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The Technical Director's Toolkit

Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction

By Zachary Stribling, Richard Girtain

© 2016 – Focal Press

204 pages

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Paperback: 9780415747295
pub: 2015-12-15
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pub: 2015-12-15
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In the world of theatre, the technical director is responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient realization and implementation of scenery for the stage. The Technical Director’s Toolkit is the first book to address every nut and bolt of this multifaceted job, guiding you though the step-by-step processes of technical direction and the responsibilities of the TD in the mounting of a theatrical production. Leadership, management, relationship building, personal responsibility, and problem solving are addressed, showing you not only how to become a more efficient and effective TD, but also how to be a collaborative member of a production team that artists will seek to work with again and again. The book also addresses scene shop design, facility repair and maintenance, and finishes with a brief overview of other areas of technical theatre that help round out the far reaching skill set of a successful TD.


"Enjoy it and bookmark its pages prodigiously."

— William J. Byrnes, Southern Utah University

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 - Communication, Collaboration, and Flexibility: The Mores of Success


1.1 The Job: Never the Same Story Twice

1.2 Leadership Style: It’s the Relationship

1.3 Veritas: The Proof is in the Pudding

1.4 The Problem Solving Process: More than One Way to Skin a Flat

Chapter 2 - Design, Estimation, and Preconstruction Planning: Paving the Road to Realization


2.1 Design

2.2 Estimation

2.3 Preproduction

Chapter 3- Production: It’s Showtime!

3.1 Construction

3.2 Load In

3.3 Technical Rehearsals

3.4 The Run

3.5 Strike

3.6 Postproduction: The Afterglow

Chapter 4 – The Proper Care & Feeding of Your Facilities


4.1 Shop Design

4.2 Maintenance & Repair

4.3 Morale Maintenance

4.4 Health & Safety

Chapter 5 – Special Skills, Training, & Continuing Education

5.1 Leadership & Management Training

5.2 Structural Analysis

5.3 Rigging

5.4 Electricity & Electronics

5.5 Mechanical Engineering

5.6 Automation

5.7 Project Management

5.8 Drafting & Modeling

5.9 Understanding the Jobs of Others


About the Series

The Focal Press Toolkit Series

Regardless of your profession, whether you’re a Stage Manager or Stagehand, The Focal Press Toolkit Series has you covered. With all the insider secrets, paperwork, and day-to-day details that you could ever need for your chosen profession or specialty, these books provide you with a one-stop-shop to ensure a smooth production process.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft
PERFORMING ARTS / Business Aspects