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Stuart’s Opera House and Nelsonville Music Festival, in Nelsonville, Ohio, are hiring a Technical Director/Production Director. Stuart’s Opera House (SOH), a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, is a historic 460 capacity proscenium theater. SOH also houses two smaller performance spaces, a community-facing and rentable Grand Lobby, and a growing, education-based, recording studio. The Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF), a production of SOH, is an annual, multi-day, outdoor music festival featuring 4 stages of performances by eclectic internationally-recognized and regional artists.

This staff position is critical to upholding our reputation as a professional and world-class performance, art, and community center as well as our acclaimed NMF.

We are searching for a dynamic, qualified, experienced, and professional team member who will successfully oversee all of our productions and events – large and small. We are known for our quality presentation of a wide variety of events that include a diverse array of touring performing artists, local community groups, community theater, arts education programs, rental customers, and private events.

The Technical Director/Production Director serves as a critical member of the team and is responsible for all technical, production, and logistical aspects of all SOH productions, NMF, as well as private or public rental events. Our hands-on TD/PD hires and supervises any necessary technical staff in addition to maintaining and safeguarding the technical assets of the facility. The TD/PD provides production management and supervision for any use of the theater and other SOH spaces by renters and also facilitates repair and maintenance of all theater resources and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Applicants must have knowledge of proper audio systems procedures and practices; working knowledge of lighting design and lighting consoles and software; working knowledge of theater rigging and standard practices; good working knowledge of computers and software, ability to exercise good judgment, and communicate professionally and effectively both orally and written; strong organizational skills and ability to work in a multiple task environment; ability to supervise staff. It is essential that our TD/PD maintain positive interpersonal relations with staff, renters, and patrons and a bonus if this skill comes naturally.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the planning, evaluation, scheduling, implementation, engineering, and supervision of all technical and production elements.
  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, backline, and special needs, necessary for events and performances in advance of production
  • Hires, recruits, supervises, and manages any and all production crew and stage hands.
  • Works directly with artists or artists’ representatives to generate technical and production advances, along with any other needs as required by contract.
  • Oversee performance riders, ensuring all equipment is planned for, and the event is properly staffed by the technical team.
  • Maintains and operates sound, lighting, stage, and other technical equipment
  • Assists with the preparation of and manages technical operation budgets and budgeted equipment purchases or upgrades.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all equipment.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment, including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment, and performs preventive maintenance on all production equipment.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors policies to ensure a safe work environment for all SOH productions.
  • Serves as Building Supervisor after normal hours of operation or during assigned productions and rentals.
  • Stays abreast of new technology and software relative to lighting and audio engineering, and audio visual.
  • Partners with Facilities where facilities and technical systems overlap.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director and/or Artistic Director.


Ideal candidates will have experience working in a professional performing arts environment with a minimum of 3-5 years previous experience as a Technical Director preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience in technical production, including live performance lighting, sound, AV, or a commercial production company, are encouraged to apply. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Working knowledge of live event operations, including but not limited to lighting, computerized lighting systems, sound, audio visual, and projections with a high level of knowledge in one or more of the areas above.
  • Superior attention to detail while meeting deadlines.
  • Exemplary customer service skills with the ability to smoothly and productively interface with artists, vendors, customers, and public.
  • Ability to supervise, inspire, and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to take, follow, and give direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work within multiple budget lines.
  • Understanding of the event production process, tech needs, and ability to clearly communicate with staff, artists, partners, renters, and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent in-person, email, and phone communication skills.
  • Ability to work within an ever-changing and sometimes stressful environment.
  • General computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and Google Workspace.
  • Expertise in carpentry, rigging, and using standard theatrical construction techniques is a benefit.
  • Working knowledge of appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • Valid driver’s license with a safe driving record and a reliable personal vehicle.
  • Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds and manage sustained physical activity.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes a modest benefit package.

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