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Technical Director Sought by Know Theatre of Cincinnati

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Technical Director
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Expires: 12/24/19

Job Dates
08/01/19 – 06/30/20
Pay – 577 per week
Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a 99 seat contemporary theatre company in its 22nd season, seeks a passionate, energized candidate to join its small, but mighty, team of full time employees as Technical Director.

This contract is for the upcoming season, but start date is somewhat flexible.

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

As one of only a handful of theatres around the country led by a designer, Know Theatre prides itself on the production values it can achieve on a limited budget.

Know produces 5-8 MainStage productions per season on a year round schedule, along with several smaller scale Second Stage productions and special events designated as “Irregular Programming.”

Know also produces the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, a 14 day festival with pop up venues throughout Know’s Historic Neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine.


The role of Technical Director is a full time position that requires flexible work hours depending on the needs of production schedule. At Know Theatre, the TD has responsibilities that extend beyond the scope of industry standard technical director positions.

These responsibilities can be broken down into several categories.

*Technical Direction – General
*Technical Direction – MainStage
*Technical Direction – Irregular Programming
*Technical Direction – Fringe
*Strategic/Season Planning
*Facilities + Equipment Maintenance

It is worth noting that at Know Theatre, the technical director also holds duties that would belong to a Master Carpenter at a larger organization.

*Specific Duties*

Duties under each of these categories include, but are not limited to, the following.

*Technical Direction – General*
-Maintains the scenic shop space and offsite storage space.
-Acts as a master carpenter on scenic builds.
-Maintains the physical assets of the production department, including lighting, sound, and video equipment, rigging supplies, seating, risers, and stock scenery and platforms.
-Ensures safety of scenery for actors, technicians, and audiences.
-Coordinates and takes responsibility for the execution of the preparation of the physical theatre space for performers and audiences.
-Assists in coordinating Underground bar set up for each MainStage show
-Annually assesses the contents of costume, furniture, and prop storage areas in order to balance space usage with future production needs.
-Coordinates hiring, scheduling, and training of technician overhire, including, but not limited to, carpenters, electricians, and painters as needed.
-Works with Artistic Director to set Production Budgets relating to scenery and props.
-Creates and executes material shop orders based on budget and designs.

*Technical Direction – MainStage*
-Communicates with Stage Manager and production team to ensure a clear understanding of final scenic product once designs are finalized.
-Maintains communication regarding any changes with scenic designs.
-Drafts construction drawings from design drawings.
-Works with designers on any modifications required to conform to the budget, time, and/or personnel limitations.
-Sets build schedules both off and on site.
-Coordinates with the resident stage manager to set onstage work schedules.
-Attends technical rehearsals to facilitate the integration of all technical elements with performers.
-Works with scenic artists to facilitate the completion of scenic build in a timely fashion.

*Technical Direction – Irregular Programming*
-Provides technical support as needed for second stage programming, special events, fundraising, and rental events.
-Assists in scheduling of irregular programming events based on technical capacity.

*Technical Direction – Fringe*
-Oversees load in, strike, and changeover of fringe venues.
Works with Irregular Production Manager to set load in and tech schedules
-Works with Irregular Production Manager to plan equipment distribution amongst venues
-Prepares drawings of venue spaces for with architectural features and determines seating and riser layouts.
-Coordinates technical support for food trucks and outdoor/offsite fringe related programming
-Serves as a primary technical contact during festival.
-Serves as standby venue tech in case of illness or emergency.
-Serves as technician for evening “bar series” events.

*Strategic/Season Planning*
-Assists in setting production calendar.
-Assists in assessing technical requirements of proposed shows during season selection.

*Facilities + Equipment Maintenance*
-Assists in troubleshooting lighting equipment.
-Primary contact for fire safety, building security, and structural and functional building issues.
-Ensures the theatre and safety equipment are maintained in accordance with laws, regulations, and codes.
-Coordinates facilities repair and maintenance, either by performing repairs to the extent possible, organizing staff to achieve repairs, or coordinating the hire of professionals.
-Acts as project supervisor for all major facility repairs and renovations.

*Additional Responsibilities*
-Answers phones during regular office hours when available.
-Participates in facilities cleanup as needed.


-This is a full time salaried position at $577 per week, paid bi-monthly ($30,000 annually).
-Health insurance coverage is available through Know Theatre’s group plan.
-Each full time Know Theatre employee is accorded 2 weeks of vacation per fiscal year. Vacation is scheduled as can be accommodated by KTC’s production schedule.


