Pentacle Theatre is seeking an experienced technical director to begin Oct. 2, 2017.

Company Info


Headquarters: Salem, OR

Size: 5 employees

Founded 1954


Pentacle Theatre is a volunteer based, non-profit community theatre, presenting innovative and entertaining seasons of quality productions in a broad range of styles.  In our continuing quest for excellence, Pentacle Theatre seeks to be a significant cultural resource for the Salem area, while providing our volunteers the opportunity for personal growth and achievement in an atmosphere of mutual respect, support and enjoyment.

The Pentacle Theatre season currently consists of eight productions, a shorter run fundraiser production, and has a dark time throughout most of December.  The technical director will have periods of intense pre-production work balanced with other periods of design and technical maintenance work.  This will average out to be a 40 hours work week.

The Technical Director supports the above mission by working to meet, efficiently and economically, the technical needs of each productions while soliciting, organizing, and supervising a volunteer and paid workforce.


Technical Director Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Helps shape the artistic vision for the theatre; advises the Board with artistic-related decisions; and carries out policies and procedures.
  • Attends monthly Board meetings, Board retreats, and special Board workshops.
  • Provides recommendations to the Finance Committee regarding production expenditures.
  • Oversees all set construction and installation, and ensures that sets are completed within agreed upon timelines.
  • Supervises a strike crew that dismantles the old set; disposes and or/stores materials, recycles when applicable, and builds/installs the new set.
  • Supervises volunteer crews that assist with set construction and painting.
  • Personally constructs and paints set elements as necessary.
  • Purchases set materials in accordance with the budget for each show and accounts for expenditures.
  • Assures compliance with standard safety and fire codes.
  • Continues technical responsibilities on an ongoing basis throughout each production with the maintenance or repair of production elements as needed.
  • Set Design:
    • Collaborates with directors to develop the set design for each show.
    • Ensures the set design is completed by the date of auditions.
    • Collaborates with directors on the “look” of the show (i.e. set decoration and lighting).
  • Lighting Design:
    • Collaborates with directors to develop the light design for each show.
    • Supervises the light hang, light board programming and adjustments to lighting as needed during technical rehearsals.
    • Attends technical rehearsals as needed or as requested by the director.

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Minimum Entrance Requirements

  • At least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid experience as a technical director.
  • Or have equivalent volunteer or similar experience:
    • Must be able to demonstrate how related experience meets requirements.
    • Portfolio strongly encouraged.
  • Additional experience strongly preferred. A bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or a related field would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide team leadership, supervision and training.
  • Working knowledge and technical skills to oversee a wide range of performance methods associated with theatre and musical theatre.
  • Strong ability to design sets and lights for each production.
  • Strong oral, written, organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong knowledge of workplace safety.
  • Ability to meet required deadlines and to multi-task several projects at once.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Set building and carpentry skills.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities appropriately and effectively.
  • Good judgment and focus on detail as required by the position.
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills. CAD experience an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and make adaptive changes.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and work styles and to maintain good community relations.
  • Must be able to lift, push or pull equipment up to 50 pounds using appropriate tools.
  • Comfortable using ladders.
  • Must be available to work a demanding irregular schedule.


8 Mainstage shows a season

1 Minimalistic off-site special project production (annual fundraiser production)

Hours per week: 40 on average

Reports to: The Executive Director

Salary Range: $37,500 to $40,000 per year, subject to negotiation based on experience and qualifications.  Includes employee benefits (Medical, Dental, Short Term Disability, Paid Time Off after probationary period is met.)  Exempt from overtime.

To apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio by June 19, 2017, to:

Lisa Joyce, Executive Director

Pentacle Theatre

145 Liberty St. NE, Suite 102

Salem OR 97301

or by email:

Questions? Call Lisa at 503-485-4300 ext. 108