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Technical Supervisor - Mark Morris Dance Center - Freelance 

About the Organization The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received 'highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.' (Bloomberg News). Founded in 1980, the Dance Group performs the repertory of choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the 'the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical' (The New York Times), whose work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world. In addition to 17 full-time dancers, the organization currently employs 34 full-time staff and 75 part-time staff, teaching artists, and musicians.

In the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Center, founded in 2001, is the hub of dance and music education in Brooklyn. The nine-studio building provides affordable classes in multiple genres for people of all ages, levels, with and without disabilities, accompanied by live music. The studios, a performance space, a Wellness Center, and ancillary spaces are all available to the community and to nonprofit organizations at subsidized rates. MMDG's Community Education Programs partner with public and private schools and community centers to provide customized classes. MMDG also offers customized dance workshops for persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

MMDG programs in NYC and worldwide engage nearly 100,000 people annually. Propelled by core values of community, access, excellence, and creativity, MMDG is committed to ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work to ensure its programs are welcoming and accessible to all.
 
Category Operations  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Description

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

The Mark Morris Dance Group is seeking a Technical Supervisor to oversee technical production for the James and Martha Duffy Performance Space. The Duffy Performance Space is a 3,400 square foot unobstructed dance studio that can be converted into a 4-wing black box theater and includes audience risers with a maximum of 166 seats, located at the Mark Morris Dance Center in the thriving Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Typical productions in the space include dance performances, musical events, fundraisers for local non-profits, annual conferences, community forums, student performances, and community showings, with the majority being rentals or annual performances for community programs. This position will have the opportunity to work with the company’s production team when there are MMDG performances at the Dance Center.  

Qualified candidates must have an extensive background and relevant expertise in theatrical lighting/electrics as well as some experience in audio engineering. Successful candidates will also be safety conscious, detail-oriented, and organized.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

  • Manage technical production of the James and Martha Duffy Performance Space; supervise load-ins, rehearsal set-ups, technical work, performances, load outs, and restores
  • Train and supervise freelance technical production crew
  • Ensure renter/producer compliance with all pertinent laws, rules, regulations (fire, ADA, etc.) during technical production activities
  • Promote a collaborative, inclusive, and respectful working environment
 
Position Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of theater-technical production; minimum two years of professional experience as a theater technician
  • Knowledgeable regarding principals and concepts of lighting design; experience executing lighting plots required, drafting experience preferred
  • Ability to interpret technical paperwork like light plots, hook-ups, sound diagrams and input lists
  • Ability to make calculations for power distribution and load balancing
  • Hands-on experience with scenic, electrical and audio installations as well as rigging
  • Proficiency in the safe use of ladders and scaffolding
  • General experience with audio equipment and projection; knowledge of wiring and cabling of PA systems
  • Experience scheduling, managing and teaching technical crew
  • Solid time management skills with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects; ability to make production related decisions on the fly

 

The following training will be required upon hire:

  • Dance Center Floor Warden and Fire Guard Safety Training
  • FDNY Certificate of Fitness F03 (Place of assembly emergency personnel) + recertification (required every 3 years)
  • FDNY Certificate of Fitness C15 (Supervision of Flame Retardant Treatment)

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, hold, and/or carry objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb stairs, kneel, and crouch.
  • Able to work on top of a scaffold.

 

COMPENSATION & SCHEDULE:

  • $35/hour
  • Majority of work is project and event-based and therefore hours can vary from week to week. Production weeks tend to require 20-30 hours of work per week. Most months, there are 2 work weeks per month. Additional advance work may be available for non-production weeks.
  • Must be able to commit to production, load-in and load-out dates upon hire.

 

APPLICATIONS:

  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • You will be asked to submit the following as part of your online application:
    • 1-page Cover Letter addressed to Elise Gaugert, Director of Events and Venue Operations  
    • Complete résumé highlighting relevant experience.
    • The cover letter should include answers to each of the following questions:
      • Why are you interested in working at the Mark Morris Dance Center?
      • The Production Manager must have strong organization and time management skills. How have you exhibited these skills in previous positions?
      • MMDG is a values-driven organization; please review our core values of Community, Excellence, Creativity, and Access and discuss an instances in your professional career where you have demonstrated at least one of them.

 

DEADLINE:

  • The position is open until filled. Immediate start date.
  • Please note that some candidate interviews may be conducted by video using the Zoom (https://zoom.us/) video communications application. Please download the application in advance and have a functioning camera and speaker on your device. MMDG can also provide candidates with reasonable accommodations, if needed.
 
 
EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status. It is the policy of MMDG to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). MMDG does not discriminate against any qualified employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. MMDG makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.  

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