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Technical Director

CATEGORY: Technical

Park Avenue Armory
New York, NY

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Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory is dedicated to supporting unconventional works in the visual and performing arts that need non-traditional spaces for their full realization, enabling artists to create and audiences to experience epic and adventurous presentations that cannot be mounted elsewhere in New York City.


The Technical Director is responsible for a full scope of tasks and duties associated with implementing the technical production of a wide range of interdisciplinary performances and events in the Armory’s historic rooms including Recitals, Artist Studios, Artist Talks, and Symposiums. They also support the Director of Production on future planning for large-scale productions in the Drill Hall. The Armory’s spaces do not have fixed seating, stage, or grid, which requires a flexible, hands-on approach, and strong technical skills.

The Technical Director reports to the Deputy Director of Production and takes direction from the Director of Production. The Technical Director is an integral part of a small and dynamic team with two additional Technical Directors, and works closely with the Programming, Development, and Public Programming departments.

The Technical Director’s primary responsibilities are:

  1. Technical Production Planning

  1. Plan technical details of productions, including working with artists, designers, producers, and technical teams on design and construction details; soliciting bids and meeting with shops to work through technical details; creating and reviewing technical and design drawings for implementation; and participating in production meetings as needed.

  1. With the Deputy Director of Production, prepare all production budgets, including labor estimating, material costs, research items, rental bids.

  1. Participate in advance work on future productions to ensure that creative teams are aware of possible constraints, including technical specs, budgets, logistics, and feasibility.

  1. Manage Head House drawings and documentation including as-builts.

  1. Oversee maintenance and storage of all production-related equipment.

  1. Keep the Deputy Director of Production and Director of Production informed at all times of issues related to technical production planning, and perform other technical production planning responsibilities as needed and directed.

  1. Technical Production Implementation

  1. Oversee production load-in, set-up, technical rehearsal, performance, strike, and restore of all historic room productions, including seating and staging, lighting, rigging, audio and video installations.

  1. In collaboration with the Deputy Director of Production, develop and maintain production schedules and load-in and load-out logistics plans for each event.

  1. Oversee implementation of all production elements during each show’s run.

  1. Supervise labor contractors, production and technical staff during load-in, load-out, throughout each show’s run, and for capital improvements to production infrastructure.

  1. Be available nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled and assigned to perform these responsibilities.

  1. Keep the Deputy Director of Production and Director of Production informed at all times of issues related to technical production implementation, and perform other technical production implementation responsibilities as needed and directed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function to a high professional standard. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Ideal candidates will be self-starters with imagination and a “can-do” attitude.

  • 5-7+ years of management experience in theatrical production of the performing arts or equivalent, preferably production and supervisor experience in an arts producing organization in the New York City area.

  • Demonstrated broad and deep knowledge of theater production and technology primarily in lighting, audio, and video; Paradigm and Crestron systems knowledge a plus.

  • Strong proficiency with Vectorworks for generating all types of drawings from 2D simple plans and sections to 3D renderings and detailed construction drawings; Autocad and/or Sketchup knowledge a plus

  • Strong supervisory skills for overseeing labor

  • Knowledge of safety standards for local, state and federal guidelines.

  • Significant experience with budgeting, labor estimation, material specification, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, proactively manage multiple priorities with tight and changing deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,

  • Flexible schedule and ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as well as to respond to emergency situations on an “on call” basis.

  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre production or similar preferred

Park Avenue Armory prioritizes employee safety and promotes safe work practices, which are the responsibility of all employees. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl; and talk; or hear. The employee is regularly required to climb or balance, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, raise arms over head, perform overhead work, and work effectively at heights up to 70 feet using ladders and operating lifts. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, safety is always a priority. The employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock; vibration; and moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is often loud.


70,000 annually



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