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Nashville Ballet

Technical Director/Master Carpenter

Nashville Ballet


Job Summary

The Technical Director/Master Carpenter’s primary responsibility is to implement the technical and scenic aspects of productions including, but not limited to, lighting, audio, video, carpentry and props.  Additionally, determine and manage the department budget for the hourly technicians associated with the construction and implementation of those specific areas of production.  The Technical Director in coordination with the Director of Production and production staff to implement and manage all aspects of the production for the main company, second company and School of Nashville Ballet.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Determines needs, hires, and manages all load-in, load-out, and running crews for all ballet productions, including the coordination of crewing needs with venues in coordination with the Director of Production.
  • Supervises the Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master, Head Electrician, Head Carpenter and other non-regular hourly production employees when working in the studios and in the theater or performance studio.
  • Directs the load-in and load-out of all NB performances including arranging all drayage.  In coordination with the DP, the TD will direct the running of all backstage elements as they relate to the production.  It is understood that the goal of the TD shall be to help create and maintain the “vision” of the Artistic Director, choreographer, and designers on stage while providing a safe working environment for the dancers, guest performers and crew.
  • Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of Nashville Ballet, including supervising the use of sets, props, lighting, sound and audio visual equipment and the use of the ballet facilities.
  • Draft plan for and construct sets and props – including purchasing of materials and assigning labor as needed for set, prop and stage construction.
  • Responsible for technical aspects including sets, props and lighting, for NB Company, NB2 and SNB performances needing technical support and other productions or events as assigned, within the guidelines established by the Director of Production.
  • Assist in the preparation of all paperwork, equipment and theater requirements as needed by the DP including but not limited to: drafting, line schedules, crew schedules, venue riders.
  • Attendance at production meetings and enough studio rehearsals to have a working knowledge of the performances; attendance at all technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Creates and manages in coordination with the DP,  the labor budget for the overall annual fiscal budget.

Secondary Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist DP in the ongoing organization and maintenance of warehouse & props including maintaining a working inventory of production assets. Responsible for the ordering and inventory of consumables and specialized equipment and supplies for production needs.
  • Assist in the management of incoming and outgoing rental of sets, props and costumes.
  • Makes recommendations to the ballet leadership regarding capital purchases of technical and safety equipment.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound and rigging and arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints.  Performs preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Assist dancers with backstage needs
  • Maintain studios to operational standards.  Responsible for scheduling the maintenance of dance floors in studios and touring floors throughout the fiscal year; and engaging with dancer reps to address issues or barriers throughout the contracted period. 
  • Advancing, set-up and strike, and overseeing the execution and needs of Lecture/Demonstrations and other special appearances by the Company as assigned by DP or Director of Artistic Operations.


  • Education:  Minimum of BA in theater or similar arts education or considered to be an expert in this field.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
    • Working knowledge of stage safety, set construction and lighting equipment
    • Ability to draft, read, comprehend and interpret working drawings and light plots. 
    • Carpentry and rigging skills and basic stage lighting and sound skills. 
    • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with others. 
    • Ability to direct a stage crew and communicate effectively the requirements of each production.
    • Ability to drive a 24’ non-CDL box truck with a lift gate.
  • Experience: minimum of 3 years technical director or manager in an associated theatrical field 
  • Equipment:  Knowledge of hand tools, power tools, personnel lifts and their safe use.  Basic knowledge of general office equipment including computer, phone, copier, etc.

Additional Information


Full Time Benefits

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to with “Technical Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


  • Date Posted: November 10, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk