Production Manager/
Technical Director

JOB DESCRIPTION


Company profile:

The Free Will Players Theatre Guild was formed in 1989 by a group of actors in a truly co-operative spirit with the mandate to produce the works of William Shakespeare. The company runs the Freewill Shakespeare Festival which has grown into a professional theatre festival with an annual audience of thousands. We stage two productions each summer in Edmonton’s river valley, and host many special events during the festival. See www.freewillshakespeare.com

 

 Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Managing Director and working in collaboration with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director, the Site Technical Director is responsible for facilitating operations at the Amphitheatre for the set-up, operation and take-down of the technical & production elements for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.  This includes overseeing all non-union crew heads, non-union crew members, summer students and participating as a running crew member. This position works closely and liaisons with the contracted production service provider(s)

 

General Conditions:

  • To be considered, applicants must be available for the entire festival; all set-up days, rehearsal times and performance times. 

  • Blocking rehearsals: May 9 – June 4, 2022.

  • Load-in & set-up of the festival begins: June 2, 2022

  • Opening Performances: June 16 & 17, 2022.

  • Performances run June 16 to July 10. Performances are Tuesday thru Sunday evenings, with additional matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays. 

  • Strike and Load out: July 11 and 12, 2020.

  • *A complete production schedule may be requested prior to applying for the position.

  • Applicants will need to work approximately 20 hours in advance of the festival load-in, which includes any production meetings as needed.

 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Available for electronic communication or in-person as so required, for the entire festival; all set-up days, rehearsal times and performance times.

  • Duties required, and not limited to:

    • Production schedules

    • Production meetings

    • Crew Calls

    • All technical drawings required for scenery construction, plan views and section views for designers.

    • Budget estimates and tracking.

    • Supervision of the Site Technical Director.

    • Supervision of all crew heads, crew as so required.

    • Communications with designers and directors.

    • Supervision of designer deadlines and follow-ups as so required

    • Ensuring a safe work space

    • Encouraging the highest standards

    • Being available for consultation through the entirety of the festival

    • Transportation / storage logistics of the scenery, props and technical equipment.

    • Arrange or direct the procurement of materials, equipment & rentals as so required.

    • Provide logistical support to the Managing Director and Artistic Director as they so require.

  • Encourage safe work habits and practices.

  • Willing to help achieve the best success for the festival. 

  • Be the go-to-person for anything that may come up

  • Be familiar with the Emergency Manual and carry out the role as necessary.

  • In consultation with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director assist with purchasing, ordering and tracking of all expenses. 

  • Pre-load in:

    • In consultation with the designers, facilitate the equipment orders for lighting and sound equipment.

    • Working in consultation with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director schedule & hire all crew needed for the festival.

    • Consult with the Festival Production & Technical Director on budget and scheduling of tech week / run / load-out activities.

    • Errands and shopping as necessary for the set & prop building.

    • Assist in setting up stage management in the rehearsal hall.

  • Load-in & Set-up & Onstage Rehearsals:

    • Organize all deliveries to the venue.

    • Lead all crew in the set-up of the festival equipment and spaces.

    • Enforce and encourage safe working practices for all crew and designers.

    • Co-ordinate with the Festival Production Manager & Technical Director for the set-up and install of the scenery and properties.

    • Assist stage management with set-up and organization

    • Set and Props repair and maintenance – including paint touch-ups as needed.

  • Festival Run:

    • A leading member of the running crew for all performances.

    • Ability to organize the backstage operations during the production.

    • Complete and supervise all set changes as needed.

  • Take-down & Load Out:

    • Lead the crew in take-down and packing of the scenery & properties.

    • Facilitate and coordinate all rental & borrowed equipment returns.

    • Restore of the venue.

    • Communicate activities with the Festival Production & Technical Director

 

 Qualifications:

  • Diploma or Degree in a technical theatre program from a post-secondary institution.

  • Class 5 driver’s license. It is strongly suggested this person have a vehicle. 

  • Knowledge and adherence of safe working practices.

  • Motivated: able to see a task that requires attention and completes such tasks without hesitation.

  • Ability to remain positive, upbeat, professional and with a calm demeanour under stress.

  • Physical fitness: ability to climb, work on ladders and vertical lifts, lift up to 30 pounds and stand for long periods of time.

  • Knowledge and understanding of lighting systems, audio systems, scenery installation standards, rigging standards, basic painting techniques, and props handling.

  • Calm under pressure and ability to problem-solve in stressful situations.

  • Ability to communicate with patrons and donors as needed.

  • Ability to communicate in written form (email, text, etc).

  • Understanding of labour standards as well ability to work with Union Crews (union crews are used to build and install the scenery).

 

 Compensation:

Hours of Work and Remuneration

The Production Manager/ Technical Director is paid a salary for the duration of the festival with hours determined by the employee in consultation with the Managing Director.

This position is considered management and does not qualify for overtime.

