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Full-time ,
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Aurora Civic Center Authority

Technical Director

ACCA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment for all staff, artists, and volunteers. ALL applicants will be considered for equal employment opportunities without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, familial status, genetics, or veteran status. Anyone who is eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community is encouraged to apply!

The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located in the heart of the richly diverse community of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago). ACCA is the parent organization, which also includes a 501(c)3 arm under the name of Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. It operates three performance venues: the outdoor RiverEdge Park, the landmark Paramount Theatre, and the intimate, newly renovated Copley Theatre. ACCA proudly operates the Paramount School of the Arts in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center. ACCA and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas.

Mission Statement: The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA) is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by:

 making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background,

 introducing the magic of live theater across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world,

 and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers, artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.


DEPARTMENT – Production

DIRECT REPORTING – This position reports to the Production Director.

WORKS CLOSELY WITH – Associate Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Scene Shop Team, Production Management, Properties Shop Staff, Venue Operations Manager, Audio Lighting and Media Supervisor, Lead Stagehands

POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Full time exempt. In collaboration with Production Director and TD staff, span of day and days off can be somewhat flexible. Shop schedule is generally Monday-Friday, 8-9 hours a day. Extended hours occur during loadin and tech including some nights, weekends and holidays, and time-sensitive needs sometimes occur outside scheduled hours.

COMPENSATION – Salary range is $75,000 to $90,000 with excellent benefits package including health insurance, paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time, paid parental/family leave, 401K with employer match, and complimentary tickets.

START DATE – As soon as 05/23/2022, but there is flexibility

POSITION SUMMARY – Technical Director is responsible for the management of Scene Shop operations and employees (including Associate TD and Assistant TD), assessment of scenic designs, and the management of scenic installations for in-house productions, which currently consist of 4 Broadway Series musicals in the 1800-seat Paramount Theatre and 4 Bold Series productions in the 165-seat Copley Theatre. Duties include oversight of scenic construction, installation, maintenance, and strike.

 Budget Management
o Work with VP of Productions to establish scenic budgets for productions, overhead, and capital improvements
o Manage Scene Shop payroll, routine Scene Shop expenses (overhead budget), and individual production budgets;
work with Technical Direction Team to track and reconcile expenses and prepare expense receipts
o Collaborate with Scenic Designers, Production Management and CEO to align budgetary aims with design integrity

 Scene Shop & Personnel Supervision
o Supervise Associate TD, Assistant TD, core Scene Shop crew of 5, and overhire employees
o With Associate TD and IASTE Local 2, engage overhire employees for scenic construction, load-in, and strike
o Provide consistent oversight and guidance for construction in the Scene Shop and during load-ins
o Oversee the Assistant TD in processing all incoming shipments and returns for the Scenic department
o Manage Scene Shop supplies, equipment, inventories, rentals from stock, and space; supervise Assistant TD and
Shop Foreman in the maintenance of an organized, clean, safe, well-functioning work environment

 Miscellaneous
o Field requests for special projects from other departments as well as outside organizations; make recommendations
regarding special projects to VP of Productions and CEO and execute outside projects if and when they are approved
o Additional duties as assigned by VP of Productions, Production Director, or other senior staff member

*For the following duties, the Technical Director functions as TD on-point for Broadway Series productions and will assign and
oversee another member of the TD staff to function as TD on-point for productions in the Bold Series and other small venues*

 Pre-Production
o Read and become thoroughly familiar with the scripts for upcoming productions (Broadway Series & Bold Series)
o In partnership with other Technical Direction staff, attend and participate in design meetings, production meetings,
designer runs, technical rehearsals and, if necessary, preview performances

 Design, Pricing, & Drafting
o Review and interpret scenic designs to assess logistical feasibility, safety, and cost
o Reconcile incongruities between versions of scenic designs and coordinate with the Audio Lighting and Media
Supervisor to reconcile incongruities between scenic designs, light and audio plots, and media specifications
o With the help of other TD staff, assign and participate as needed in the creation of technical and construction
drawings for Scene Shop crew and other production departments using drafting programs such as AutoCAD
o Purchase all show-specific materials for scenic fabrication and supervise timely inclusion of materials into designs
o Create rigging plots and line set schedules for productions
o Design and create all automation systems, plots, and programming (setting limits and speeds) for productions

 Build & Load In
o Conduct appropriate research to support scenic builds and construction methods as well as the design intention
o Participate in research and development (R&D) of unique scenic elements
o In collaboration with Production Director, create and adhere to schedules for scenic builds and load-ins
o Expedite production as needed to meet scheduled deadlines
o Directly supervise Scene Shop team, including but not limited to: Associate Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Shop Foreman, Carpenters, Painters, Welders and additional overhire employees to delegate, review and
track progress of builds, submitting weekly build progress updates to Production Management and CEO
o Consult closely with Shop Foreman and Carpenters on set construction to ensure design integrity and labor efficiency
o Host Scene Shop visits for designers and other creative team members to advance troubleshooting and collaboration
o Collaborate with other departments on planning, execution and installation of cross-departmental technical elements
o Coordinate transportation of scenic elements from Scene Shop to the performance venue for load-in and installation
o Lead shop and stage scenic crew throughout the load-in and installation of each set into the performance venues
o Consistently deliver scenic elements on time and at (or under) budget

 Tech, Previews, and Show Maintenance
o During tech, work with Scenic Designer and TD staff to track, prioritize and execute scenic notes
o Promptly respond to applicable production notes given in Rehearsal or Performance Reports
o Perform routine (weekly, at minimum) safety checks of all scenic elements during performance weeks

In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

 5 years of professional experience in a scene shop at a regional theatre or commercial production company
 Broad knowledge of and demonstrated advanced skill level in technical theatre, including but not limited to: scenic
carpentry and fabrication, scenic electrics, painting, welding, rigging, automation, and drafting (i.e. AutoCAD)
 Excellent written and verbal communication
 Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel) or similar applications
 Capacity to oversee multiple projects at once and to approach challenges in a creative and diplomatic manner
 Keen ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment

 10 years of professional experience in a scene shop at a large regional theatre or commercial production company
 Experience in CNC Toolpathing
 Ability to draft in 3D
 Ability to lift up to forty pounds on occasion

Due to frequent and necessary interaction with members of the general public, performers, fellow employees and other individuals, successful candidates for employment are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they begin work and will be required to provide proof of vaccination. “Fully vaccinated” as defined by the CDC means that at least 14 days have
passed following receipt of the final dose of an FDA authorized Covid-19 vaccine. Additionally, Covid-19 boosters are required for eligible employees.


Please submit a cover letter and resume using the online job application at

You may also email to apply directly.

Or mail/drop off to: Aurora Civic Center Authority, ATTN: Jonathan D. Allsup, 8 East Galena Blvd., Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Aurora, Illinois