Technical Director at TRUSTUS THEATRE (Columbia, SC)

Position Responsibilities:

The Technical Director leads a team of designers, technicians and craftspeople to bring ideas into reality. The Technical Director has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the theatre, including scenic construction, theatrical lighting, theatrical sound, projections, performing facility maintenance, and coordinating contractors for other necessary facility maintenance. The Technical Director works with and oversees the Assistant Technical Director, volunteers, overhire employees, designers, and contractors who perform technical operations and design implementation. The Technical Director works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. 


  • Commitment to the mission and values of Trustus Theatre
  • Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • 3-5 Year Experience as member of Theater Technical Staff 
  • 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. 
  • Ability to communicate the technical capacities of the theatre and collaborate specifically with designers.
  • Demonstrates extensive theatrical knowledge of design implementation, capacity to work creatively to solve implementation issues across design disciplines.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of theatrical drafting and drafting programs.
  • The ability to successfully guide and support technical staff and technicians in the realization of designers’ expectations and vision.
  • The ability to interpret and execute designs for the Trustus Theatre space.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates strong project management skills
  • Evidence to monitor expenditures and staying within material budgets.

Trustus Theatre Mission:

Trustus Theatre is the home for relevant, innovative, and inclusive theatrical works.

Additional Information:

Classification Level: Full Time

Salary and Benefits: $38,000-$41,000, salary commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: November 15 or until position is filled

Start Date: ASAP

Please send a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Via e-mail : [email protected]
Attn: Jessica Fichter
Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St
Columbia, SC 29201

Overhire Carpenters at TRUSTUS THEATRE (Columbia, SC)

Overhire Carpenters are project-based team members responsible for the assembly, modification, maintenance, and disassembly/disposal of scenic elements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
– Works to support the director and set designers vision for each show
– Reads and interprets shop drawings
– Fabricates and installs high quality scenic elements
– Other related duties as assigned

– Experience safely working with power and hand tools that are used to load in and strike theatrical scenery.
– Experience with theatrical rigging or willingness to learn about rigging systems and components.
– Willingness to learn theatrical terminology for ease of onsite communication.
– Ability to take direction and work with others as a cohesive team.
– Ability to communicate and collaborate with people that are mixed across lines of differences such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.

Minimum Requirements:
– Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 50lbs.
– Ability to regularly stand, stoop, bend, kneel, reach and climb in various positions to perform tasks.
– Ability to climb ladders and work in high places.
– Valid driver’s license.

Additional Information:

Classification Level: Contract basis

Salary: $17/hour, commiserate with experience

Application Deadline: Ongoing, as needed

Start Date: ASAP

Trustus Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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