“Trustus Technical Director Brandon McIver has been with Trustus for over a decade, and his work has brought countless sets and technical designs to our stages in that time. He’s ready to uproot and head to another city to explore new opportunities. So while we’re sad to see him go, we support his decision to go try something new in life. Go get em Brandon!  Therefore, Trustus is seeking a new Technical Director to start in late October. Please see the following information if you are interested in applying.” – Chad Henderson, Artistic Director

Technical Director at TRUSTUS THEATRE (Columbia, SC)

Position Responsibilities:

The Technical Director has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the theatre, including scenic construction, lighting, sound, performing facility maintenance, and coordinating contractors for other necessary facility maintenance. The Technical Director works with and oversees the Assistant Technical Director, and any other volunteers or contractors who perform technical operations. The Technical Director works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Technical Director reports to the Artistic Director.


  • Commitment to the mission and values of Trustus Theatre
  • Incredibly proficient at carpentry
  • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • 3-5 Year Experience as member of Theater Technical Staff and Facility Management
  • 2+ year experience in Management and Supervision
  • Significant, demonstrable experience as a technical director in professional, community, or university theatre.
  • Demonstration of effective mentoring and supporting of volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow staff, designers, stage managers, and guest artists and directors.
  • The ability to successfully guide and support technical staff and technicians in the realization of designers’ expectations and vision.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and contractors.
  • Evidence to meet deadlines with quality results
  • Evidence to monitor expenditures and staying within material budgets

Trustus Theatre Mission:

Trustus Theatre and the Trustus Company endeavors to enrich the lives and deepen the experiences of our artists and patrons by producing works that examine humanity in the 21st Century. The theatre’s goal is to select challenging scripts that will start and nurture dialogues that promote discussion within the community with productions that are brought to life through dynamic storytelling and inventive designs. Trustus will embrace the creation of original works crafted by local and nationwide artists. Our success will be measured by our commitment to collaboration and innovation, while our impact will be measured by the creation of a more diverse and vibrant Columbia.

Additional Information:

Classification Level: Full Time
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: October 10th, 2017 or until position is filled
Start Date: October 30th, 2017
Please send a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Via e-mail (preferred): [email protected]

Via postal mail:
Attn: Chad Henderson
Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Trustus Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Trustus Theatre Kicks Off Fall
Giving Campaign

Have you thought about supporting your local theater? Do you understand the value it brings to the community? We all talk about and realize that arts and culture are integral parts of our society, and the arts community in Columbia, SC, has been growing exponentially over the recent years. But Trustus is so much more than a community theatre.

At Trustus Theatre you see shows that make you smile, laugh, think and at times even cringe. We believe in art that draws you out of your comfort zone, opening your eyes to the amazing creativity of the human mind. A story told through the eyes of a talented playwright can lead us toward a better understanding of the many complex issues facing our society today.

When you reach beyond your financial comfort zone and support Trustus Theatre you help us continue to produce plays and musicals that challenge and unite our community. Ticket sales only cover a third of our expenses. Grants, corporate sponsors, and donations from loving, giving theater fans like you make up the rest.

Please take a look at the donation levels and give to the Trustus Theatre Annual Fund. With your donation you will be able to enjoy several exciting new benefits to say thank you so much for your support:

  1. The best seats in the house will be reserved for donors and Flex Pass Holders only. You will have access to purchase these seats before anyone else starting one month before each show. We will release these seats to the general public one week before each show opening, so you’ll want to take advantage of this exclusive offer in plenty of time to pick your favorite seats.
  2. With your donation of $200 or more you will receive a card that will give you access to one free drink from the bar before every show you attend.
  3. For donors at the $500 and above level, before opening night of each show we will have a donor party where you’ll get to meet the cast, talk to the director and enjoy food and beverages on us.
  4. With your donation of $1,000 or more we will give you exclusive access to our preview nights and technical rehearsals prior to each opening.

With your support, Trustus will also be able to reach beyond our four walls and into the community. Trustus is partnering with One Columbia to provide free viewings of Improv Comedy from our resident sketch and improv troupe, The Mothers. We are also working with the award-winning Richland County Public Library to develop a series of public readings of classic plays featuring the Trustus company of professional theater artists.

Please take a minute to give to the Trustus Annual Fund today.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Trustus Theatre Annual Fund. Or you can write a check made out to Trustus Theatre and mail it to: Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201.

Thank you so very much for your support. I hope to see you at a Trustus Theatre show this year.



Brad Martin
Director of Development
Trustus Theatre


Trustus Theatre kicks off Season 33: EYES OPEN with Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue on the Thigpen Main Stage this September. Leading off with an intervention, not-so-skillfully masquerading as a family get together in the local park, Barbecue brings together a family, each with their own form of addiction, trying to wrangle the most addicted sister into a rehabilitation facility.

The O’Mallery’s, a white family, have congregated together in the town’s local park under the pretense of a family barbecue, a ruse devised by one sibling to bring out their reckless, drug-addicted sister for an intervention. Suddenly, in the middle of the first scene, the lights go down and come back up to reveal the same O’Mallery’s, with the exception that they are all black. What follows becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell – and maybe even believe – about who we were and who we’ve become.

Barbecue is written by playwright Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy) and will be directed by Ilene Fins.

Trustus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chad Henderson, says, “We’re incredibly proud to bring this play to Columbia, and to open our 33rd Season with it. Robert O’Hara is a great American playwright, and this work has been seen by audiences at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and at The Public in New York City. It’s a rather new play, and a fresh examination of family, addiction and our personal ownership of our experiences. This play is a family comedy that unravels with twists and turns that take the audience down delightfully unexpected paths. This show is definitely the type of theatre that puts Trustus on the map. We’re also thrilled that we get to bring many new faces to our Main Stage with this production, as well as bringing some popular Trustus Company Members like Dewey Scott-Wiley, Elena Martinez-Vidal, Chris Cockrell and Devin Anderson together. Plus, Ilene Fins, one of Trustus’ original Company Members who directed our stirring production of Boy, is at the helm and she’s an excellent storyteller. Audiences may not have heard of this show, but once they see it, they’re going to be very glad they did. Trust us.”

Join Trustus Theatre for an incredibly unique evening in the theatre as they introduce the work of one of America’s most exciting contemporary playwrights to Columbia. Celebrate the opening of Season 33 and Barbecue on Friday, September 8th from 6-8pm with a block party outside of the theatre on Lady Street. Bone-In Barbeque food truck will be in attendance in addition to happy hour drinks in the Trustus Theatre bar, music, and plenty of fun!

Barbecue will run from September 8 – September 23, 2017 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Trustus Theatre Box Office at 803-254-9732 or online at Opening night is Friday, September 8, at 8pm. The performances following are on Saturday, September 9, at 8pm; Sunday, September 10, at 3pm; Thursday, September 14, at 7:30pm; Friday, September 15, at 8pm; Saturday, September 16, at 8pm; Sunday, September 17, at 3pm; Thursday, September 21 at 7:30pm; Friday, September 22 at 8pm; and Saturday, September 23, at 8pm.