 How to apply:

Free Will Players Theatre Guild does not just accept differences — we celebrate it and thrive on it. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Please submit the following documents to md@freewillshakespeare.com by Friday, April 12, 2022 at 5:00pm:

 

  1. letter of interest

  2. résumé

  3. reference letters (if desired, to a maximum of three).

 

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Summer Student Jobs

Canada Summer Job Positions

We have the following Canada Summer Job positions available:

 

Special Events Coordinator - May 23 to July 13 (7 weeks)

 

In addition to 32 performances during our 3-week run, we host over a number of festival events. These include: private events, opening nights, speciality events, auctions, BBQs and event rentals. This position helps coordinate all the requirements surrounding each event. Making sure they run smoothly, and timely in conjunction with the productions on the stage. Help with the set-up, and decorations within the special events tent. Dealing with patrons and running beer and wine for events. Also handling food safety and COVID protocols will be required.

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration: 40 hours per week/ $15 per hour

 

For more information about the Special Events Coordinator position, please click here.

 

Festival Organizer - May 23 to July 13 (7 weeks)

 

Working closely with our Volunteer Director, helping source suppliers, ordering and inventory of Festival supplies and Special events. Undertaking administrative duties prior to the Festival including preparing all special event paperwork, assisting with private special event sales, mail-out to donors and helping organize the Opening nights. Help in the managing and organization of online festival auctions. Take part in Safety Briefings with Festival Management, and contribute to monitoring for possible inclement weather circumstances. As part of the Supervisory team, prepare for and assist in facilitation of possible emergencies or evacuations procedures. Organize the Operations prior to the Festival and oversee special event volunteers and help with any festival event administration.

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration: 40 hours per week/ $15 per hour

 

For more information about the Festival Organizer position, please click here.

 

Director Volunteer Services - May 9 to July 13 (9 weeks)

 

Responsible for recruiting, training, overseeing and scheduling volunteers. Sourcing suppliers, ordering and inventory of Festival supplies. Organizing move down to the Festival Site. Undertaking administrative duties prior to the Festival including preparing paperwork, data entry, and organizing the volunteer party. Carry out Operational and Front of House duties as needed. Maintain flow and control of the sales while Site is open to the public. Take part in Safety Briefings with Festival Management. 

 

As part of the Supervisory team, prepare for and assist in facilitation of possible emergencies or evacuations procedures. Maintain records, perform post job evaluation, correspondence, and filing. Organize the Operations prior to the Festival and oversees operations of Front of House during performances once Festival begins. Administrative duties as needed. Help implement safety and health guidelines throughout the run of the Festival.

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration: 40 hours per week/ $15 per hour

 

For more information about the Director Volunteer Services position, please click here.

 

Props Person - May 9 to July 13 (9 weeks)

 

The Props Person is responsible for the creation or acquisition of all props for the festival, while staying within budget, meeting all deadlines, and keeping an accurate inventory. 

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration: 40 hours per week/ $15 per hour

 

For more information about the Props Person position please click here.

 

Production Assistant - May 23 to July 13 (7 weeks)

 

  • The Production Assistant reports directly to the On Site Production Manager 

  • The PA provides his/her labour and technical knowledge as required for the needs of setup and tear-down of the Festival.

  • Stagehand Duties – The PA is responsible for executing Stage Management-assigned tasks during performances of the Festival, as well as stage turnarounds between performances.

  • The PA typically runs QLab audio cues during performances as called by Stage Management.

  • Other Duties: The PA is responsible for other duties related to technical aspects of the Festival as directed by the On Site Production Manager and/or Stage Management.

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration: 40 hours per week/ $15 per hour

 

For more information about the Production Assistant position please click here.

 

Site Coordinator - June 9 through July 19, 2016 (6 weeks)

 

Reporting to the Production Manager and working in tandem with the Assistant Managing Director/Volunteer Coordinator and the Concession & Merchandise Coordinator, the Site Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating smooth operations, maintenance and safety of the Festival site.  This includes overseeing the general custodial needs of the amphitheatre, supervising proper site drainage/maintenance during inclement weather, supervision of patrons during performances with regards to the Concession, Beer and Merchandise tents, as well as assisting with setup of rentals for special on-site events during the Festival.

 

Hours of Work and Remuneration:

The Site Coordinator commences full-time work 2.5 weeks prior to the festival. For the duration of the festival (June 14 to July 10), hours are approximately 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm Tuesday to Friday, and Noon to 11:30 pm (with a break between shows) on Saturdays & Sundays. Because the nature of the position is based on the needs arising at the Site, hours of work are subject to change. (40 hours per week/ $15 per hour)

 

For more information about the Site Coordinator position please click here.

 

All positions are through Canada Summer Jobs grant program.  To qualify, applicants must be under 30 years old and legally entitled to work in Canada

 

Please send your resume to Nikola Tonn, Managing Director: md@freewillshakespeare.com

 

Deadline for all Summer Jobs: April 22nd, 2022

 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.