The Technical Director has the responsibility for the technical operations of the tent, including lighting, rigging, and sound, set construction, and coordinating necessary tent maintenance. The position begins during construction of the new venue so oversight of installation is involved.
Teatro ZinZanni Chicago presents a full evening of entertainment, combining cirque artists, European cabaret, contortionists, jugglers and illusionists with live music and a gourmet multicourse meal. Set in an antique jewel box tent imported from Belgium, our newest show will open in July 2019.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, rigging, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
- Schedules the necessary technical support necessary for all events and performances presented at the facility and acts as the technical point of contact for all incoming events
- Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, shop equipment and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; directs or performs preventative maintenance on equipment.
- Trains new BSM positions on basics of winch operation
- Manages artist technical needs and requirements.
- Creates plan, trains and directs all staff in life safety issues related to specific equipment and the general facility.
- Researches all ongoing purchases for technical equipment and advises on price and feasibility.
- Oversees and assists throughout tech weeks and load-in/out process
- Turns sketches into technical drawings Budget Management
- Develops annual department budget with PSM
- Monitors department spending on a monthly basis for specific line items with PSM
- Fields and manages special projects as needed.
- Maintains relationships with all outside technical vendors
- Ability to supervise labor
- Provide technical support for any incoming artists through consulting and advancing events as needed.
- Supervises and assists with set and stage construction and management.
- Show and operational notes are taken and managed as needed as well as repairs.
- Supervise the overall level of technical support for the show and give input to make sure the show is working.
Essential minimum skills, education, and experience:
- Must perform in a professional manner at all times, maintaining a positive attitude and providing positive public relations
- Ability to read and create technical drawings
- Accountable. Able to be present and on time for meetings, rehearsal and show calls.
- Able to provide timely completion of duties: meet deadlines. Knows when to issue request for assistance
- Ability to work and communicate well with all types of staff utilizing voicemail, email, computers, and copiers.
- Ability to work well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
- Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Respectful of the rights of others
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- At least five years prior experience as Technical Director
- Strong leadership and creative abilities.
- Knowledge of operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art theatrical equipment and systems
- Knowledge of theatrical rigging essential
- Knowledge of basic theater design, acoustics, and production needs
- Knowledge of modern office procedures, software, methods and computer equipment, design software, Vector works, Google docs
- Interpersonal skills, negotiating and contracting abilities
- Time management and organizational skills
- Skills to communicate and provide superior customer service
- Skills to manage and coordinate the work of labor or staff needs
- Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically to convey information clearly and concisely to the public and to performers
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
- Technical drawing experience in either CAD or Vector works
Works in a theatrical environment. Position may require travel to Seattle. Generally works a fiveday, forty-hour week, shifts may include early mornings and/or late evenings. Additional hours may be required. Must work all hours needed for the safe running of the show.
TZ CHICAGO LLC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER DEDICATED TO A POLICY OF NON-DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT (INCLUDING APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT) ON ANY BASIS INCLUDING RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, CITIZENSHIP, SEX, AGE, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, PREGNANCY, VETERAN OR MILITARY STATUS, OR ANY OTHER BASIS PROHIBITED BY LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW. APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES MAY BE ENTITLED TO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND CERTAIN STATE OR LOCAL LAWS. A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION IS A CHANGE IN THE WAY THINGS ARE NORMALLY DONE WHICH WILL ENSURE AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT IMPOSING UNDUE HARDSHIP ON TZ CHICAGO LLC. PLEASE CONTACT TZ CHICAGO LLC IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE COMPLETING THIS APPLICATION OR TO OTHERWISE PARTICIPATE IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
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