Western Canada Theatre (WCT) is searching for a dynamic, creative TECHNICAL DIRECTOR to join and lead within our production team in beautiful Kamloops, BC. Our TD will be part technical expert, part educator, part artist, and full-time leader. With primary responsibility over our production & venue operations, the TD will foster an effective team of technical staff and artisans. Our busy, mid-sized team works collaboratively, with creativity & flexibility. The TD supports the organization through cost-effective, efficient production operations and in the strong leadership, management & mentorship of our production staff. Reporting to the Production Manager and working closely with the Producer, Artistic Director & Managing Director, the TD has broad responsibility in the following areas:
Venue Technical Direction (30%)
- Responsible for the technical operation of our venue(s) including staffing, budget & physical resources;
- Leads, supervises and delegates to a team of Associate TDs and Technicians;
- Provides excellent client service with rental clients and is able to run productions, as required
- Takes a lead on the assigned venue(s’) maintenance & proposes capital projects.
- As the season ramps up, delegates TD responsibilities for rental events to other staff as required.
Producing Technical Direction (70%)
- Collaborates with the Producer and Production Manager in the hiring of our production artisans & technicians to realize our productions.
- Works closely with staff across the organization, including the production team, creative teams & designers, to realize the assigned productions within established parameters (schedules, budgets, staffing)
- Creates and manages production timelines, build plans, design deadlines & meetings
- Analyzes, evaluates, costs & plans for our productions & all designs
- Undertakes and/or supervises the drafting for all productions
- Coordinates production workflow & communication exchange between departments
- Assists with the build, install & tech process, in a variety of capacities, as needed
- Prepares our productions to travel to a variety of co-production and touring partners as required
- Assists other WCT departments with technical requirements for events, launches and projects
- Responds to equipment rental requests and acting as a technical resource externally
- Undertakes additional duties, including client service requests, as required.
The ‘Ideal’ Mix of Skills, Experience & Traits Might Include…
- Demonstrated experience in professional technical theatre;
- A strong understanding of modern stage equipment including lighting, sound, rigging, special effects and theatre construction techniques – and a curiosity to learn more at every opportunity;
- Makes good use of IT resources, communication tools, and drafting programs (Office365 and Vectorworks)
- Being a consummate and tactful diplomat, able to make a positive & helpful contribution to arising situations and with varied stakeholders;
- A strong supervisor of workers at all experience levels, prioritizing the development of staff;
- A good analytical thinker, able to make decisions when appropriate and knowing when to heed to others’ responsibility;
- Highly organized and able to prioritize effectively to meet rigorous deadlines;
- Has knowledge of and able to implement health and safety legislation, regulations & policies;
- Thrives on managing projects with finite timelines and budgets with the ability to creatively problem solve;
- Able to work a flexible schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, late nights and early mornings as the production schedule may dictate;
- A valid Class 5 Driver’s License, with access to own vehicle
- Our TD role is a full-time, ongoing position with a high amount of flexibility in work hours including some evenings, weekends & longer days.
- The role is based in Kamloops, BC, and a move to/residency within the Kamloops community is required.
- A relocation stipend is available.
- The salary range is commensurate to experience and is between $44-52,000. WCT has a generous benefits package that includes extended health, paid vacation, time off during the holiday season, and a flexible work schedule.
- The successful candidate will ideally start August 9, 2021 (with some flexibility).
- Due to the volume of submissions, we thank all who express interest in this position; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Tell us what mix of skills, experiences & traits you would bring to WCT, along with how this role fits with your career arc, your availability and salary expectations. Submissions should include a cover letter, resume, and two professional references.
Please send, as one attachment, by Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5pm PT, to:
Evan Klassen, Managing Director
Western Canada Theatre tells our stories on the traditional & unceded territory of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, whose people are the traditional stewards of this land.
Since 1975, Western Canada Theatre has been producing innovative, entertaining, and educational theatre for audiences in Kamloops, throughout BC’s Southern Interior, and across Canada. We have grown into one of the largest producing theatres in BC and have had a remarkable impact on the national theatre landscape: producing premieres of important new Canadian and Indigenous work, training some of Canada’s finest theatre professionals, and showcasing our work and our artists across the country through touring and co-productions. We manage & operate the 700-seat Sagebrush Theatre, the 150-seat flexible configuration Pavilion Theatre, as well as our producing shops, storage & touring operations. For more information, please visit us at wctlive.ca
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Western Canada Theatre is committed to diversity in the workplace and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply, and to self-identify if they so choose. We hope to receive applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender-identification, sexual orientation, class and physical ability (though our office is currently on a second floor, and as such not wheelchair accessible). We are a parent-friendly workplace, with several parents on staff. We invite anyone with access needs or requiring accommodation in the application process to contact the Managing Director.
Safe & Respectful Workplace Statement
Western Canada Theatre is committed to the creation of a respectful work environment and supports those who have experienced or witnessed toxic behaviours. We stand up against behaviour that undermines the dignity or self- esteem of any individual, or which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. We invite all our Artists and Staff to partner with us in speaking up against harassment and standing together in addressing problems when they arise.
Kamloops is our home and is a great place to live and work. We offer you the opportunity to thrive in a city that boasts a reasonable cost of living, gorgeous terrain, active lifestyle, and, of course, the sunny weather of BC’s Southern Interior. For more information, visit Kamloops.ca