Travis Hiner


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2018 - 2020Head of Stage & Automation
Rockets and Blue Lights / Wuthering Heights (2020) / Gypsy / Light Falls / Macbeth / There is a Light That Never Goes Out / MIF: Tao of Glass / Hobson's Choice / Wrestling the Walrus / West Side Story / Barber Shop Chronicles / Mother Courage and Her ChiRoyal Exchange Theatre
Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Education

    2012Master of Fine Art (Theatre Production and Design with emphasis in Technical Direction)San Francisco State University
    2009BA (History of Art and Visual Culture and Theater Arts)University of California, Santa Cruz


    I can operate:
    EAE Artea Automation Console, Stage Technologies Automation Console

    Additional Skills

    My specialties include but are not limited to: running autmated rigging, carpentry, welding, technical management, drafting (by hand and CAD), driving (stake-bed and box trucks), Set models, Photoshop and photo editing,Microsoft Office, film editing, and basic computer construction.

    Additional Information

    "Travis Hiner worked in the Drama Department at Contra Costa College as Theatre Stage Specialist. He worked under my supervision and I must say working with Travis was a delight.

    He is very knowledgeable in theatre design as well as very savvy with computers programs, film production, and photography.

    Travis was a good match in our department, always attending meetings and going beyond the expectations in all projects. He has a great personality; he's charismatic and easy to get along with.

    As the Chair of the Drama Department, I was very happy and always thankful that Travis was working with us because his ideas were always innovated and challenging." February 14, 2018

    Carlos-Manuel Chavarría, Playwright, Contra Costa College

    "It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Travis Hiner. I have known Travis since January 2016, when he began working as the Theatre Staging Specialist (TSS) at Contra Costa College in Richmond, California. As dean of the Liberal Arts Division, I supervised Travis in this position.

    From the moment he was hired, Travis began establishing himself as a creative and innovative member of the Contra Costa College community. He took over the TSS position from someone who had retired after holding the job for over thirty years. While the previous TSS was highly skilled and experienced, Travis was able to immediately invigorate the CCC Drama Department, bringing a fresh perspective and innovative approach to theatrical productions. Soon after beginning his work at CCC, for example, he oversaw the installation of a large state-of-the-art screen, instantly expanding the technical possibilities for Drama Department productions. And while Travis greatly increased the use of technology in our theater space, he also brought an old-fashioned, problem-solving technical director sensibility to our productions: Suddenly, our sets and other design elements reflected a level of skill and craftsmanship that had been missing in earlier years.

    I have also been impressed by Travis’s collegiality and professionalism. Here at CCC, we are faced with chronic budget challenges. Despite this, Travis always works with directors and faculty members to ensure that their shows and classes are as well-produced as possible. He seeks out creative solutions for design challenges, and remains patient and considerate when dealing with unexpected challenges.

    I am very sorry to see Travis go, but I have no doubt that he will find success in his future endeavors. I give him my highest recommendation." December 3, 2017

    Jason Berner, Dean of Liberal Arts, Contra Costa College

    "Travis is a skilled and personable Technical Director. He completed his duties with diligence and an excellent attitude. We recommend his work." May 29, 2012

    Lesley Schisgall Currier, Managing Director, Marin Shakespeare Company

    "I worked with Travis for two seasons at MSC. I was employed as an actor and as a carpenter on the build. Travis is a great boss. Always prepared, detail oriented and easy going. Travis made the workplace professional but also fun. He is always aware and concerned with speed, cost, and efficiency but never at the expense of safety. I would work for him again anytime, anywhere." May 26, 2012

    Scott Coopwood, Actor/Director, Independant Contractor

    "Travis is a kind and helpful. He’s a responsible, efficient and always available. I worked with Travis in the Stardust Theatre of the Norwegian Spirit and was always a pleasure to meet him and work with him. In a show of great illusions is really important the backstage tech. before, during and after the show and Travis was my right arm in the preparation of the show. The success on the stage is always to share with people who work well with you and Travis is without doubt one of the best I’ve ever met."

    Nicola Maurantonio Guest Entertainer presso Norwegian Cruise Line

    "Travis is a very kind, efficient, and hard working man. I had the pleasure of working with him on San Francisco State’s The Barber of Saville, and he was an absolute delight."

    Shawna Eiermann Experienced Events Coordinator and Company Liaison.


    Jason Berner

    Dean of Liberal Art

    Contra Costa College

    +1 510•215•4131 **contact removed**

    Carlos-Manuel Chavarría


    Contra Costa College

    +1 510•215•4136 **contact removed**

    John Wilson

    Scenic Designer

    San Francisco State University

    +1 415•338•2994 **contact removed**

    Kim Schwartz

    Technical Director

    San Francisco State University

    +1 415•338•7895 **contact removed**

    Becca Van De Vanter

    Lighting Electrician

    University of California at Santa Cruz

    +1 650•906•3322 **contact removed**

    Scott Coopwood

    Actor / Carpenter

    Marin Shakespeare

    +1 503•975•9085 **contact removed**

    Lesley Currier

    Managing Director

    Marin Shakespeare

    +1 415•499•4485 **contact removed**

    Joe Weiss

    Technical Director

    University of California at Santa Cruz

    +1 831•459•4096 **contact removed**

    Industry Awards

    San Francisco State University-

    MFA Theatre Arts (Production/ Design) with emphasis in Technical Direction

    University of California, Santa Cruz-

    BA History of Art and Visual Culture and Theater Arts (cum lade)

    About me

    Statement of Purpose:

    Theatre, as an art form, is best produced as a collaborative effort. It is through the symbiosis of collective travels and experiences that brings a sense of authenticity and relatability to story. Although one person may draw upon their experience to create a narrative, it is through collaboration of process and design that molds that singular moment into a group catharsis. It is my belief that all our lives can be used to build upon to create a reality onstage; both in the sense of a creative piece, and in the tangible sense of the physical set. Although a technical director creates the technical design and construction schedule, much as the author creates text; other aspects of the scenographic elements should be open to the influences of the team.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Circus
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    Work Permits
    • EU
    • USA
    Interested in
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Circus
    • Comedy
    • Community
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Exhibitions
    • Experimental
    • Festival
    • Fringe
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Outdoor Events
    • Revue
    • Shakespeare
    • Showcase
    • Tragedy
    Industry Training
    • First Aid (Any)