Associate Technical Director


Associate Technical Director

Dallas Theater Center
Dallas, TX 75201


Production Management

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Associate Technical Director



Job Title: Associate Technical Director

Department:  Scenic/Production

Reports To:  Technical Director


One of the leading regional theaters in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater. DTC is one of only two theaters in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, the largest and most prestigious non-profit professional theater association in the country. Under the leadership of Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the Award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and many community collaboration efforts with local organizations. In 2017, DTC launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including recent premieres of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew; Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; Deferred Action by Lee Trull and David Lozano; Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson, and many more.


The mission of DTC is to engage, entertain and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living.  We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.


As a member of The League of Resident Theaters (LORT), DTC operates under the LORT agreement with Actors’ Equity, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists.



Reporting to the technical director, the associate technical director will participate in the day-to-day operations of the Scene Shop. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: drawing in AutoCAD scenic elements or entire projects as required by the technical director. Undertaking project management on productions, as assigned by the technical director, maintaining budget tracking and analysis for all scenic cost centers, maintaining departmental files and records. Assisting the technical director with technical design, engineering, construction of scenery and the procurement of materials



·         Within the financial and scheduling constraints and under the direction of the technical director, effectively communicate and work closely with designers to realize their vision.

·         Assist in tracking time and attendance for both full time and over hire staff in Paychex and Google Docs.

·         Prepare and process all scenic production staff payroll.

·         As directed by the technical director, manage scene shop invoices, check requests, expense reports and mileage reimbursements for the scenic department and ensuring proper coding and weekly reconciliation of expenditure.

·         As required, undertake project management duties on any given production.

·         Coordinate with other departments to ensure proper sequencing of build and load-in of elements.

·         Attend production meetings, first rehearsals, tech rehearsals and performance when required.

·         Monitor and implement industry best practices in construction and installation, particularly in relation to Health & Safety, both at the scene shop and all DTC performance spaces.


This job description is not exhaustive and is subject to review in conjunction with the post holder and according to future changes/developments




        Demonstrable experience of theater production.

        Significant experience of scenery construction, stage rigging and mechanical design.

        A sound grasp of budgeting and managing resource.

        Experience in automation a plus but not required.

        Proficiency in AutoCAD.

        Sound creative judgment and detail oriented.

        Excellent communication and negotiation skills, along with an ability to work on several projects concurrently.

        Sound IT skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.


        Excellent time management skills.

        Ability to be and desire to work as part of a team and to also lead a team and delegate.

        Ability to work under pressure.

        Strong commitment to current best Health and Safety practices.

        Ability and confidence to safely operate forklifts, Genies and Skyjacks.

        Own a valid US driver’s license.




        Minimum BFA in Technical Production preferred.

        Experience of working in professional theater.



Dallas Theater Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized because of such a request.


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November 8, 2017 -





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