CATF’s Technical Direction Department consists of one Festival TD and three venue TD’s who are responsible for realizing the scenic designs in their assigned space. Technical Directors will work closely with Festival Management to set the budget for their venues and with the scene shop to schedule, manage, and participate (as able) in the construction of their productions. CATF’s designs are often realistic and in close proximity to audiences, so attention to detail is essential. Applicants must have knowledge of modern drafting techniques and multiple styles of set construction (carpentry, welding, etc). Experience or education in repertory design is an advantage, but not required if the applicant can clearly demonstrate the ability to think proactively about creative, efficient rep solutions. The festival’s dedication to incubating new work can mean script and design adjustments throughout the build and tech process. CATF values those who are able to collaborate toward practical and artistically-sound solutions in a time-sensitive environment. Flexibility and positivity are key.
Position is seasonal, from early May to early August (TD’s may work remotely until Mid May). All staff and interns are provided free air conditioned housing within walking distance of the theaters and workspaces (also air conditioned,) 1-2 meals per day during tech, and free use of University gym, pool, and laundry facilities.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and any portfolio images as PDFs to CATFJobs@gmail.com – Electronic submissions only please. CATF is committed to fostering a diverse workplace. People from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Please visit www.catf.org to learn more about us and our upcoming summer season.
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About Contemporary American Theater Festival
The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University is a LORT D summer festival and leading producer of contemporary plays, dedicated to telling diverse stories and developing new American theatre. The festival premieres or produces six plays per season in three venues in rotating rep. We are committed to supporting the unique needs of new work while fostering an environment of fun and company community. Located an hour from DC, CATF makes its home in one of America’s coolest small towns, Shepherdstown, WV.