Technical Director - Live Events

Technical · New York, New York
Department Technical
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Technical Director

(Production and Live Events)

Position Summary:

A production glue technical director is responsible for leading the technical production team and advancing all technical production elements of a project.  Sure, that first sentence is fairly obvious, but there’s way more to it- a glue TD is responsible for collaborating with clients to execute the never-been-done, and deliver best-in-class levels of tech acumen (techumen?) and production management, while forging relationships with clients, vendors, and production partners alike to help spearhead a project through successful completion.  We’re talking about providing exceptional customer service while being ultimately responsible for the “how and why” of all scenic, staging, audio, video, lighting, rigging, labor, and all related components. 


  •  Focus on projects and events with complex site elements including but not limited to large outdoor art and music festivals

  • Lead projects in all areas of planning and execution of events from a technical prospective

  • Planning for all production/technical elements of assigned projects
  • Perform site surveys as needed and draft site plans, ground plans and other required layouts as needed
  •  Consult with clients regarding equipment and materials, labor and scheduling to clarify production requirements. Provide technical assistance as necessary
  • Coordinate with artist/client management and/or technical staff to ensure that all needs and requests are accommodated within facility capabilities, budgets, labor agreements and policies
  • Estimate and manage budgets for assigned productions including profit margin.
  • Determine crew calls and assignments based on production and facility requirements
  • Review and approve production labor time sheets and account for staff hours for all events assigned
  • Prepare equipment rental orders (e.g. scenery, staging, audio-video, lighting, effects equipment, etc.), as necessary
  • Research special projects as assigned
  • Enforce safety standards and preventive maintenance programs. 
  • Enforce policies and procedures and make recommendations as necessary


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of eight years of live theater, touring concert and/or production experience in a for-profit organization is required.
  • Experience with the outdoors, concerts, events, rock & roll and capable of responding to the outdoor elements
  •  Functional competencies in event staging, scenery, theatrical rigging, sound reinforcement, production lighting, and audio & video production is required. Broadcast experience a plus.
  • Computer skills: Macintosh OS or Windows platform using Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Intermediate level drafting skills in Vectorworks or AutoCAD is required.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work graciously in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work with discretion, diplomacy and tact in tightly “buttoned-up” environments of finance and government.
  •  Ability to demonstrate a sense of urgency and act responsively.
  • Previous supervisory experience is required.
  • Experience working with and directing union and non-union stagehands is required. 

Cultural Competencies:

·      Can anticipate and solve problems before they arise

·      Follows through with tasks in a timely manner

·      Ensures even the smallest items are handled without error

·      Ability to deal with highly sensitive information / materials

·      Stands up even in the face of adversity and challenges the status quo

·      Able to impact and direct others decisions in a positive manner

·      Earns respect and collaborates well with peers and management

·      Provides viable and cost-effective solutions to challenges

·      Drives multiple projects at a given time in a successful manner



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