cleaning and laundering, to restore the theater facilities and all props and costumes to their pre-performance state;
  • Ensure the safe use of all stage pyrotechnics, include haze, fog, and other special effects;
  • Ensure that all equipment in the Black Box Theater is maintained and operational. Perform regular maintenance and cleaning, and recommend contract servicing of all equipment and technical spaces;
  • Collaborate with the ITS Production Services team to fulfill sound and lighting needs for other Academy and Visual and Performing Arts events as needed
  • Accompany students to domestic and international theater performances. Serve as trip chaperone and ensure the proper shipment of all required sets and props;

Physical Job Demands

Ability to frequently:

  • climb ladders, stairs, ramps, poles
  • stoop, crouch and kneel
  • work in awkward positions
  • reach, feel and grasp objects
  • sustain substantial movements of the wrists, hands and/or fingers
  • walk from one work site to the next
  • sit or stand for sustained periods of time
  • receive and communicate information with others to safely and effectively perform functions of job
  • Ability to occasionally lift to 50 lbs
  • Close visual acuity to view a computer monitor, light or sound board
  • Moderate physical requirements, which include exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions

The worker is mainly in a theater facility, and is typically not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. The worker spends some time working in the scenery shop and at the Academy’s off-site storage facility, which includes exposure to sharp tools, dust, saw dust, and paint fumes. Worker is occasionally subject to noise.


The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. This job description is not intended to be construed as a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. It is expected that job duties and responsibilities will develop over time commensurate with performance.


The successful candidate will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus ($500 paid at time of hire and $500 paid at the end of 90 days of employment.

Job Specifications

  • Associates Degree and/or all training, certifications, and licenses required to perform the job according to federal, state and local regulations and safety protocols;
  • 3-5 years’ experience in theater technical operations, including responsibility for scenery construction and theatrical lighting is required, experience in an educational institution is preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience with current theatrical systems, and up-to-date theater safety policies, procedures and guidelines; 
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience with OSHA regulations relative to constructions equipment, power tools, etc.
  • Strong carpentry skills;
  • First Aid/CPR Certification required
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including evening and/or weekend hours;
  • Strong initiative and the ability to be self-directed, resourceful and creative;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite and familiarity with AutoCAD software preferred
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional technologies as needed;
  • Skilled with and interest in the promotion of cooperation and teamwork with colleagues;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to serving the needs of a diverse community;
  • Valid Driver’s License
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