Lead Technician

Posted by
Second Stage Theatre
New York, NY
Published 25 days ago

About Second Stage

Second Stage Theater produces work entirely by 21st century American playwrights both on and off Broadway. Dedicated to adventurous contemporary plays and musicals, bold new interpretations, and unique theatrical experiences, the work at Second Stage reflects diversity and inclusiveness. Through the discovery of emerging talent and the commissioning of new work, Second Stage nurtures future generations of theater artists and welcomes a theatergoing audience of all backgrounds.

Job Description

The Second Stage Theater Production Management department is seeking a full time, seasonal Lead Technician for the Kiser Theater Off-Broadway. The Lead Technician serves as the representative from the Production office at the Kiser for all technical rehearsals and performances. The Lead Technician is a working member of the stage crew and is responsible for leading load-in and instillation of scenery, props and other stage elements, as well as hiring, supervising, and training additional crew members. The Lead Technician will participate in all areas of production when necessary, including, but not limited to scenery, automation, rigging, props, electrics, sound, and video.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review technical specifications for bidding scenery
  • Hire carpentry crew for load-in
  • Lead carpentry crew to safely load-in and install scenery
  • Hire, train, and oversee run crew for performances
  • Serve as Production Carpenter for all productions at the Kiser
  • As Production Carpenter, answer technical questions about all scenic and prop elements
  • Address all safety needs and concerns in the Kiser Theater
  • Organization, maintenance, and storage of the Kiser Theater Production inventory
  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of all production spaces in the Kiser Theater
  • In conjunction with facilities department, address building issues during performances, as needed
  • Respond to and answer notes from the performance reports and Stage Management teams
  • Coordinate work calls and repairs for physical production elements
  • Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes, if required
  • Any other production related duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment
  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints.
  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans and paperwork
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential
  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration with designers, directors, artists and stage managers
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot


Additional Information

This is a full-time position. Tuesday - Sunday with evenings and weekends “show schedule” required.

Compensation: Base salary starting at $62,000 annually

Benefits: Second Stage offers a full benefits package including vacation, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance and long-term disability coverage upon eligibility.

Second Stage values diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

Second Stage is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

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About Second Stage

Second Stage Theater produces work entirely by 21st century American playwrights both on and off Broadway. Dedicated to adventurous contemporary plays and musicals, bold new interpretations, and unique theatrical…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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