-Bachelor’s Degree in technical theatre, or equivalent professional experience.
-Proficiency with Vectorworks and/or Autocad
-Excellent technical skills, scenic construction techniques, rigging, and budget management.
-Working knowledge of sound and lighting equipment and consoles.
-Proficiency with standard office software
-Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal. –Ability to work independently or collaboratively with designers, directors and other staff.
-Experience in managing crews.
-Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
-Theatrical background and understanding of the theatrical process.
-Ability to multi-task and work with deadlines. Must have ability to plan projects and work independently.
-Ability to remain calm and productive in difficult situations, demonstrating good “people skills” and a sense of humor.
-Ability to work long hours, including weekends and evenings, as necessary during technical rehearsals.
-Ability to lift 50 lbs and handle extensive standing, walking, and step-climbing.
-High level of comfort on ladders
-Ability to drive a car and ~16’ truck
-Possession of a valid Driver’s license.
-Experience as a Technical Director or Associate Technical Director on productions of a comparable scope.

Know Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to have our work and the artists who make it reflect the diversity of our community and the world around us. Applicants from all backgrounds are both welcomed and encouraged to apply.

For questions or to apply, please send cover letter and resume with references to andrewh@knowtheatre.com.


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CFF19: Fringe Encores/Pick of the Fringe

CFF19_MirandaOur slate of award-winners is:

  • Audience Pick – THE VEGETABLES! by Old, Old, Old, Very Old Man Productions!
  • Fringe Next Pick – TALES FROM THE CUCKOO CLUB from Caldera Studios!
  • Artists’ Pick – MY GERIATRIC UTERUS from Aggressive Curl Pattern Productions!
  • Critics’ Pick – THIS HOUSE WILL NEVER LET US GO from Gideon Productions!
  • Producer’s Pick – DESCENT: A Murder Ballad from Hannah Gregory!
  • Full Frontal Pick – ZOINKS! from Queen City Flash!

And our slate of Encores, drawn from our available Pick of the Fringe Winners as well as our “Shows You Wished You’d Gotten To See” votes are as follows:

  • 1:30 PM – DESCENT: A Murder Ballad at Know Theatre
  • 2:45 PM – MY GERIATRIC UTERUS at Art Academy Room 103
  • 4:00 PM – ZOINKS! at Art Academy Room 563
  • 6:30 – THE VEGETABLES! at Know Theatre
  • 7:45 – 90 LIES AN HOUR at Know Theatre **PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE**
  • 9:00 – LET’S PRANK CALL EACH OTHER at Know Theatre

For individual tickets visit https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/events

For an Encore Pass visit https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/events and click on the Subscriptions tab.

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Cincy Fringe’s Encore Performances Present the Best of the Fest!

CFF_Orange logo text onlyCINCINNATI, June 13, 2019 – The 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in its last days! With 42 performances remaining over the final three days, there are still plenty of chances – but not a lot of time – to come get weird at Cincy Fringe, where our motto is “Kinda Weird – Like You.”

Primary Lineup performances continue on Thursday and Friday, in staggered start times from 6:30 to 9 pm. With almost all productions coming in under an hour, it’s easy to sample multiple shows in one evening! Many performances so far this festival have been sold out or very close to capacity (we’re approaching a record-breaking year for sold out performances!), so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance on our website or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669. The full lineup is available at cincyfringe.com.

On Saturday, June 15, we will present a day-long festival grand finale of Encore Performances. The Pick of the Fringe Awards will be announced on Friday night, beginning at approximately 10:30 pm; each of the six winning productions will present one final performance to close out the festival. This “Best of the Fest” lets audiences sample (or revisit) the most highly-lauded and noteworthy productions of 2019 Cincy Fringe.

Individual tickets for Encore Performances go on sale both in-person and online for $15/ticket on Friday night after the winners are announced, but until then, the only way for patrons to guarantee themselves a spot to see these award-winning productions is with the purchase of an Encore Pass. At $75, these passes offer a great value (six tickets for the price of five) and ensure the holder a seat in each Encore Performance. The performances begin at 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, and 9:00 pm.

After the winners of the Pick of the Fringe Awards are announced live in Friday night’s Bar Series programming at the Know Theatre, the lineup of Encore Performances will be shared with audiences through the Cincinnati Fringe Festival website, cincyfringe.com, as well as through our digital newsletter and all our social media channels.

For additional details on the 2019 Cincy Fringe, please visit

The 16th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Now through June 15, 2019
Individual performance and event times vary.
Visit https://www.cincyfringe.com for more information.

Fringe HQ (Know Theatre)
1120 Jackson Street 45202

Individual performance and event venues vary.
Visit https://www.cincyfringe.com for more information.

$15 single tickets
Multi-show pass options available.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.cincyfringe.com
or by calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW). 

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible. 

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign .

The  Ohio Arts Council  helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation , helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the  Greater Cincinnati Foundation , which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. 

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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Second Weekend Bigger and Fringier!

CF19_logoCINCINNATI, June 7 – The Cincinnati Fringe Festival roars into its second weekend! The performing arts festival that’s Kinda Weird, Like You features a jam-packed schedule of performances and events, with options for all ages and tastes.

Primary Lineup performances continue all weekend, with staggered start times from 2:30 to 9 pm. Each show is an hour or less, giving audiences plenty of choice in how they schedule their days at Fringe. And there’s so much to choose from, with 26 performances on Saturday alone! Productions run the gamut from solo storytelling to dance pieces to conventional plays (although “conventional” is a relative word at Fringe).

