Technical Director

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

We are recruiting a Technical Director to lead the Melbourne International Comedy Festival production department.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world and is one of Australia’s most loved events. The Festival sells in excess of 550,000 tickets annually and generates more than $16 million in box office. Aggregate attendance including free performances is over 770,000 people. The live audience numbers are boosted by an additional 5 million viewers for the nationally broadcast TV specials.

Conceived to promote the comedic arts in Australia, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has earned its global reputation through creative, eclectic programming. The organisation is active year-round with national and international touring, educational and artistic development programs complementing the presentation of the annual four-week festival.

The key function of the Technical Director is to deliver all elements required to successfully mount the technical aspects of the Festival presented by the organisation.

This is broadly divided into four areas:

  • With producers – researching, identifying and securing temporary venues for the Festival,
  • Building of Festival Managed Venues (FMVs),
  • Delivery of Festival produced shows, and
  • Managing operations within FMVs over the Festival Period (the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival), including Chief Warden responsibilities.

Outside of the Festival Period, the Technical Director is responsible for technical aspects of programs and tours including, but not limited to, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, one-off events, interstate and international touring.

Additionally, the Technical Director is responsible for ongoing planning and systems improvements relating to production, managing external hires of Melbourne International Comedy Festival assets and inventory control.

An ability to communicate effectively and collaborate in a way that enables efficient and professional delivery of the Festival’s production and technical services is essential.

The position is a 12-month contract (0.75 FTE).

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Along with a resume, applicants must submit a written statement (maximum two pages) addressing the selection criteria for the position.

Salary information is available on request.

Applicants with Edinburgh Festival Fringe temporary venues experience, at a management level, are encouraged to apply.

Applications close 9am Wednesday 4 October 2017 and should be addressed to Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, C/-

Enquiries: telephone 03 9245 3700 or email