Dogtown Dance Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts theatre located in Richmond’s Historic Manchester District, is seeking a Technical Director for its 2017 season. Dogtown Dance Theatre provides a home for independent artists to create and present their work in movement, visual and music arts. We seek to enliven our local community by fostering expansive creative expression and education across diverse populations.

Shows are scheduled for nearly every weekend, so availability Thursday-Sunday is required, with other weekdays scheduled as needed. Position begins January 2017. 

The Technical Director will be responsible for meeting with visiting artists, event planners, and other space renters to determine the lighting and A/V needs of their shows and to execute these to the best of Dogtown’s ability. The Tech Director will need to develop a clear understanding of the capabilities of Dogtown’s equipment so that each show is designed and performed with respect for the artists’ vision and dedication to the protection of the performers, audience, and equipment. Strong communication and problem solving skills required. 
The Technical Director will serve as Lighting Designer and Operator as needed for all events. Will also be responsible for leading a crew of VCU student workers for shows, set ups, and strikes. Some equipment repair, light carpentry and building maintenance as required. Must be able to stand, bend, climb, and lift for long periods of time.

Experience with the following required:

  • ETC Element lighting console/other ETC consoles

  • Multi-channel sound mixing consoles, graphic equalizers

  • Both conventional and DMX-controlled lighting fixtures

  • Load-In Phase: Supervise load-in procedures. Update Artistic Director of progress on a daily basis. Develop training procedures for student running crews. 

  • Technical Rehearsal Phase: Attend Crew Watch, Technical and Dress Rehearsals. Communicate adjustments due to rehearsal process to Artistic Director. Supervise and assist running crew as procedures are developed and refined. Monitor rehearsals to ensure safe operating procedures and conditions. 

  • Performance Phase: Monitor and respond to Performance Reports. Inspect all technical production elements as needed. Develop Strike Plan. Communicate daily notes, strike call time, and strike requirements to Scene Artistic Director. 

  • Strike Phase: Supervise and help strike to ensure orderly and safe tear down, demolition, and/or storage of scenic, lighting, sound, and property elements.


Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience with QLab software

  • Experience with shop equipment and power tools

Position averages 20-35 hours a week, sometimes more during heavy performance seasons and sometimes less during the off season. Pay is at an hourly rate paid bi-monthly and commensurate with experience. Position is year round, the season hits heavist in the Fall and Spring.

Please email cover letter and resume to Jess Burgess, Artistic Director at jess@dogtowndancetheatre.com.

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