For set-building generally, see Set and ADC workshop.

The Technical Director is responsible for co-ordinating all technical aspects of the production, up to and including running the get-in and get-out for the show. This will include liaising with the theatre to ensure that everything is being planned in accordance with the theatre's rules, and that all necessary paperwork and risk assessments are completed. It is conventional in the ADC for the lighting designer to take responsibility for lighting rather than the TD, but the TD still needs to coordinate with them to avoid conflict.

Initially, the Technical Director will need to work closely with all of the designers to ensure an accurate stage plan that meets everyone's requirements is available for all people to work from. They will also need to check with the Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager that nothing unexpected is happening in rehearsals. Any special effects or non-standard use of the stage area will need to be carefully thought through and risk assessed in conjunction with the Stage Managers, Director and relevant cast members. If necessary, a separate Special Effects Designer can be appointed.

The Technical Director should ensure that the set build and paint is happening in good time, a job which might be done by themselves, delegated to a Head Carpenter and/or Scenic Artist, or even done by the Set Designer. Arrangements for transporting the set and any other technical effects to the theatre ready for the get-in also need to be made.

A get-in schedule should be agreed with the various departments (lighting, set, sound) so that everyone knows when they will be able to work on stage during the get-in, and also with stage management (so that cast can be called for technical and dress rehearsals at the correct time). The Technical Director should co-ordinate the get-in itself, and ensure that the get-in does not fall behind schedule.

Finally, after the show has finished, the Technical Director is responsible for co-ordinating the get-out, ensuring that the theatre is returned to its original state and all of the company's property is removed.

Useful resources[edit]

Other pages on this wiki: ADC Stock, SketchUp

CUADC guide to TDing

ADC technical information

Cambridge Technical Theatre Collective Resource

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Technical Director Vacancies

CORE PROD TEAM applications open for OEDIPUS TYRANNUS (Easter Week 4, ADC Main)
Oedipus Tyrannus
19:45, Tue 21st – Sat 25th May 2024 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 4

'Oedipus Tyrannus' is looking for an enthusiastic and supportive core prod team to help make this show magical! We are currently seeking: Producer , Assistant Producer , Technical Director , Associate Director , Welfare Rep(s), Publicist , Set Designer , Costume Designer !! Deadlines on 29th Feb and 4th March (see full info).

Contact, before 4th Mar 2024 23:59 for more details.

19:45, Tue 30th April – Sat 4th May 2024 Venue to be confirmed
Easter Week 1

Technical Director  Assistant Director(s)  Assistant Producer  Welfare rep(s) Publicist  Set Designer  Costume Designer  Composer  Movement Director 

Contact before 27th Feb 2024 23:59 for more details.

Ctrl+Alt+Deceit! @ Edinburgh FringeCUMTS
18:15, Mon 12th – Sat 24th August 2024 at theSpace @ Niddry Street (Upper)
Summer Vacation

We are looking create a brilliant production team for this year's CUMTS musical at Edinburgh Fringe Festival! We have a wide range of roles we're looking to fill so something for everyone! We're currently seeking: Producer , Assistant Director , Choreographer , Technical director , Vocal director , Band director , Marketing/publicity design, Set design, Costume design, Welfare officer, Photographer /videographer

Contact cg844 and acg77 before 12th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.

The Pirates of Penzance at the MinackCUGSS
19:00, Wed 18th – Sat 21st September 2024 at The Minack Theatre
Summer Vacation

Attention opera and theatre lovers, the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society are looking for a technical team (Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , 2x Sound Designer , Lighting Designer , CLX , Technical Director , Set Designer , Pyrotechnician, Costume Designer ) to take on our large-scale production of the infamous Pirates of Penzance at the Minack theatre in Cornwall in September 2024.

Contact before 4th Mar 2024 22:00 for more details.