Technical Manager

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Sydney’s Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP) is seeking  a capable and  enthusiastic Technical Manager for 2 productions in 2018, in July and October.

The Technical Manager will liaise with the production supply company and work with the production director, designers and Stage Manager, to provide management and support  to ensure our productions are delivered in a safe and professional manner.

The Technical Manager will possess Working with Children Check and be able to work with young people as per MSTYP’s charter to create productions for children, in which young people are performers, assistant SM’s and lighting operators, mentored by theatre professionals.

Please forward a copy of your resume with a cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the position and addressing the selection criteria to the Artistic Director Margie McCrae

Applications closing date: Monday 5 March. Applications are confidential.


Salary per each production: $1500 over a two week period, including one bump-in week, technical and dress rehearsals, bump-out, plus presence if required during the fortnight season.

2-3 production meetings in a three month period before production week and regular phone and email contact during this time.


The Technical Manager will be able to:

1. Liaise with the production supply company.

2. Be available during bump-in week to coordinate and oversee the installation, maintenance and inventory of technical equipment and facilities.

3. Assist the set designer during bump-in with the technical aspects of the set design.

4. Program a lighting board Grand MA2.

5. Teach students the lighting plot.

6. Liaise with sound and Musical Director in the management and production of music and sound for rehearsals and performances.

7. Co-ordinate bump-in and bump-out schedules.

8. Manage any maintenance during a two week season ie changing lights or other factors associated with the production.

9. Induct cast and crew into the theatre space.

10. Supervise and oversee student crew.

11. Participate in production meetings for the production.

12. Liaise with set and costume designers to organise rehearsal props, basic set and costumes.

13. Prepare appropriate show paperwork, in conjunction with Stage Manager.

14. Manage equipment and procedures for stage effects and changeovers.

15. Produce risk assessments and other relevant OH&S paperwork.

16. Ensure that all production operations are carried out in compliance with relevant and applicable Health & Safety legislation and any other applicable statutory regulations or legislation.

17. Carry out administrative tasks arising from the job.

18. Undertake additional duties as may reasonably be required.

Please note that the post holder may be required:

  • To supervise trainees and students In conjunction with the Stage Manager
  • To work as required on Sundays and occasional late/unsocial hours


  • Own vehicle
  • Driver’s licence and  applicable insurances
  • Be able to provide a Working with Children Check
  • First aid training
  • Experience in  working with young people
  • A good knowledge of production and technical techniques including stage construction, rigging, lighting and sound
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to prioritise and cope with last minute changes
  • Demonstrable calm, clear leadership skills
  • The ability to nurture the skills of individuals under their supervision
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and procedures as related to the theatre industry
  • Computer literate
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for theatre
  • Ability to work well within a small dedicated production team
  • An ability to remain, calm, professional and positive when working under pressure
  • Ability to source materials from time to time