Job: Cleveland Public Theatre Associate Technical Director


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Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring an Associate Technical Director, which is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. CPT will be accepting applications for this position until the role is filled. Salary range is $45k to $55K

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for the position, send an email to Joshua Smith, Technical Director, at [email protected]. Subject line should read: [LAST NAME], Associate Technical Director. The email should include two attachments: a resume, and a two-page cover letter describing your history, passion, why you are interested in this position, and what you have to offer. Candidates may be asked to provide additional materials after original application. No phone calls, please.


CPT is hiring an Associate Technical Director (ATD). This role reports to the Technical Director (TD). This role participates in leading the theatre and supporting the EAD in strategy and decision-making.

The ATD works with the TD to implement all technical aspects of productions, except costumes, for CPT’s season, consisting of 6-12 full productions, 2-4 new work development series, 2 multi-site special events, and other artistic projects. CPT programs in two theatres, various onsite studios, and occasionally produces work offsite in nontraditional spaces. The ATD is responsible for maintaining the scene shop and technical equipment. While candidates must have experience in theatrical set building, they must be able to read and hang a light plot and have expertise in some of the following skills is also a plus: sound set up and lighting design/video design/implementation. The successful candidate will be collaborative, eager to learn new ways of working, service oriented, and highly self-motivated. CPT promotes a positive work environment and works to maintain a sustainable workload for technical staff and their teams.

Salary range is $45k to $55K commensurate with experience and skillset. The role requires an average of 45 hours a week with actual hours varying between 30 and 60 hours, depending on the time of year and phase of projects. Additional compensation may be offered for major design projects, when applicable and when ascribed hours cannot accommodate this design work. Benefits include employer contribution to medical, dental and vision plans (HSA-compatible plans available); up to 28 days paid time off including holidays; free tickets to all CPT productions including Pandemonium (our annual fundraising extravaganza); reimbursements for tickets to some other local productions; beautiful offices with a view of Lake Erie from our rooftop.


  • Implementation of Technical Aspects for Productions
  • Build and install sets for productions
  • Hang, patch, and focus light plot for productions and series
  • Install sound plot for productions and series
  • Install and focus projectors as needed for productions and series
  • Manage Scene Shop and Technical Equipment
  • Maintain scene shop to meet CPT standards of safety, organization, and cleanliness
  • Maintain, repair, and purchase technical equipment as needed


The preferred candidate is an experienced carpenter and someone who is comfortable driving trucks up to 26’ and be willing to submit to a background check. Ideally, they also will be able to demonstrate the following:


  • Ability to collaborate and be a team player
  • Technical skills in set construction and at least one of the following areas:
  • Lead electrician/lighting
  • Video design implementation
  • Props/fabrication
  • A desire to work with students and support educational programming
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Working knowledge of VectorWorks, QLab, and other industry standard programs would be beneficial and can be learned on the job.


  • 2 years of full-time technical theatre work or equivalent as freelancer
  • Or, a BA degree in technical theatre

  • Attention to detail and accuracy while working on multiple projects and tasks
  • Ability to work efficiently and calmly in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborative, eager to learn new ways of working, service-oriented, and highly self-motivated
  • Inspired to learn from and with leadership and to support leadership’s ongoing growth and learning
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong finisher
  • An eye for safety and risk assessment


CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has a strong team-work environment which inspires us to have fun and love what we do. We value hard work, and strive to center courage, humanity, integrity, representation, respect, and JOY, “challenging each other to do and be our collective best.” CPT is an organically un-siloed organization; and cross department work is a norm.

For applicants considering relocation to Cleveland: our city is an excellent community in which to live with a top-notch arts, culture, and vibrant theatre scene. Cleveland also has a top-notch eclectic restaurant scene that reflects the many cultures who reside here, as well as beautiful public parks, a great lake, a thriving sports scene, and affordable housing.


CPT is an internationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Our mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through our theatrical season, featuring between 8-10 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. Historically, a majority of plays produced at CPT are by BIPOC artists and women. In the past three years, CPT has undertaken work to accelerate and formalize its growth to becoming a fully anti-racist organization, engaging all staff board and artists in that work. Our acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to Cleveland CORE Ensemble, as well as community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi. We annually present Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival, as well as other festivals in our own neighborhood, including Day of the Dead. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.8 million per year. We currently have 22 full-time staff members.

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