Technical Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Technical Director

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: June 2022

SALARY RANGE: $80,000-$85,000


The Rep is the St. Louis region’s most honored live professional theatre company. Founded in 1966, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is a fully professional theatrical operation belonging to the League of Resident Theatres, The League of St. Louis Theatres and is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre.


The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is committed to elevating and celebrating our shared humanity through transformational live theatre and programs that cultivate community.  The Rep is going through a significant season of evolution. This is a moment of intentional internal evaluation, expansion and reinvestment in the creation, access, and impact of our work.  We believe in dynamic, welcoming, bold, innovative art with exceptional production quality and craftsmanship. We believe diversity is a value in every sector of our theatre and center the idea of life-long learning off and on the stage. There has never been a better time to join The Rep family.  We are looking for a Technical Director that embraces these values and seeks to be a thought-leading voice as we build strong, sustainable, equitable processes to support exceptional artistry. I believe in the fundamental power of our artform to transform lives and community.  As Artistic Director, I welcome you to bring the whole of your ingenuity, your dreams, and your talents to the theatre.  Let’s craft the future of the American Theatre together.

-Hana S. Sharif



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Under the direction of the Director of Production, the Technical Director serves as a key member of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Production Department. The position is expected to function independently in an environment conducive to the development of new work with changing priorities and detail-critical deadlines. The Technical Director is responsible for managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production including preparing bids and bringing shows in on budget. In conjunction with the Director of Production, the Technical Director will take an active role in facilitating communication with the Designers, IATSE production staff and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis leadership.


The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is dedicated to building an equitable environment that centers excellence and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.



  • Collaborate with the design team and other production departments to establish methods for executing the design and construction of scenery, and its integration of other technical elements of the productions.
  • Maintain clear communication with designers and within the production department to ensure successful integration of a show’s technical elements.
  • Attend all design presentations, meetings, rehearsals and run-throughs as designated by the Director of Production.
  • Provide supervision for all load-in and work calls during the production process coordinating activity with other department heads.


  • Review and revise budget estimates for each production by tracking all relevant information and ensuring these requests match the allocated budget and labor.
  • Prepare a shop build, load-in, and strike schedule for each production based on the available staff labor and the calendar.
  • Monitor and oversee the progress of technical drawings for all scenic elements based on the designer’s renderings.
  • Prepare, organize, and communicate relevant technical information to shop employees and other departments ensuring the productions are built, installed, and struck in a timely, safe, and resource efficient manner.


  • Supervise, manage and support the Associate Technical Director, Scene Shop Carpenters, and Scenic Artists to promote a safe, healthy, and productive working environment.
  • Actively participate in team building, fostering a work environment incorporating the values of The Rep.
  • Coach and develop staff members by monitoring the quality of employees' work and providing constructive feedback.
  • Coordinate ongoing maintenance of all scenic elements including automation and effects equipment throughout the season.
  • Maintain timesheets, IATSE rules and regulations, track labor, and necessary union paperwork.


  • In coordination with the Associate Technical Director, project and track expenses for each production.
  • Ensure all relevant show files are up to date and maintained throughout the season.
  • Organize and prepare information for daily Scene Shop operations.
  • Collaborate with Shopper/Buyer to ensure materials are purchased in a timely and resource efficient manner.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience in non-profit theatre; or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
  • Commitment to creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment that values diversity and centers excellence.
  • Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex, multilateral productions.
  • Experience in preparing budgets, labor estimates, build calendars, and staffing schedules.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written), mastery of word, excel, AutoCad, VectorWorks, and online online collaboration tools.
  • Advanced knowledge in theatrical automation and rigging practices.
  • Successful candidates will be adept at managing competing priorities, navigating emergent challenges, and proactively identifying and mitigating risk.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.



Candidates must submit a cover letter (include where you saw this job posting), resume, and three references using the form below.