Technical Director

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Technical Director


We’re looking for our next Technical Director, and we’re hoping that person is you!

About us

The Grand Theatre is a leading arts organization in London, Ontario. We’re nationally recognized for our outstanding productions, production values, world-class facilities, and talented staff. In a typical year we produce somewhere between six and ten shows a year, and present between two and four, divided between our two stages.

The Spriet Stage is our 839-seat proscenium theatre, and is one of the most beautiful venues in the country. The theatre underwent a major renovation in 1977/78, with most of the building being demolished and reconstructed, but the stage and proscenium arch were spared. Built in 1901, the arch features the original mural, and restored plaster work. During our 2020/21 renovations, we completely replaced the fly system, automated the main curtain, and installed new sound, lighting, video, networking, and automation gear. Our IATSE house crew of five takes excellent care of the theatre, and brings great passion and commitment to their work. The house crew consists of Head Stage Carpenter, Head LX, Head of Sound, Head of Flys, and Wardrobe Mistress.

Our newly renovated studio theatre, the Auburn Developments Stage, seats 150 when the modular risers are configured in raked proscenium seating, and between 100 and 120 when configured in the round, or cabaret style. This non-union space has been transformed into lab space, with the aim to support more new play development work. When it’s not in use by us, it’s a busy rental space, playing host to a number of community theatre groups, musical acts, and corporate clients. We have a head technician who keeps things in order and operates the shows.

Our Props department is well equipped to create, adapt, beg, borrow, and buy everything needed to put on a show. The prop shop operates under the jurisdiction of IATSE 828, who have been incredibly supportive of our ongoing props apprenticeship program. We have a significant props stock, mostly housed in storage at our scene shop.

Our Wardrobe department is enjoying their significantly expanded workspace after the renovation, with nearly double the floor area and a dedicated dye room. This non-union team has a permanent seasonal core of 3, often has a wardrobe apprentice for the season, and seasonal returning staff hired based on show needs. We have a significant wardrobe stock, housed onsite and in nearby storage.

The Grand also owns a scene shop in the east end of London, where we create the scenic elements for our shows. We work primarily in wood, but have a dedicated welding bay where we can work both steel and aluminum. We have a team of three scenic carpenters who are engaged on a permanent seasonal basis, and are represented by IATSE Local 105. We employ two scenic artists on a permanent seasonal basis, who are members of IATSE Local 828. These two groups work together as a team to create some of the most incredible scenery for our stages, and bring passion and years of experience to their work. A typical show will be transported from the shop to the stage by 53’ trailer, so elements are designed and built to break down for transport.

About you

You are a passionate person who loves to work as part of a team. You have excellent multi-tasking skills, and thrive when juggling multiple projects on strict timelines. You’re both able to delegate effectively, and pitch in and get your hands dirty yourself when needed. You enjoy working on the fine details, but always keep the big picture in focus.

You have experience managing teams of people, preferably as a technical director, on projects of varying scales. A broad knowledge base is a huge asset, as you’ll be managing teams working in all departments, with a focus on the ‘hard tech’ areas. Carpentry experience and a strong understanding of scenic art is essential, as you will be working closely and extensively with scenic carpenters, scenic artists, and set designers to realize designs.

A big part of the job is drafting, so you’re very comfortable with reading, reviewing, revising, and creating drawings. You’ll have strong CAD skills and ideally are comfortable with Vectorworks, or are willing to make the switch. Our stage gets crowded quickly on the big shows, so you’ve got a strong spatial sense, and are easily able to create and maintain ground plans and sections that clearly communicate information to all the design and production teams about how the production fits in the space.

You know how to hang and focus a light, troubleshoot DMX, and have at least a basic understanding of lighting networking. You’re confident in discussing the details of lighting plots with designers and technicians, and in keeping an eye out for the best interests of the show when evaluating set and lighting designs.

Ideally, you’ll have worked in a fly house, either as a technician or manager, but this experience is not essential. We have a great team that is well versed in counterweight rigging and are happy to bring you up to speed if you aren’t already there. Our fly system was completely replaced in 2021, and is now probably the best in the country.

We have one of the best sound systems in the country, having recently invested significant resources in upgrading our equipment across the board (including the boards). While our Head of Sound manages the day to day, you bring a big picture understanding of how systems are designed, and are comfortable with creating and maintaining documentation that is shared with visiting designers and rental clients. A good understanding of signal flow and troubleshooting digital audio systems will serve you well here.

Video is still the new kid on the block, but we’ve managed to dig into it in a fairly significant way. We just wrapped up production on Grow, which was a four-projector show, using two computers, and nine surfaces. We typically use Isadora and QLAB in house, and while you rarely get your hands on those programs, it would be good to have a decent understanding of at least one of them so you can support the video team.

You are a voracious learner, who is curious about everything, passionate about theatre, and want to work with a team that makes great art.

We work hard to provide a good work-life balance to the technical management team, and are excited to hear your ideas for how to make things even better. Evening, weekend, and occasional holiday work will be required. The team is Director of Production, TD, ATD, Apprentice TD, and Production Driver.

We like to consider ourselves a teaching theatre, and you’ll play a key role in mentoring the Apprentice Technical Director, who is typically hired on a full-season basis, with the ultimate goal of having them TD a show by the end of their apprenticeship. Beyond that, you’ll help facilitate apprentices in a number of production departments, including stage management, and work on the High School Project, and periodically with secondary and post-secondary Co-op students.

About London

London is a growing city of about 400,000, located centrally in South-Western Ontario. It’s hot and sunny in the summer, cold and lots of snow in the winter, and a short drive to lots of cool places. London was recently designated a UNESCO City of Music, and has a thriving music scene. London is a centre for education, medicine, and finance, with a strong and growing manufacturing sector. With a growing network of multi-use pathways and bike lanes, as well as recent major investments in public transit, it’s easier than ever to get around. The Grand is centrally located, which means it’s about a 20-minute drive from anywhere in the city, and located right on a number of major bus routes. Cost of living, while rising, is considerably lower than larger cities like Toronto, while still offering many of the same amenities.

Our Commitment to Anti-Oppression

The theatre sector is in a period of much-needed change and tremendous opportunity. At the Grand, we are committed to creating and practicing a company culture that ensures an accessible, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming space for artists, audiences, donors, boards, and staff. We encourage all applicants to review the Grand’s Anti-Oppression Mission Statement on our website to confirm that your personal and professional values are aligned with this vision.

COVID Considerations

The Grand currently requires all staff, performers, and contractors to be fully vaccinated, and requires masks to be worn while in shared spaces indoors, except when performing onstage. Audience members are not required to present proof of vaccination, but are required to wear masks unless eating or drinking in the lobbies. At this time, offers of employment will be contingent upon providing proof of vaccination, or a valid medical exemption.

While the most of the work of the Technical Director must be done onsite, we endeavor to offer flexibility in work arrangements where possible.

Salary

$55,000 to $65,000 /year.
Health & Dental Benefits available after 3 months.

Start date: Flexible, but anticipated July 18th 2022

To Apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter in a single PDF by email to:

Paul Fujimoto-Pihl
Director of Production and Operations
pfujimotopihl [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

Please name your file and email subject line “TD Application – [Your Name Here]”

The position will remain open until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Monday June 20th. Applications will be acknowledged as received, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Location

471 Richmond St.

London, ON N6A 3E4