Work With Us
Avant Bard Theatre seeks Technical Director(s) for a three-show mainstage season: a two-show Spring Repertory (Suddenly Last Summer/Ada and the Engine) plus a single show (Julius Caesar) in May/June. The Technical Director’s Fee is $3500 for Julius Caesar, and is negotiable for the Spring Rep.
To Apply: Send a resume, two references and up to three portfolio sample images to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Technical Director.” Please indicate show and/or season availability.
- Building the set in accordance with the Set Designer’s plan;
- Constructing the set in accordance with the build schedule as agreed upon with the Artistic and Executive Director;
- Hiring and supervising over-hire crew to help with set construction;
- Ensuring that construction elements stays within the budget (Section 3);
- Ensuring that over-hire crew does not exceed budget (Section 3).
- Creating a load-in schedule with the Artistic and Executive Director, Master Electrician and Scenic Artist;
- Coordinating transportation of scenic elements, props, additional lighting, etc. with the Master Electrician and Props Designer;
- Coordinating and supervising over-hire crew to assist with load-in;
- Supervising the Master Electrician, Sound Designer and over-hire’s use of Avant Bard’s equipment to maintain safety and operating condition of equipment;
- Coordinating completion of notes that might arise during technical rehearsals and previews;
- Ensuring that the scenic elements of the production meet the Arlington County Fire Code, do not block Emergency Exits from view, and do not endanger the safety of the performers and staff;
- Ensuring that the over-hire crew does not exceed budget (Section 3).
- Creating a strike schedule with the Artistic and Executive Director and Master Electrician;
- Coordinating and supervising over-hire crew to assist with strike;
- Coordinating return of scenic elements borrowed from other theatres and organizations;
- Ensuring completion of strike in accordance with strike schedule;
- Ensuring that over-hire crew does not exceed budget.
The Technical Director will have access to the build location at the Arlington County Scenic Studio located at Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206). All performances will take place in Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two (same address).
Avant Bard Spring Repertory
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Christopher Henley
Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Megan Behm
Build: Jan 14-Feb 17, 2020
Load In: Feb 18-Feb 21
Tech, dress and preview schedule: TBD
Performances: Mar 5-Apr 5
Strike: Apr 5 & 6
Directed by Joe Banno
Build: Apr 7-May 10, 2020
Load In: May 11-15
Tech Weekend (10 of 12): May 16 & 17
Dress Rehearsals: May 19 & 20
Previews: May 21-24
Opening: May 26
Regular Run: May 28-Jun 21
Strike: Jun 21 & 22
For our mainstage productions, Avant Bard hires a part-time House Management team to cover the run of the show.
House Manager duties include setup and maintenance of the house and front of house areas, managing ticket sales and will call, managing volunteer ushers, and providing excellent customer service for all Avant Bard patrons. Pay is $12/hour.
To apply, send a résumé to Quill Nebeker (email@example.com) with the subject line “HOUSE MANAGEMENT.” In the body of the email, include a couple of sentences about why you are interested in the position and your availability within the next performance run.
Avant Bard does not have any audition opportunities at this time. To be included in our casting files, email a headshot and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Play Submissions
Avant Bard considers script submissions on an annual basis. To submit a script for consideration, email a copy to email@example.com.
Every year, a reading committee convenes in preparation for the Scripts in Play Festival of staged readings. Scripts submitted to Avant Bard will be considered at this time. Though we can guarantee that every script will be considered, because of the variable production timeline of the Festival we cannot guarantee that every submission will receive a timely response.
Volunteer With Us
Avant Bard is a registered 501(c)(3) and can provide volunteer opportunities for students and anyone else looking to provide community service. We have a volunteer usher program on an as-needed basis for our mainstage productions and often have other needs as well. To find out more about how you can volunteer with Avant Bard, email Quill Nebeker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “VOLUNTEERING,” and share a little about yourself and what you’re hoping to do.
Interested in forming a community partnership with Avant Bard? For more about customized tie-in options such as production partnerships, round-table discussions, evening buyout fundraisers, in-school partnerships, and professional training programs, email Quill Nebeker (email@example.com).
We are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that celebrates individual differences and diversity–on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership–and treats everyone with fairness and respect. Avant Bard does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations. We strongly encourage candidates of color to apply.