Many performances so far this festival have been sold-out or very close to capacity, so patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at cincyfringe.com or by calling the box office at 513-300-5669; the box office is open from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Fringe is all about doing more, so the Fringe doesn’t stop when the Primary Lineup does! There are several options for younger audiences in the Family Friendly Fringe selection. This weekend, they include Storytime with Sparkle, in which one of Cincinnati’s most popular child-friendly drag clowns will read picture books about diversity and acceptance, Show Up, Kids!, a one-man improvised show that incorporates suggestions from young audience members to craft its narrative, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Madcap Puppets. Showtimes are at 11 am and 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets may be reserved for free at cincyfringe.com.

We’d never forget to mention our late-night lineup of irreverent, unpredictable, but always entertaining Bar Series programming. Every night, we hear from Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News for all the news that’s fit to Fringe, and then launch into special events! This weekend, Friday night is Fringe-oke (that’s karaoke with a Fringy twist!), Saturday night is Fringe Prom: Sweet 16, and Sunday night we honor the artistic community with Everyone’s an Artist Night, where artist discounts at the bar are extended to all patrons.

After all of that, we’re dark on Monday (because Fringe staff will all need the chance to sit in a dim room with a cool beverage for a moment) but then we’ll be back on Tuesday for Fringe’s final week!

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CFF19: My Fringe Show Rankings

Updated 6/14/19 11:15am

Picks of the Fringe
As a “critic” I get to nominate productions as my choice for the Critic’s Pick of the Fringe. Below, in alphabetical order, are the shows IMHO currently in the running for nomination.

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Paul Strickland. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

Paul Strickland returns with the fourth part of his Trailer Park Trilogy (and no, you don’t need to have seen the previous shows to enjoy this one.) 90 LIES AN HOUR features three new tales written and performed by this talented storyteller which are full of wit, wonderful word play and a bit of down home wisdom. The show is closed out with a song that expertly brings the show full circle.



Hannah Gregory as The Angel, Tess Talbot as Annie & Wes Carmen as Paul. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

DESCENT: A Murder Ballad
A simple story told incredibly well, punctuated by the haunting and soulful songs performed by Hannah Gregory, who is also responsible for the book and music. Caitlin McWethy’s nuanced direction elicits some wonderful performances from her small, talented cast lead by the wonderful Tess Talbot. The show flowed extremely well, and the small addition and removal of a black jacket made it easy to follow the story as it jumped between past and present.


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Jen Joplin. Photo by Dan Winters.

Local actress and “middle-aged mother” Jen Joplin unsurprisingly impresses in her one-person show, THE MILF ALSO RISES. Joplin builds an instant rapport with the audience, giving the show a “hanging with an old friend” vibe that is punctuated with a wry smile, a smart tongue, a bit of self-deprecating humor, and a few slugs of bourbon. The script is timely, smart and insightful without being a lecture.


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Rebecca Comtois as Joan, Kristen Vaughan as Iris & Playwright Mac Rogers as Griffin. Photo by Jeff Burkle.

Fringe favorite Gideon Productions returns this year with an unique take on a horror genre staple. Playwright Mac Rogers provides a smartly-written, character-driven script that plays to the strengths of the excellent cast. Together they easily pull the audience into the “House” as the tale builds to a shocking and satisfying conclusion.



Jordan Trovillion as Nolan Blackwell & playwright Trey Tatum as Casper. Photo by Paul Kerford Wilson.

Part homage and part satire, ZOINKS is a modern take on the teenage mystery solver (and their trusted canine companion). The staging is incredibly creative and engaging thanks to the directing skills of Bridget Leak. So engaging in fact, that several audience members are asked to lend their voices to the story. Jordan Trovillion is excellent as Nolan Blackwell, the teenage sleuth who would rather confront monsters and mysteries than the realities of her home. Tatum also takes on the role of Casper, Nolan’s four-legged partner in crime-solving, a friend so true that you will make you miss your own pup. A truly remember-able Fringe experience.

My Fringe Show Rankings
While all shows cannot be a “pick,” there are plenty of strong and enjoyable productions to choose from for your fringe adventure. Below I am ranking the other shows I’ve attended to date, based on a number of criteria from the voices in my head. 🙂 Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal. Update 6/5. I’ve split out the solo performances into their own list.

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    Sarah Willis as Kay in KILL YOU WITH MY LOVE. Photo by Kyle Chaney.

    A solid ensemble brings this tale of a cursed love life to life on stage. As she packs to flee another possible tragedy, the classic rock records Kay plays summons the haunting memories of her late lovers.

    Local actor and playwright Sean P. Mette smartly fictionalizes the final years of Martha. Born in captivity, this Cincinnati Zoo resident was the last surviving passenger pigeon in existence. Does knowing you are the last of your kind bring any comfort?

Solo Performances

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