BPA Seeks Full-Time Technical Director

BPA Seeks Full-Time Technical Director


Full Time, Exempt, Flexible Hours- weekdays, evenings, and weekends

Reports to: Executive Director, Production Manager

Salary range is $35,000-$40,000 DOE, includes employee health benefits, flexible vacation, and sick-leave.

Position closes: May 20, 2013

Bainbridge Performing Arts, a non-profit community performing arts center on Bainbridge Island, is seeking a full-time, year-round Technical Director. We are looking for a conscientious person who enjoys working collaboratively with a small staff to produce high quality theatre. Under general supervision by the Executive Director and Production Manager, the Technical Director also works closely with other production personnel to assist with all technical aspects of mounting our Mainstage productions, Theatre School productions, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra shows, rentals and special events. To learn more about BPA, see www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.



  • Arrange or perform maintenance of facility and performance systems and assist in budgeting for planned needs

  • Upkeep of Hodges Hall: includes cleaning, restoring the stage after every production, restoring the legs, teasers and curtains to the current position and trim, keeping the booth clean and well organized, maintaining the seats and house lights

  • Maintain inventory of all equipment and supplies and ensure that they are maintained and stored properly between productions

  • Keep the scene shop and technical booth clean and well organized


  • Determine the necessary technical supports for lighting, sound, staging and other technical needs for events and performances presented at the facility in accordance with BPA scheduling and guidelines

  • Operate with proficiency all theatrical technical systems

  • Oversee the design and execution of all projection, sound, lighting, video and special effect elements used in the theater’s productions and insure that all are executed in a timely manner and within budget

  • Train, manage, and ensure the safety of technical interns and volunteers

  • Assist designers with all production related technical matters. Ensure that all designs meet the budgeting requirements and facility limitations

  • Supervise all technical production staff including contracted master carpenters and master electricians

  • Lead or assist in set construction as appropriate

  • Supervise the load in of all set elements to the theatre

  • Attend all technical and dress rehearsals and take notes as necessary

  • With the Stage Manager, assist in coordinating all strikes. Ensure that the theatre is returned to “zero” for all future operating and rentals

  • Oversee all technical elements and run (Operate the lighting and sound board or arrange board operation) all non-Mainstage performances including Theatre School, BSO, Improv, Rentals, and other special events.

  • Work with Education Director to design and implement scenery, lighting and sound for all Theatre School productions


  • Theatre project management including the determination of ongoing needs, meeting schedules and budgets, and keeping inventory

  • Effective and collaborative communication with volunteers, renters, vendors, patrons, and co-workers

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Production Management or a minimum of three years’ experience of managing technical theatre elements including set design and construction, lighting design and sound design.

  • Ability to perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on all equipment

  • Interest and ability to work either autonomously or closely with a team as projects require

  • The TD must be able to maintain irregular and extended working hours and be able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.


The ideal candidate has excellent organizational and communication skills and is a creative problem solver skilled in drafting and lighting design with a working knowledge of scenic construction, lighting, sound, and video equipment. Experience with ETC consoles and Mackie sound equipment a strong plus. Must be able to work in diverse situations, with adult and youth volunteers and be available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, afternoons and evenings.

TD is eligible for additional lighting and set design contracts for an additional per-show stipend. BPA encourages creative participation in productions as interested. 

Please submit a resume, letter of interest, and electronic portfolio materials to Executive Director, Dominique Cantwell no later than May 20, 2013.

BPA is a 501 (c)(3) organization and non-equity performance center. For more information about BPA and our programs, please visit www.BainbridgePerformingArts.org