The Players Theatre


The Players is currently hiring!

Technical Director

Salary range of $30,000-$35,000 annually plus benefit package.

The Technical Director has the daily responsibility for all technical operations of the theatre including lighting, sound, set design, set construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance of the theatre facility. The ideal candidate should have strong set building/construction skills; able to read and build from theatre schematics, strong leadership skills, be able to multi-task, and have impeccable time management skills.

The Technical Director (TD) works with a great deal of independence and exercises independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Because of the operating hours of most facilities, close supervision is not normally required nor expected. The TD must have the ability to maintain irregular and extended working hours; able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.

The TD may do any or all of the following:

    • Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including complete knowledge of and supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
    • Determines the necessary over hire supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates and within the theatre budget.
    • Designs, sets up, maintains, and operates lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects and assists guest designers with technical needs of the theatre and studio (including but not limited to the Holiday Review, Spring Showcase, Players Kid’s musical, Players Follies Showcases and all other outreach and Summer Camp shows.
    • Advises stage managers, lighting and sound designers, and set designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual shows, and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs.
    • Supervises and facilitates set and stage construction and stage management.
    • Assists in recruiting, training and the assignment of volunteers and/or paid technical staff for individual shows including all backstage crews.
    • Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; educates parties on the use of the technical facilities by the studio and others engaged by or renting the facility.
    • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
    • Assists with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
    • Attends all technical week rehearsals and production meetings in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of mounting a show and attends all staff meetings.
    • Makes recommendations to the Artistic Director and Managing Director regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.
    • Works closely with the theatre’s Scenic Artist, Production Manager and Artistic Director to create and maintain a production calendar.
    • Facilitates the rental of props and set pieces to other organizations to meet budgetary requirements.
    • Organize, clean, and maintain all backstage areas, prop loft at the theatre and scene shop on 10th Street.
    • Work closely with the theatre’s Artistic Director in creating budgets, as well as plans for upcoming productions, events and seasons.
    • Submit a monthly production report to the Managing Director.

Information About The Players Theatre

  • The Players, Inc. is Sarasota’s first and oldest performing arts organization. The current facility was completed in January of 1974, and seats four hundred ninety.
  • The TD may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, so he or she should have a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; projection systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

Over the course of 86 seasons, The Players has achieved a reputation for quality productions and for creating programming that entertains, educates, and enlightens. The Theatre has grown to serve a diverse audience with varied and year-round offerings.   These include the Broadway Theatre Series, SNAP (Something New at Players) Series, the Summer Sizzler Series, The Players New Play Festival, concerts in all of the lively arts, and a variety of community partnerships.  Additionally, the Backstage Theatre Series produces three contemporary plays performed in an intimate, “black box” venue.

Volunteer actors work side by side with professional creative teams made up of some of the area’s best directors, music directors, choreographers, set, lighting, and costume designers.  This creates an environment that challenges and encourages everyone involved to achieve ever higher artistic standards.

The Players maintains affordable ticket prices, from $12 to $30, ensuring that the transformative power of live theatre is available to as many members of the community as possible.

The Players art gallery, located in the theatre lobby, opened in 2009, and features the work of a different artist for the run of each Broadway Series show.   

The Players Performing Arts Studio opened in 1995 as the educational arm of The Players Theatre.  It is a respected performing arts studio, and a vital training ground for performers bound for The Players stage. The Studio offers classes for students age three and older, including the study of acting, singing and dance. The Performing Arts Studio also is home to two community outreach groups, The Players Kids and The Sarasota Silver Stars, a fifty-five and over performing troupe.

The theatre’s active Board of Directors installed the dual management style of a Managing Director and Artistic Director team in 2007.   Michelle Bianchi Pingel started as a volunteer in the Players office and moved into the management director slot with local Actor, Director and Playwright Jeffery Kin assuming the Artistic Director role that same year.

With a staff of  11 Full time employees, 6 Part time employees and over 700 volunteers, the Players strives to be the most professional community theatre in the country.

Players Theatre mission statement

The Players Theatre is dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high quality, volunteer driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.

In Summary:

Technical Director

The Players Theatre Technical Director must have the ability to analyze; plan, develop, schedule and provide the technical support  required for each event or performance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; design and construct sets; design lighting and sound systems appropriate to each performance and oversee stage crews and volunteers; perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment; maintain inventory of necessary supplies; assist in budget preparation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers , and others; maintain irregular and extended working hours; able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.   Key adjectives that help describe our ideal candidate would be: upbeat, organized, punctual, communicative, disciplined, enthusiastic, creative and team oriented.  Above all, the ability to work with varying skill sets, ranging from professional union workers to community volunteers is essential.

Salary range of $30,000-$35,000 annually plus benefit package.  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Closing date: September 25th

We always accept volunteers! You can complete an online volunteer form by clicking here.



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