Technical Director

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Roosevelt University


Under the direction of the Director of Production, the Technical Director serves as a key member of CCPA’s Production Team. The position is expected to function independently in an environment conducive to the development of new work with changing priorities and detail-critical deadlines. The Technical Director is responsible for managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production including preparing bids and bringing shows in on budget. In conjunction with the Director of Production, the Technical Director will take an active role in facilitating communication with the Designers and CCPA leadership. The Technical Director would also be in charge of student crews to assist in building the sets and crewing the shows.

CCPA is dedicated to building an equitable environment that centers excellence and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.



Collaborate with the design team and other production teams to establish methods for executing the design and construction of scenery, and its integration of other technical elements of the productions.
Maintain clear communication with designers and within the production team to ensure successful integration of a show’s technical elements.
Attend all design presentations, meetings, rehearsals and run-throughs as designated by the Director of Production.
Provide supervision for all load-in and work calls during the production process coordinating activity with other staff.


Review and revise budget estimates for each production by tracking all relevant information and ensuring these requests match the allocated budget and labor.
Prepare a shop build, load-in, and strike schedule for five to six O’Malley (mainstage) productions and support minor set needs on ten to eleven Miller (blackbox) productions based on the available staff labor and the calendar.
Monitor and oversee the progress of technical drawings for all scenic elements based on the designer’s renderings.
Prepare, organize, and communicate relevant technical information to shop employees and other departments ensuring the productions are built, installed, and struck in a timely, safe, and resource efficient manner.


Supervise, manage and support the Associate Technical Director, Scene Shop Carpenters, and Scenic Artists to promote a safe, healthy, and productive working environment.
Actively participate in team building, fostering a work environment incorporating the values of CCPA and Roosevelt University.
Coach and develop students by monitoring the quality of students’ work and providing constructive feedback.
Coordinate ongoing maintenance of all scenic elements including automation and effects equipment throughout the season.
Maintain timesheets and track labor.


Project and track expenses for each production.
Ensure all relevant show files are up to date and maintained throughout the season.
Organize and prepare information for daily Scene Shop operations.
Collaborate with Director of Production to ensure materials are purchased in a timely and resource efficient manner.


Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational environment; or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
Commitment to creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment that values diversity and centers excellence.
Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex, multilateral productions.
Experience in preparing budgets, labor estimates, build calendars, and staffing schedules.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written), mastery of word, excel, AutoCad, VectorWorks, and online collaboration tools.
Advanced knowledge in theatrical automation and rigging practices.
Successful candidates will be adept at managing competing priorities, navigating emergent challenges, and proactively identifying and mitigating risk.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $43,600
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