The Dance Barns Technical Director is responsible for the management and technical operation of the theater and studios at The Dance Barns in Santa Fe, and for the technical direction of NDI New Mexico productions held at The Dance Barns, including maintenance of theatre, and hiring and supervision of technical crews. The Dance Barns Technical Director is responsible to the Associate Director of Outreach Programs for carrying out the mission and the policies of NDI New Mexico. The Dance Barns Technical Director is a member of the Artistic Administrative Staff.
Responsible for overseeing and ensuring the quality of all technical aspects of NDI New Mexico performances at The Dance Barns including sound, lighting and projection, scenery and props.
Attends and contributes to production meetings with artistic staff for Santa Fe Outreach, North Outreach, and Dance Barns Afterschool Programs, collaborating and problem solving on creative and logistical aspects of performances.
Hires, trains and supervises part-time, PRN, and contract technical crew and outside designers as needed and in conjunction with Program Directors and within budget.
Coordinates rental and return of technical equipment.
Manages strike and restoration of facilities and equipment post-event.
Supervises technical crew during all performances, and performs lighting/sound design, scenic design/construction, rigging, and control board operation for performances and events as needed.
Creates plans and provides input on budgets for annual repair and maintenance
Oversees regular theater maintenance and safety including the repair and replacement schedule.
Creates, updates, and oversees The Dance Barns Theater policies and procedures manual and sets standardization of processes in coordination with The Hiland Technical Director.
Inventories, cleans, and maintains theatrical equipment used by on-site and off-site programs.
Maintains the audio equipment and dance flooring in dance studios
In conjunction with Senior Management team, creates long range plan and budget for theater and technical aspects of The Dance Barns including consulting on theater improvements.
Day to Day Theater and Studio Operation
Schedules Dance Barns programs in master calendar and coordinates theater needs with Artistic Program Directors and Facilities Manager.
Creates, maintains, and is responsible for The Dance Barns use and coordination of studios A-F and scene shop and ensures that cleaning, set-up, and tear-down is performed in a timely manner.
Maintains and orders sound equipment for studios.
Assists Facilities Manager with facilities maintenance and improvement as it relates to theater and studio operations.
Manages all theater and studio rentals from initial contact through approval by senior management, rental, and final exit review.
Loads and unloads props for multiple program sites and performs minor repair/maintenance to props between events.
Maintains, stores, and assembles props and banners for Santa Fe programs.
During events and other scheduling issues, will work split shifts in order to assist the team with locking up the building.
Schedules regular office hours that are appropriate and in consideration of the needs of The Dance Barns programs and current productions.
Attends workshops and staff meetings as appropriate to position or as requested
Coordinates the sharing of equipment and supplies between The Dance Barns and The Hiland, as well as with the Residency program with Hiland Technical Director and Dance Barns and Hiland Costumers
Other duties as required.
Job Specific Requirements:
Requires 2-5 years of experience in job related duties –theater management, lighting, sound, props/set construction.
Experience hiring, supervising, and training technical theater crew.
Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater Production or related area of study or equivalent experience
Excellent skills with technical equipment including light board, sound board, projection, etc.
Solves problems by identifying causes, gathering and processing relevant information, generating possible solutions, making recommendations, and bringing issue to resolution.
About NDI New Mexico
National Dance Institute of New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.