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Associate TD (Formerly Scenic Studios Supervisor)

ZACH Theatre

  • CATEGORY Production
  • LOCATION Austin, TX
  • DATE SEPTEMBER 02, 2021
  • JOB TYPE Full Time
  • COMPENSATION $45,000 - $55,000
  • POSITION LEVEL Mid (3-6 yrs exp)
ZACH Theatre believes that diverse ideas, cultures, and traditions reflect our community and enhance our insights into the work we present on stage. We are committed to diversity and inclusivity in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relations efforts, education programs, strategic recruitment of staff, artisans, technicians, and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors. People of color and members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
POSITION SUMMARY: In charge of the on time and on budget execution of Scenery for Main Stage, Education and Event productions under the leadership of the Production & Technical Director. This position works in conjunction with the Production & Technical Director and Stage Operations Supervisor in order to achieve high pace and safe scenery change overs. Maintains budgets, creates calendars, schedules, hires and supervises technical personnel for all operations at the Nowlin-Renaud Scenic Studios, including Scenery, Paints, and Props shops.
  • Supervises the Nowlin-Renaud Scenic Studios project management of the Scenic, Paint, and Props shops including the building and delivery of all scenery, props, and special effects for all productions under the leadership of the Production & Technical Director. This includes Scenic construction, scenic painting, scenic automation, and properties construction and painting.
  • Implements Nowlin-Renaud Scenic Studios workplace safety program and develops new protocols and processes to maintain safe and best practices in a dynamic workplace, including holding weekly meetings about safety and current productions
  • Supervises all staff of the Nowlin-Renuad Scenic Studios including approval of time sheets, PTO requests, performance feedback and review, and hiring/termination of full-time, part-time, and temporary part-time staff
  • Maintains all production equipment, tools, and stock goods, furniture, and scenery at the Nowlin-Renaud Scenic Studios
  • Coordinates all facility repairs, maintenance, inspections, and compliance of the Scenic Studios in coordination with the ZACH Facilities Director
  • Works effectively with the Production & Technical Director, Stage Operations Supervisor, and other departments to coordinate and achieve safe, efficient, and high paced changeovers
  • Keeps the Production & Technical Director informed of any problems within the Scenery Department via weekly budget updates and general sharing of information
  • Oversees FIFO Materials Inventory system for Scenic Studios
  • Development and maintenance of production and show budgets, as well as the submission of receipts to Finance on deadline
  • Serves as Associate Technical Director in absence of Production & Technical Director
  • Assists the Production & Technical Director in the development of engineering and construction solutions for production design, including automation solutions, structural design, and material specification and procurement
  • Responsible for the development of build schedules and estimates in coordination with the Production & Technical Director
  • Supervises the execution of technical and construction drawings by the Draftsperson/Foreman for all Scenic, Paints, and Properties
  • Attends Load In, Technical and Dress Rehearsals, and Design Meetings at Production & Technical Director’s direction
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Demonstrated skills in situational leadership, recruiting, hiring, and developing staff
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, manage projects and multitask
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization

  • Special Events: Works with Development, Director of Production and the Artistic Director in the scheduling, logistics and technical requirements of company events 
  • Support technical needs of facility rentals 
  • All work is performed with a direct reflection of the Mission, Vision and Values of ZACH Theatre
  • Ability to lift, push, pull or otherwise maneuver up to 70 lbs repeatedly, either alone or with assistance
  • Comfortable working on ladders, mechanical lifts or other high places
  • Comfortable working in confined spaces
  • Comfortable with mechanics and automation
  • Minimum: 3+ years of progressive scene shop leadership, including budget and hiring experience OR 1+ years of scene shop leadership and MFA in Technical Direction or related field
  • Preferred: 5+ years of scene shop leadership, including budget and hiring experience OR 3+ years of scene shop leadership and an MFA in Technical Direction or related field

  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization, vendors, and other key stakeholders
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, lead personnel and projects, and multitask efficiently
  • Demonstrated experience in managing artisan teams with multiple priorities and varied needs
  • Mathematical skills including structural design, geometry, algebra and trigonometry
  • Demonstrated skills that encompass all areas of theatrical carpentry/ craftsmanship
  • Ability to produce construction drawings, from concept to shop floor, using both 2D and 3D AutoCAD drafting techniques
  • Ability to project material and labor costs for scenic units
  • In depth demonstrated knowledge of theatrical rigging systems and stage automation
  • Familiarity with Creative Conners equipment and SpikeMark software
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scenic painting techniques and tools
  • Working knowledge of MS Office including MS Word and Excel, as well as Google Suite
  • Ability to operate panel vans and box trucks up to 24’ in length
  • Ability and desire to be a part of a technical problem solving environment
  • Willingness to safely operate forklift per ZACH protocol after in-house certification
  • A demonstrated knowledge of stage operations.
  • A general knowledge of equity and union rules.
  • A working knowledge of theatre history and the design processes. 
  • Working knowledge of electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems.
Salary: $45,000 - $55,000
As part of our commitment to ensuring an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce we invite you to voluntarily self-identify in the following categories in a cover letter or note that you include in your email:
  • Gender: Woman, Man, Genderqueer/Gender non-binary, prefer to self-describe
  • Pronouns: Please include your pronouns.
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino, White (not Hispanic or Latino) Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino), Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino), Asian (not Hispanic or Latino), Native American or Alaska Native (not Hispanic or Latino), Two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino)
Actor's Equity Association has set up strict guidelines that must be followed to allow Equity Actors members to work in future productions.  ZACH is intending to operate as a fully vaccinated workplace per the guidance issued by Actors Equity.

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