Changing the way stage technicians are employed
Don E. Driscoll
I’ve been privileged to work as a theatrical technician in Austin for the past 16 years. In that time I’ve discovered a workforce proud of their craft and ready for new challenges. I have worked in a variety of theaters and venues that showcase Austin’s best entertainment and trade. I have been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 205 since 1998, and I’ve served on the Executive Board as both the Vice President and as the Business Agent for the Local 205. In so doing, I’ve learned a great deal about the importance of the collective. I’ve also learned a great deal about the importance of communication between clients and employees. With these relationships and experiences, I started The Stage Alliance with the intention of becoming the best stage labor provider in Austin.
This goal is made more challenging due to my visual impairment. From a young age, I have had to deal with Macular Degeneration, an impairment of the central part of the eye. This situation has made me work even harder to realize how to best incorporate my talents. In 2008 I received my bachelor.s degree in Organizational Communications from St. Edwards University, which has been invaluable. It is my dedication to both the worker and the client that serve as the foundation for making this company a success.
manager of operations
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We employ talented technicians with years of experience in stagecraft, IND installation, trade show and exhibition work, outdoor stage production and corporate conference audio/video production. We utilize a variety of skilled labor including carpenters, electricians, lighting and audio console operators, riggers, licensed lift operators, wardrobe dressers, video projectionists, camera operators, truck loaders, prop artists, scenic painters, welders and general stagehands. Each of our technicians is an employee of The Stage Alliance. We feel this is an important distinction in a Right-to-Work environment. For example, we provide Health Contributions & Workers Compensation. By doing so, we believe we are creating an environment where the quality of life is better for the working stagehand and the quality of the work is better for our clients.
The Stage Alliance is committed to providing our clients with the most professional and safest technicians. We show our commitment to quality by offering training and continuing education opportunities in stagecraft. Our technicians take pride in their work and have a genuine love of the arts. We feel it is this aspiration that makes our group of technicians the best stage crew in Austin.