TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Job Description (revised November 2020)
The Organization: Manoa Valley Theatre is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt semi-professional theatre organization which been operating continuously since 1969. It produces an annual mainstage season of six productions in an intimate and flexible 150-seat, black box theatre, as well as producing digital content for streaming. Play selections typically are drawn from recent Off‑Broadway and Broadway seasons and include musicals, comedies, and dramas. Between mainstage productions or on dark nights during the run of mainstage plays, MVT presents music and comedy concerts as well. The theatre is in production year-round, with a new play opening every other month, and each play being presented between 15 and 30 performances. The annual play production season begins in September. The theatre is run by a professional staff of five and utilizes community volunteers in all areas of its operations.
Manoa Valley Theatre is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres (charter member), (Hawaii) Alliance for Drama Education, and Hawaii State Theatre Council.
The Technical Director is a member of MVT’s full-time professional staff and is directly responsible to the Executive Director. This position is salaried, and its status is “exempt” as it relates to overtime pay and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave. Coverage is provided for workman’s comp and temporary disability.
General Responsibilities: The Technical Director is responsible for construction of sets for MVT productions and presentations; configuring the theatre’s stage and seating areas; maintaining the technical shop area and equipment; storing unused materials, set pieces and seating components; providing general maintenance of the facility; and providing general support of the overall production department of the company. Duties will be performed utilizing theatre volunteers and, as budgetary allocations permit, casual hire assistants. These responsibilities will be fulfilled on a full-time work schedule.
Specific Responsibilities: Planning phase of production: Read the play Become familiar with the director’s concept(s) for that play Obtain ground plan and construction drawings Job cost the set design for materials and labor, and assist the designer in making necessary adjustments to comply with established production budgets and established production schedule Recruit casual hire and volunteers to fulfill the construction phase of the production
Rehearsal/Construction phase of production: Attend production meetings Reconfigure the stage/audience seating of the theatre in accordance with pre-approved configuration decisions, and paint audience spaces (stairs, floor, platforms) Construct the stage and set for the production and setup offstage and backstage areas to be utilized by cast & crew in the running of the show Assist the guest set designer with set painting as needed Keep the guest director and Associate Producer informed on the progress of the physical production including delays and potential problems Assist in the acquisition and transport of borrowed furniture, set pieces, and equipment needed for the production Tech Week and
Setup any necessary technical equipment needed for technical rehearsals Attend and observe all technical rehearsals unless specifically released by the Associate Producer Obtain directors notes and designer notes applicable to the set and the stage/set/backstage environs Assure readiness of the audience seating/stairs prior to running the house for dress rehearsals or performances Be in attendance at the theatre on Opening Night and attend the post-performance reception as a member of the theatre’s professional staff Monitor daily, the condition of the set and audience areas of the theatre during performances, and maintain communication/notes with the stage manager regarding any issues involving the physical show Post performances: Assist in the return of borrowed furniture, set pieces, and equipment that were acquired for the production Strike the set and revert to stock those materials/items which can be reused for future productions Attend postproduction evaluations as needed Applications:
Executive Director Manoa Valley Theatre 2833 East Manoa Road Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 email: