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Job title: Technical Manager Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Reports To: Director of Cannon Center

Department: Cannon Center for Performing Arts

Supervises:  Part time and Temporary staff as required

FLSA Status: Full-Time Salaried; Exempt

Position Summary:  

The Technical Manager has the daily responsibility for the technical operations of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts Center (theater), including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance. 

The Technical Manager (TM) works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties.

Essential Functions:  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theater, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
  • Designs, sets up, maintains, and operates lighting and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and arts with technical matters.
  • Advises production managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs. 
  • Supervises and assists with set and stage construction and management.
  • Assists in recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows.
  • Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assists with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
  • Attends technical week rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting the show.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director and General Manager regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.

The TM may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, he or she benefits from a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theater, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises lighting and sounds crews that may be used for certain events.  Coordinates with other departments, including events, sales & marketing, operations, housekeeping and guest services. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with MMG’s policies and applicable laws.


  • Education: 
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Technical Theatre, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience:
    • working knowledge of construction and set design
    • working knowledge of lighting design
    • working knowledge of stage rigging (ETCP Rigging Certified preferred)
    • working knowledge of audio and sound reinforcement
    • working knowledge of stage management/or production management
    • working knowledge and clear understanding of professional standards of stage safety
  • Skills:
  • Excellent organizational, planning and interpersonal skills
  • Good written and verbal skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and communication skills
  • Professional presentation, appearance and work ethic.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of computers and basic computer programs.
  • Licenses or Certificates:
    • Possession of, or ability to obtain an Entertainment Technician Certification Program Certificate (ETCP)
    • Possession of, or ability to obtain a current CPR certificate
    • Possession of, or ability to obtain a Tennessee Driver’s License

Special Knowledge & Abilities

The position requires an ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances; plan, develop, schedule and provide the technical support required for each event or performance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; design and construct sets; design lighting and sound systems appropriate to each performance or oversee stage crews and volunteers; perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment; maintain inventory of necessary supplies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers , and others; maintain irregular and extended working hours.

  • Knowledge Of:
    • Thorough understanding of all aspects involved in technical theater, including construction, lighting equipment, rigging and sound.
    • Knowledge of theater safety
    • Terminology used in theater and entertainment settings.
    • Must have computer skills in Microsoft office applications and word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, and internet software.
  • Ability To:
    • Prepare and present quotations to customers using company pricing and delivery guidelines
    • To use sound business judgment to enhance margins.
    • Plan, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinates
    • Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others
    • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Work under high pressure in meeting urgent deadlines
    • Recognize, analyze and resolve challenges
    • Establish and maintain a cooperative and effective working relationship with staff, facility stakeholders and facility users
    • Communicate clearly and concisely in the English language, both orally and in writing
    • Work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays, and extended numbers of days

Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.
  • Noise level in the work environment can be quite high during certain times.
  • The employee is often required to sit and stand, use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

To apply, please email a resume to Faith Robinson at [email protected]

MMG is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, we will consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age (40+), disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under local, state, or federal law.

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