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Director, Technical Production

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 692861BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Theatrical Group Date posted Aug. 01, 2019

Job Summary:

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity. We raise the bar, then step over it, blazing trails through the production and distribution of world class entertainment around the globe. If you want to help tell compelling, enduring stories through movies, music or stage plays, then we want to hear from you.

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS (DTP) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global audience of more than 20 million people a year in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway productions around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, Aladdin, and Frozen. Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.

Disney Theatrical Productions also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live!, bringing beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide. In addition, DTP licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International, including The Lion King Experience, a unique holistic arts education program wherein accredited elementary and middle schools produce condensed, age-appropriate JR. and KIDS adaptations of The Lion King.

The Director of Technical Production reports to the SVP Production and is responsible for technical design and management of all physical assets for our current and upcoming productions both domestically and internationally and oversees all related technical personnel. The role provides technical expertise and leadership to other production teams, designers, theaters, and vendors and is ultimately in charge of the success and sustainability of DTG’s physical and technical aspects of our productions. Internally, the Director of Technical Production works closely with the Director of Production Operations, the Sr Production Supervisor, and the General Managers.


  • In early stages of development and strategic planning, work with SVP Production to analyze venues and production cost options for initial productions and roll out.
  • Hold designers accountable for meeting technical requirements, deadline and budgets in their work products. Work closely with directors during design development process. Accountable for design and technical aspects of the production to be achievable, on budget and on schedule.
  • Provide technical direction during bidding process and work closely with Director of Production Operations and General Manager to select best vendors for all physical/technical production elements.
  • Establish schedule and planning with Sr Production Supervisor to ensure that technical elements of production are built in a timely manner and fit into wider production schedule of any given productions, coordinate work of multiple departments (scenery, costumes, props, hair and makeup, wardrobe…) to ensure production is on time.
  • Responsible for shop build and coordinate between various departments during build. Leads the relationships with vendors during building process, including addressing and solving issues as design evolves, acting as key leader to trouble shoot various issues between departments involved in the process.
  • Coordinate with local union to understand collective agreements, request labor and manage schedule
  • Direct load in in theater, lead dry tech and work with director to build show cue by cue. Trouble shoot any issues that occur during load in and technical rehearsals.
  • Oversee regular maintenance needs for all productions, currently 21 worldwide, projected to be 38 by end of 2021. Understand the complexities of the systems and equipment in place in all theatres and territories and work with local safety regulations to ensure that maintenance is adhered to working in tandem with Sr production supervisor and general managers to plan and organize all necessary maintenance work
  • Determine technical staffing needs and participate in recruitments as well as crew replacements in partnership with General Managers and Heads of Departments
  • Oversee life cycle of worldwide inventory of physical assets; propose plan and implement recycling process and adjustments needed for assets to be used in different productions ensuring physical and financial optimization of all assets.
  • Lead complete process of any technical element replacement or upgrade
  • Oversee all technical elements of subsequent company roll out or transfer which will include overseeing $30 to $60 million dollars in capital spend

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience as a technical director, experience should include productions of considerable size and scope.
  • Be proficient in AutoCad and/or Vectorworks
  • Have relevant experience with working in a multitude of locations with different crews/local rules/engineering and safety protocols, including experience with various unions and collective bargaining agreements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7 or more years of experience

About Disney Theatrical Group:

The Disney Theatrical Group, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, producing and licensing live entertainment productions and events around the globe. Its nine Broadway titles, including the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Aladdin and this year’s Frozen, have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers worldwide. The division also delivers live shows through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live. Additionally, the division licenses full-length and junior and kids adapted titles for regional, school and community theatre productions.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Disney Theatrical Group.

Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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