Roles and Responsibilities of the Technical Manager
Reporting to the Dean of Arts, the Technical Manager will oversee the use of the theatre space, run lighting and sound, and support any other technical needs for events and productions in the performing arts building. The Technical Manager will design and build all sets for the theatre program. The responsibilities of the Technical Manager will include the following:
Scenery and set design: the technical manager will be the lead set builder and will oversee a team of students in building and running each production.
Lighting and sound: the technical manager will collaborate with and oversee lighting and sound designers as needed for theatre productions and have a general knowledge of running sound and programming the light board for school events taking place in the performing arts space.
Provide process instruction and design participation for interested students.
Maintain technical tools, equipment, and storage for production.
Maintain technical facilities including scene shop, theatre, storage, and associated areas.
Coordinate with other signature program specialists on the set-up, maintenance, and scheduling of the scene-building areas of the fabrication lab.
Train students in construction techniques, the use of tools and equipment, running crew and board operations.
Teach and maintain shop and production safety.
Maintain technical production budget.
Oversee the technical needs for all events taking place in the performing arts building, including running sound, lights, and AV equipment.
Assist with the technical needs for some weekend or evening activities that may require portable sound equipment, AV equipment, or take place in our performing arts spa.
Work with Dean of Arts to schedule all events in the performing arts building and manage overlapping use of the theatre.
Coordinate meetings with all members of technical team for shows and the end of production strikes with company and crew.
Record and archive all school concerts and theatre productions.
Skills, Qualifications & Attributes
Professional or undergraduate/graduate-level training in all aspects of technical theatre.
Previous theatrical design and set construction experience required.
Extensive knowledge of technical theatre, theatre equipment, and best practices.
Pre-employment background check is required.
Ability to lift, pull, and/or carry up to 50 lbs.
Ability to endure prolonged periods of standing, walking, bending, kneeling, twisting, and pulling.
Internal Number: 9610
About Thaden School
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.
At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s remarkably robust indexed tuition program supports the creation of a balanced learning community where students of many perspectives, talents, and interests come learn and grow stronger together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville, the school is walking distance from the town square, Bright...water Culinary Institute, The Momentary (Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts), and a variety of other educational resources. The school has also engaged a world-class team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The principal designer, Marlon Blackwell, is the 2020 recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor. The
school’s first permanent buildings opened last fall, and the campus master plan will be completed in the fall of 2021.
With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas. For more information about the region and its national rankings, see Finding NWA and
the website for the Northwest Arkansas Council. The school’s website features videos and additional
information regarding its educational programs, faculty and leadership.