Assistant Technical Director

Programming & Production · San Antonio, Texas
Department Programming & Production
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $40,000 annually

Assistant Technical Director

FLSA Status/Category: Exempt/Full Time

Reports to Technical Director

Supervises Theater Technicians

The Public Theater’s mission is to produce live professional theater that inspires, educates, and connects communities. The organization’s objective is to produce high quality theatrical productions year-round in multiple venues contributing to its as well as the city’s annual financial and cultural growth. The goal is to maintain and improve upon our perception as San Antonio’s flagship theater while creating a stronger collaborative and supportive culture. “Theater for all” serves as the organization’s vision for its region.

The Public Theater seeks a skilled individual for a full-time Assistant Technical Director position to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have experience with CAD or Vectorworks software and will be skilled in carpentry and in drafting. The qualified candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience in technical theater, possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and excel at leading and supervising a crew. Reporting to the Technical Director, the Assistant Technical Director plays a key role on The Public Theater’s team in both mid-level leadership and support. 

The principal purpose of this position is to support the Technical Director in creating safe, high quality technical elements for all productions.

This position is new at our theater, and we are seeking a candidate who is passionate about the process of transforming arts organizations for the better. Under new Executive Artistic Director, Claudia de Vasco, the company is working to not only improve the culture of the theater - from the HR policies to the way capacity, conflict management, and work life balance is approached - but also implement many of the ideas that have arisen nationally as American Theatre has begun addressing its historic practices of exclusion, prejudice, inequity, etc. We are seeking members for our team who want to go on that journey with us, who bring ideas, who understand anti-racist cultural expectations, and who care about working with BIPOC leadership making an effort towards transformation at a historically PWI.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist with the construction of stage scenery and properties working from blueprints, diagrams, plans, or drawings.
  • Operate a variety of hand and power tools and technical equipment used in the theater productions; observe safety precautions and regulations.
  • Assist in developing a comprehensive build calendar for each production.
  • Assist with drafting when needed.
  • Prepare materials, order supplies while considering specific show budgets.
  • Maintain all deck equipment as requested.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Assist with Load-In and Strike for all shows assigned.
  • Attend all Technical Rehearsals as requested.

Supervisory and Administrative

  • Assist Technical Director and Production Manager in administration and supervision of all safety systems.
  • Maintain records and inventories as assigned.
  • Assist in the preparation of time, labor, and materials projections for the season’s shows.

Requirements and Preferences

The qualified candidate must…

  • …have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in technical theater.
  • …possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • …be familiar with standard tools and equipment required for producing live theater.
  • …have a proven ability to lead and supervise a crew.
  • …have the ability to read and analyze a budget.

The ideal candidate will also…

  • …have experience with CAD or Vectorworks software.
  • …be skilled in carpentry.
  • …be proficient in drafting.

Compensation and Benefits

The Public offers an annual salary of $40,000, and a competitive benefits package that includes paid holidays and vacation, employer contributions to medical insurance, and access to dental and vision insurance as well as a 403-B retirement plan.

 Cultural Commitment

As a theater company and nonprofit organization, The Public Theater puts Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) at the forefront of its operations, decisions, and practices. We meet these goals by cultivating spaces and processes that respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions on stage and off. The Public Theater staff are expected to work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and must work to advance our diversity and inclusion efforts by consciously and deliberately addressing any hindrances to those goals. We are committed to providing the resources to our staff and creative teams as we continue our efforts in learning and growing in these efforts, and we hope to hire additional staff members who understand these values.

We are committed to a swift and sustained effort that invites people of color, and other members of historically excluded communities, to be an active part of our leadership, decision-making processes, and operations. All candidates interested in the position are encouraged to apply. We are a caregiver and parent friendly space. The Public is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is based in San Antonio and will require in-person attendance.

The Public Theater promotes a fully vaccinated workforce. All artists, staff, and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination prior to start date and may be required per union guidelines to undergo COVID testing at the expense of the producer.

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  • Location
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Department
    Programming & Production
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $40,000 annually