Position reports to:


Technical Director

FLSA classification status:


Full time; overtime exempt,

Pay range:


$52,000 - $57,000 annually



Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, 401K

Application deadline:




SEATTLE REP is seeking an experienced, resourceful, and highly talented Associate Technical Director to join the Production Team. The Associate Technical Director is a critical member of the Production team, working closely with the Technical Director, the Scene Shop, and the Stage Operations Supervisor to ensure that the scenery and technical elements of our productions are created and operate safely and efficiently, while maintaining the high level production values for which we are known.



Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming, and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table, reflected in our community.


Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices



The Associate Technical Director’s primary goal is to facilitate the safe and efficient realization of the scenic designer’s vision on stage. The Associate Technical Director is a crucial link between the scenic designer and the scene shop artisans, and the primary communication conduit between management and the scene shop.

Typical duties include:  

Translate design information for use in shops and on stage

  • Collaborate with the Technical Director and designers to determine methods of implementing designs and create build schedules for all productions
  • Create 3D AutoCAD models and construction drawings for all scenery and effects
  • Attend production meetings and technical rehearsals to collaborate with the design teams and directors to ensure production elements are meeting the requirements of the show
  • Collaborate with the Technical Director on the design and implementation of automation and stage effects equipment

Manage and support the scene shop through the build process

  • In collaboration with the Technical Director, production management and the shop leads, supervise the carpenters, scenic artists, and over-hire in Seattle Rep’s scene shop.
  • Schedule, request, and manage paperwork for over-hire carpenters and scenic artists from the IATSE hiring hall in consultation with shop department heads and technical direction
  • Collaborate with the scene shop leads to schedule and plan the scenic builds
  • Ensure the safety of the activities of shop staff and equipment use
  • Construct all computer files for the season including shop drawings and build schedules

Be a collaborative member of the production department

  • Represent the needs of the scene shop staff at production and departmental meetings
  • Manage the safety systems in the scene shop
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all theatrical construction techniques and stage systems including but not limited to metal fabrication, woodworking, CNC router systems, scenic automation, sound, lighting, projections, and props
  • Represent the production department as needed at technical rehearsals, previews, strikes, load-ins, and occasional interdepartmental and public facing events

Serve as an essential contributor to Seattle Rep’s culture and success

  • Add constructively to the collaborative and collegial health of the organization
  • Add actively and constructively to the equity, diversity, and inclusion work of the organization, including attending all-staff training sessions
  • Engage with and strive to embody Seattle Rep’s mission, vision, and values in all aspects of work


Minimum qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant experience
  • Advanced knowledge of scenic or temporary building techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of metal and woodworking tools
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member and leader of a team
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD 2D and 3D drafting
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills

Desired qualifications

  • A working knowledge of technical production elements, including automated motion control, pneumatic/fluid power systems, electrical circuits, etc.
  • Experience with CNC tools
  • Knowledge of WISHA/OSHA regulations and safety management
  • Familiarity with interpreting union contracts and overseeing work performed under those contracts



  1. Submit a resume detailing related experience and education.
  2. Attach a cover letter that outlines how your related experience and education qualifies you for the position.
  3. Applicants are reviewed the day after the position closes.
  4. First round of interviews tentatively scheduled for 11/16/2021
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.