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Job (Edmonton) – Freewill Production Manager/ Technical Director – The Free Will Players Theatre Guild

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Job (Edmonton) – Freewill Production Manager/ Technical Director – The Free Will Players Theatre Guild

Reporting to the Managing Director and working in collaboration with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director, the Site Technical Director is responsible for facilitating operations at the Amphitheatre for the set-up, operation and take-down of the technical & production elements for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This includes overseeing all non-union crew heads, non-union crew members, summer students and participating as a running crew member. This position works closely and liaisons with the contracted production service provider(s)

General Conditions:

To be considered, applicants must be available for the entire festival; all set-up days, rehearsal times and performance times:

  • Blocking rehearsals: May 9 – June 4, 2022.
  • Load-in & set-up of the festival begins: June 2, 2022
  • Opening Performances: June 16 & 17, 2022.
  • Performances run June 16 to July 10. Performances are Tuesday thru Sunday evenings, with additional matinee – performances on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Strike and Load out: July 11 and 12, 2020.
    *A complete production schedule may be requested prior to applying for the position.


  • Diploma or Degree in a technical theatre program from a post-secondary institution.
  • Class 5 driver’s licence. It is strongly suggested this person has a vehicle.
  • Knowledge and adherence to safe working practices.
  • Motivated: able to see a task that requires attention and completes such tasks without hesitation.
  • Ability to remain positive, upbeat, professional and with a calm demeanour under stress.
  • Physical fitness: ability to climb, work on ladders and vertical lifts, lift up to 30 pounds and stand for long periods of time.
  • Knowledge and understanding of lighting systems, audio systems, scenery installation standards, rigging standards, basic painting techniques, and props handling.
  • Calm under pressure and ability to problem-solve in stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate with patrons and donors as needed.
  • Ability to communicate in written form (email, text, etc).
  • Understanding of labour standards as well ability to work with Union Crews (union crews are used to build and install the scenery).

Responsibilities include:

  • Available for electronic communication or in-person as so required, for the entire festival; all set-up days, rehearsal times and performance times.
  • Duties required, and not limited to:
  • Production schedules
  • Production meetings
  • Crew Calls
  • All technical drawings required for scenery construction, plan views and section views for designers.
  • Budget estimates and tracking.
  • Supervision of the Site Technical Director.
  • Supervision of all crew heads, crew as so required.
  • Communications with designers and directors.
  • Supervision of designer deadlines and follow-ups as so required
  • Ensuring a safe work space
  • Encouraging the highest standards
  • Being available for consultation through the entirety of the festival
  • Transportation / storage logistics of the scenery, props and technical equipment.
  • Arrange or direct the procurement of materials, equipment & rentals as so required.
  • Provide logistical support to the Managing Director and Artistic Director as they so require.
  • Oversee stage management activities and provide support as they so require. Willing to help achieve the best success for the festival.
  • Encourage safe work habits and practices.
  • Willing to help achieve the best success for the festival.
  • Be the go-to-person for anything that may come up
  • Be familiar with the Emergency Manual and carry out the role as necessary.
  • In consultation with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director assist with purchasing, ordering and tracking of all expenses.

Pre-load in:

  • In consultation with the designers, facilitate the equipment orders for lighting and sound equipment.
  • Working in consultation with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director schedule & hire all crew needed for the festival.
  • Consult with the Festival Production & Technical Director on budget and scheduling of tech week / run / load-out activities.
  • Errands and shopping as necessary for the set & prop building.
  • Assist in setting up stage management in the rehearsal hall.
  • Load-in & Set-up & Onstage Rehearsals:
  • Organize all deliveries to the venue.
  • Lead all crew in the set-up of the festival equipment and spaces.
  • Enforce and encourage safe working practices for all crew and designers.
  • Coordinate with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director for the set-up and install of the scenery and properties.
  • Assist stage management with set-up and organization
  • Set and Props repair and maintenance – including paint touch-ups as needed.

Festival Run:

  • A leading member of the running crew for all performances.
  • Ability to organize the backstage operations during the production.
  • Complete and supervise all set changes as needed.

Take-down & Load Out:

  • Lead the crew in take-down and packing of the scenery & properties.
  • Facilitate and coordinate all rental & borrowed equipment returns.
  • Restore of the venue.
  • Communicate activities with the Festival Production & Technical Director

Hours of Work and Remuneration:

The Site Technical Director is paid a salary for the duration of the festival with hours determined by the employee in consultation with the Managing Director.
The salary for this position is $1,000 per week, over 8 weeks. With the potential for additional compensation, after further consideration.
This position is considered management and does not qualify for overtime.

To apply for this position please email your cover letter and resume along with any other pertinent information to Freewill Shakespeare Festival: Attn: Nikola Tonn
E-mail to:

Applications must include references. Applications that do not include references will be considered incomplete.
References may be contacted prior to interviewing candidates.

Deadline for applications is April 12, 2022.
Interviews are conducted as required.
The position may be filled prior to the closing date. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

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