Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally renowned out-of-school creative youth development organization. Through rigorous theatre and vocal training, Mosaic’s arts education, college prep, and workforce readiness programming helps children ages 7-18 develop the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success on stage and in life. The organization maintains a 95%-plus high school graduation rate with its alumni attending colleges across Michigan and around the country, institutions such as The Julliard School, and going on to become Kresge Fellows, Broadway stars, Emmy and Tony Award nominees, and good global citizens situated throughout the business community.

The Technical Director leads technical production elements of the production season. This part-time temporary position requires strong volunteer and personnel management skills and oversees the cost effectiveness and planning of the entire production process for our productions. The ideal candidate is an experienced problem-solver, an enthusiastic collaborator, and a passionate educator who is eager to incorporate their skills into our creative youth development program.

Responsibilities:    

The Technical Director is responsible for all physical aspects of the production and performing arts spaces for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, including: maintenance, sets: technical direction and design for events and production; purchasing supplies; and supervising crews. The Technical Director manages purchasing construction materials, supervising the building of scenery, transporting set pieces from the shop to the theatre stage, mounting the scenery onstage, overseeing the work of the production crews during rehearsals and performances, and maintaining the technical equipment and supplies.

  • Working with Director and other tech contractors to plan technical elements including, set design, scene changes, sound and lighting etc.
  • Distributing information to production team;
  • Attending weekly production meetings with Mosaic and Theater staff. Determining the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances in advance of production dates.
  • Mentor and instruct students with an interest in technical theatre including work in the following areas: scenic design and construction, lighting design and rigging, sound design, costume design, projection design and realization, stage management and rehearsal etiquette.
  • Supervise and maintain positive relationships with contracted labor, volunteer parents and student crews.
  • Assisting guest designers and artists with technical matters.
  • Facilitating set and stage construction.
  • Overseeing build and run crews.
  • Monitoring the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranging for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performing preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assisting management of production budgets; maintaining inventory and ordering specialized supplies within budgetary constraints.
  • Hiring build crew within budgetary constraints.
  • Planning tech week rehearsal process and preparation
  • Final review of production expenses with Associate Director of Theater Programs
  • Attend any departmental post production debriefs and/ or critiques

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • The candidate must be able to manipulate objects and tools and repair pieces of equipment.
  • This job is performed in a multi-building environment with stairways.
  • Able to carry, move, and push or lift heavy objects and equipment
  • Responsible for ceiling-mounted and wall-mounted equipment reachable using ladders and mechanical lifts
  • Must pass a federal and state fingerprinting and background check and provide a recent negative TB test or assessment

 Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Design, or a related field of study preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience in Middle and/or High School preferred
  • Familiarity with current Theater software programs such as Creston Systems, EOS and ETC Ion family lighting consoles, Qlab, Isadora, as well as Vectorworks, Google Apps and Mac OS X. Experience with Creston Systems is highly desired.
  • Experience with set design, set construction, lighting design, sound design, and sound operation
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development in both subject matter and pedagogy
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience coordinating multiple ongoing projects with a clear head and grace under pressure.
  • Has a valid driver’s license
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Mosaic Youth Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to hr@mosaicdetroit.org with “Technical Director” in the subject line.