Arena Stage
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 57500
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Retirement Plan, 403b, Paid Annual and Sick Leave, Employer Paid Life and Long Term Disability, FREE Theater Tickets


Arena Stage is the voice of American theatre resident in our nation's capital. Focused on American artists, our productions are innovative and representative of stories from across the country. We nurture new plays and reimagine classics. We celebrate our democracy and diversity through a multitude of voices in our productions and community engagement programs to inspire people to action.


A work culture that values experimentation and collaboration.

Excellence in all aspects of our endeavor.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion throughout the Organization and within our audience and the community.

Community Service through education and public engagement.

Lead effective partnerships and collaboration to serve artists and arts professionals.


The Associate Technical Director supports the Technical Director in budgeting, drafting, scheduling, and overseeing construction, load-in, and strike of scenery for all productions.


  • Minimum BFA Degree in Technical Theater or equivalent training and experience
  • 3 years experience in a professional scene shop, preferably in a supervisory capacity


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in safe engineering of scenery and scenic construction techniques including carpentry, welding, and theatrical and arena rigging
  • Extensive experience creating technical drawings in AutoCAD (or equivalent drafting software) and knowledge of theatrical drafting standards
  • Ability to develop and implement plans for builds, load-ins, and strikes including scheduling and hiring personnel
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills including written and verbal communication, as well as demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Mechanical knowledge and experience, as it applies to theatrical effects including winches, hydraulics, and pneumatics involving complex integration across multiple axes.
  • Ability to adapt to frequently changing circumstances, work collaboratively with other employees and guest artists, and maintain a positive attitude in challenging situations
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Experience with CNC Routers, Creative Conners and JR Clancy automation systems preferred


  • Must be able to lift 60lbs, and able to climb and work from lifts/ladders with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work at a computer monitor for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day.
  • Ability to perform work that requires frequent and repetitive use of wrists and hands with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • This position has irregular hours with regular night and weekend responsibilities. It can include long periods of remaining seated or walking.


  • Serve as primary liaison between scenic designers of ASSIGNED productions (secondary on all not assigned productions) and the scene shop by communicating design objectives; facilitating questions and solutions; and striving to realize the designer's plans and concepts within the constraints of the production process.
  • Under the supervision of the Technical Director, generate and update construction and load-in plans and drawings
  • Coordinate with Scene Shop Supervisor in planning construction, load-in, and strike of all scenery.
  • Attend meetings, Technical Rehearsals and Previews as assigned by the Technical Director.
  • Assist the Technical Director in maintenance of stages, scene shop, equipment, and inventory
  • As time permits, assist in maintenance or general building projects requiring special skills.

We pride ourselves on being a workplace that puts the health and safety of our staff and guest artists first.

It is now increasingly clear that the best way we can protect our workplace and our employees moving forward is with COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines have been proven to protect against serious illness from the novel coronavirus, as well as lessen the rates of transmission. Vaccines provide stronger, longer, and better protection against infection from the novel coronavirus than the antibodies a person produces after they've been infected with COVID-19. It is for all these reasons, plus the legal requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's General Duty clause to provide each worker "employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm," that we are implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for our workplace.

The Washington Drama Society, Inc., Arena Stage does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting Human Resources at or call 202-488-3300.

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