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Technical Director

Technical Director

  • Full Time
  • Port Hope, ON
  • Applications have closed.

Website Cameco Capitol Arts Centre

Experience Entertainment

ABOUT THE CAPITOL:  The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre houses the Capitol Theatre now a designated national historic site. The Capitol, built in 1930, made movie history in Canada showing the first “talkie” and has functioned as a multi-entertainment venue since its re-birth in 1995. The Capitol has enjoyed growth over the past five years and is poised for the next chapter in its evolution.

As its future unfolds, a new organizational structure will take place to provide leadership and management at a pivotal moment.

This NEW position is a wonderful career opportunity to join a small team of like-minded professionals, active Board of Directors and 200 volunteers, all dedicated to excellence in serving, entertaining and engaging Capitol patrons.

The Capitol draws industry talent for it’s professional productions and as well as engaging with the local artistic and creative community for amateur and semi-professional productions. Operating year round, the Capitol offers live theatre, concerts, selections from the Toronto International Film Festival, MET Operas presented via satellite, and much more by way of two splendid performance spaces.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Reporting to the Managing Director, the Technical Director is a key position within the Theatre and will have responsibility for the day-to-day planning, management and supervision of the technical operations of the theatre, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating any necessary technical maintenance.  Additionally he/she will also be responsible for the efficient operation of the physical plant and its operating systems such as HVAC, fire and life safety. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, collaborative team member with a passion for theatrical innovation, mentorship and training.  The candidate will have proven experience, the ability to manage technical theatre installations, assist with budget tracking, and overall production and facility planning.

The Technical Director will carry out this job while respecting / protecting / preserving the National Historic Site, the historic fabric of the site and identified historic spaces and listed elements of the historic site and other designations.


  • Technical responsibility for all productions, ensuring that all technical elements are delivered on schedule and on budget and troubleshoots technical challenges as required.
  • Responsible for the scheduling and time management of all casual and contract technical employees and approves their timesheets.
  • Working directly with the Artistic Director, establishes the labour needs for lighting, sound, video and scenic elements for all productions. Analyzes scripts for all technical elements.
  • Working directly with the Sound and Lighting Designers, supervises all lighting and sound setups, on stage, tech rehearsals and previews.
  • Communicates with the director, designers and stage management as necessary for troubleshooting and production continuity.
  • Coordinates with stage management for production notes, and for the smooth transition of sets from shop to technical rehearsal, tech week and through the run of the production including repairs..
  • Produces any AutoCAD plans and/or construction drawings and other production related paperwork as required.  Troubleshoot designs for effectiveness, efficiency, cost and safety.
  • Locates, costs and orders all scenic materials, soft goods, rigging, etc.
  • In the absence of the sound or lighting designers, make design-related decisions that are necessary to either meet deadlines or other requirements of the Production within the realm of pre-discussed design choices and in consultation with the Artistic Director.
  • Plans, schedules and supervises the construction and operation of all sets and scenic elements.
  • Participates in load-in, set-up and strike in all performance spaces for all productions and events.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date records for all capital and operational purchases.
  • Creates and maintains AutoCAD drawings of the Theatre’s performance spaces, construction drawings for each production, and a database of all scenery and furniture.
  • Maintains and operates the Projectors for multipurpose use including Live Events, Stage Productions, Films, Live and recorded Broadcasts, etc.
  • Directs maintenance of all sound, lighting and video systems, and ensures smooth functioning of all stage machinery.
  • Maintains an accurate inventory and organization of all technical equipment including the capital inventory database.
  • Maintains inventory control of all technical and production supplies and equipment.
  • Maintains a production quality of the highest standard.
  • Performs other technical duties as assigned by the Artistic Director and/or the Managing Director.


  • Works with the Facilities Committee to establish, monitor and implement the 5-year facility plan.
  • Meets with contractors and suppliers as necessary to arrange new work and/or maintenance and to supervise its completion.
  • Oversees the HVAC systems including computerized control systems and performs minor troubleshooting.
  • Monitors and keeps up to standard the general state of repair of the building, including municipal code compliance.
  • Performs minor, hands-on repairs and maintenance as needed.
  • Schedules the cleaning and maintenance of the facility and its systems and equipment as required in order to maintain a sanitary, safe and secure working environment; including securing quotes and selecting service providers as needed.
  • Monitor the operating budget for the facility and equipment maintenance.
  • Supervises rentals of the facility in order to ensure all equipment and technical resources are used properly.
  • Responsible for the adherence to, and maintenance of all required safety standards (i.e. Fire Safety, signage, accessibility)


Education: Post secondary degree from a recognized technical training institution or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Experience: Minimum 2 to 4 years of professional experience in a variety of aspects of technical theatre.

Knowledge: (Not all are required but would be an asset)

  • Clear understanding of CTA guidelines regarding professional Live Theatre Production standards and processes as they pertain to or involve the TD or facility.
  • Relationships or knowledge of key industry personnel and resources such as TDs, LDs, Techs, Vendors, Theatres, Social Media Groups for Production resources.
  • Thorough knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for the stage, both materials and techniques, including welding, rigging and painting.
  • Thorough knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems
  • Product, material, pricing and logistics research skills.
  • Ability to read and produce blueprints.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs.  Especially Excel Spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of various Computer Aided Drafting platforms.
  • Thorough knowledge of AutoCAD


  • Strong personnel, scheduling and budgetary management skills.
  • Moderate to thorough knowledge of video projection, theatrical sound and theatrical lighting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of current safety standards and the implementation of same.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy, creativity, a collaborative spirit, and the cultural sensitivity needed to work effectively in a diverse environment of artists, directors, producers, creative and management teams and Board Committees.
  • Self-starter, detail oriented, flexible with ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Occasional physical effort is required including the lifting and moving of scenery, climbing ladders, loading and unloading trucks and other typical theatre functions.
  • Adaptability and desire to improve existing processes and procedures by offering recommendations to alternative methods.
  • Positivity and a strong work ethic that will enhance and assist in the evolution and growth of the organization.
  • An inexhaustible sense of humour.

Compensation:  A competitive compensation package will be provided with salary and applicable benefits.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their CV to Robert Sculthorpe, Vice President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Facilities Committee at

The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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