Employment and Auditions

Employment Opportunities

Park Square Theatre/Steppingstone Theatre for Youth encourage applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority groups, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.

Technical Director

Position Title: Technical Director
Reports To: Production Manager
Coordinates with: Producing Director, Production Manager and Facilities & Events Manager
Collaborates with: Guest Designers, Directors and Stage Managers
Direct Reports: Master Carpenters and Electricians, Performance and Production Labor; Change-over Crews
Union Relationships: AEA, Local 802 musicians union and others (SPT-6-10 and TYA)
Status: Full Time, Salaried exempt
Hours: Full-time position, requiring evening and weekend work in addition to weekdays
Salary: Range $48,000 to $52,000 DOQ
Compensation: Health insurance (employee contributes $100/month); Dental insurance (100% of employee premium); parking; 22 PTO days and paid holidays. 403b/Roth IRA available (no employer match).

Deadline to apply: Open until filled
Anticipated start date: September 1, 2021

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Park Square/SteppingStone Theatre for Youth is hiring a Technical Director to support our Main Stage productions and education matinees on our 350-seat Proscenium and 199-seat Andy Boss Thrust stage, and to coordinate with our Production Manager and Facilities and Events Manager on events that take place at our performance center.  The Technical Director will be responsibility in the planning and management of our productions of all scenery (including drafting) and provide technical coordination of costuming, lights and sound, as well as support the Producing Director and Production Manager in producing exceptional work as we move out of Covid and into performing live again. In the upcoming seasonal planning we will be remounting productions that were cancelled due to Covid, as well as, bringing in new works in Spring 2021.

You will be joining a diverse production team and will be a leader in helping create and support a working environment that seeks to be artistically rewarding, safe and welcoming to ALL artists, employees, audiences and communities with diverse backgrounds.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter, used to team-based creative problem solving, and an “on the shop floor” manager who knows how to support high theatricality and “big theatre” aesthetics with mid-sized theatre budgets.

Park Square is actively working to support local talent so that incoming hires end each season with more skills than they started with. Your skills as a trainer/coach for welding, rigging, drafting (Vectorworks) will help build this theatre and the next generation of theatrical professionals.

QUALIFICATIONS

Park Square Theatre is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. People under-represented in the Technical Theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent collaborator
  • Five years professional experience in technical theatre, including experience in a repertory environment and experience with musicals
  • Appropriate training and management experience. BA, BFA, or MFA in Technical Production is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • A thorough knowledge of carpentry, welding and theatrical rigging as well as a demonstrated knowledge and experience of theatrical construction
  • The ability to generate working drawings in Vectorworks, AutoCad, or SketchUp
  • Experience with theatrical sound, lighting and video production
  • Experience in scheduling, hiring and managing others
  • Personnel, planning and communications skills that can support both complex processes and diverse fellow staff and artists
  • The ability to manage a full-time schedule that incorporates flexibility for evening and weekend responsibilities
  • Attention to detail and action oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to adapt communication style to different situations and communities
  • The ability to lift (with assistance) 50-100 lbs
  • Valid driver’s license

Theatre Mission, Overview and Programming

Park Square opened in 1975 and has grown to become the largest mid-sized theatre in Minnesota. The work on our two stages (350-seat proscenium; 200-seat thrust) attracts this market’s third largest subscriber base as well as a school audience of 30,000 teens (representing 1 in every 15 Minnesota 7th-12th grade students). In 2020, Steppingstone Theatre for Youth entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Park Square, which will lead to a new, merged organization serving an audience of 100,000 and engaging audiences and participants from across generations.

Park Square and SteppingStone play a leading role as a local producer of new work by living writers including world premiere commissions and important second productions of work in development. We have grown into one of Minnesota’s top employers of local stage talent. We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We work with AEA (SPT6-10 and TYA), Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Twin Cities Musicians Union for traditional musicals.

Park Square Theatre: Statement of Justice and Equity

Park Square Theatre acknowledges that systems are at work that create inequities. We are committed to undoing these systems with urgency and accountability. We believe sustained impact requires authentic relationships and transformative work, and to this end we are deeply invested in inviting the diversity of our communities to influence and lead us. We recognize that this goal is difficult and requires ongoing action, education, and shifting of organizational culture, practices and policies. We are responsible for this work as community members with a public platform and are working to promote a sense of belonging in the art we present. We strive to include all and to discriminate against none. We invite you to dialogue with us in upholding this statement.

Process: Submit resume, including history as a working artist, and cover letter in PDF format to: Meghan McLaughlin at mclaughlin@parksquaretheatre.org. Questions or alternative submission needs may also be directed there.

PRODUCTION OVERHIRE

Park Square Theatre employs overhire staff on an as needed basis which varies throughout the year based on the needs of each production. All overhire positions may range in both required experiences and length of commitment.

Scenic Carpenters:*

Scenic Carpentry applicants fabricate, install, and strike scenery. Must be experienced with the following: safe operation of power tools; ability to read draftings; fabrication of wood and metal scenic elements; rigging; sewing; and welding a plus, but not required. Applicants will assist with the load-ins and load-outs.

Sound Board Operators:*

The sound Board operator uses the sound equipment to play back sound effects for a specific production. The sound board operation is responsible for knowing how to use each piece of sound equipment involved in the production. He/she must attend all technical rehearsals and performances. Prior experience with Q-Lab and Q-Lab programming a plus.

Run Crew/Backstage Crew:*

The Stage Crew is responsible for prepping onstage and backstage, teching, and running the show under the supervision of the Technical Director and Stage Manager. Stage Crew appears on stage, as necessary, to shift props/scenery and perform any other duties as assigned by the Technical Director or stage management. Attend backstage prep, all technical rehearsals, and performances. Complete pre-show and post show duties as assigned, including cleaning the stage and backstage, setting up and striking props and scenery, and scenery maintenance. Assist in shifting all props and scenery as assigned. Represent the theatre’s technical resources as required by the Production Manager for theatre programs including, but not limited to: additional performances, special events, and education programming.

Wardrobe Crew:*

Wardrobe Crew maintains the costumes, wigs and make-up designs through the run of a production which includes but is not limited to laundry, repairs and dry cleaning for each production. This position is responsible for overseeing daily notes, laundry, and the wig maintenance. Wardrobe will train production run crew dressers as needed, work with contract designers to inventory costumes, schedule dry cleaning pickups, check in and check out all costumes when sent to dry cleaning and keep a clean and orderly laundry room.

*To Apply: To apply to be added to the production overhire list, please submit a resume and cover letter to Meghan McLaughlin, Production Manager, at mclaughlin@parksquaretheatre.org or mail to C/O Production Manager, Park Square Theatre, 408 St. Peter Street, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55102

VOLUNTEER USHERS

If you’re someone who has a passion for theatre and enjoys working with people we have an opportunity for you, (yes you.). Our volunteer ushers help the rest of the front of house team ensure that all of our patrons have the best experience possible. We are looking to fill these positions with fun, friendly, customer-service oriented individuals. There are opportunities to work both evening and matinee performances for all of our productions. If you would like to donate a few hours of your time by joining our team of volunteer ushers and see some great live theatre, please contact Gillian Constable at usher@parksquaretheatre.org or 651-767-8496.

Learn more about volunteering at Park Square »

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