Lighting Technician and Board Operator
The Lighting Technician and Board Operator is the primary support for the Lighting department, and facilitates the smooth operation of lighting equipment for the run of Stages performances and events.
Stages makes plays and tells stories that invite everyone to live more deeply and love more boldly. We hold up a mirror to our community in order to crack open the question, “What does it mean to be human?”
We produce a broad scope of plays and musicals ranging from jukebox musicals and family entertainment to world premieres of new works by emerging writers.
Stages was founded in 1978 and has grown to become Houston’s sixth largest nonprofit performing arts producer and the largest outside the downtown theater district. We perform year-round with an average of 12 productions and 65,000+ visitors each season. In January 2020, we opened our new $35.4 million three-theater home, The Gordy.
We’re a welcoming, collaborative culture that encourages each staff member to take initiative, share ideas and help shape the organization.
We’re a welcoming, collaborative culture that encourages each staff member to take initiative, share ideas and help shape the organization. Working at Stages hits the sweet spot between struggling startup and corporate behemoth.
You’re a technician and a collaborator who enjoys working with artists. You’re highly attuned to details and deadlines. The implementation of theater technology with art excites you. You enjoy fixing things, and keeping them working. You have a natural understanding of electrical systems, and the physics of light.
What you’ll do at Stages
Work with Lighting Designers during technical rehearsals, and previews as needed, specifically operating ETC ION Xe/XE20 Consoles
Operate the lighting consoles and show control for the run of stages shows and events
Under the supervision of the Master Electrician, work with overhire and mentees during the hang, circuit and focus of each lighting plot
Under the supervision of the M.E., install lighting practicals
Prepare for technical rehearsals; load-in tech tables, power systems, and task lighting
Maintain lighting designs throughout production runs, per production reports
Together with the Master Electrician, strike and restore lighting equipment following the close of every production
Maintain a safe work environment and follow safe work practices
Keep tools and work areas in a clean and orderly manner
Observe and comply with all company safety policies
Other Duties as assigned
To excel in this job, you’ll need
Some College, Vocational, Technical school training, or comparable working experience
Experience with programming ETC EOS Family Console Software
Experience with Vectorworks and Lightwright 6 Software
Experience with electricity, soldering and circuitry
Basic carpentry experience
Ability to work independently
Able to read and understand standard Lighting Design documents including lighting plots, Lighting Sections, channel hookups, instrument schedules, color swatches and gobo specifications.
Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds routinely, 80 pounds frequently and 100 pounds occasionally; climb and maintain balance on ladders and scaffolding
Valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate motor vehicles
Ability to work in diverse environmental conditions
Ability to safely manage work in various situations including; uneven surfaces, floor openings, heights, construction debris and poor lighting
Must be punctual and dependable
Experience in technical production processes.
Positive, collaborative approach to daily activities
Availability for evening and weekend work, as needed. Will be assigned to operate technical rehearsals and performances as required by the company and production’s needs
It would also be great to have
Scenery construction experience
Experience with AutoCAD software
Qlab programming experience
This is important
Stages is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe creative environment for staff, artists and our community. We know that through discussion and expression we can continue to promote change in a positive direction. We believe that diversity on and off stage is important. We are committed to bridging cultural gaps and creating an environment of inclusion and equity for all. It is our intent to provide equal opportunities to all who may apply. We welcome every race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic makeup, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status and thinking style.
Our hiring process
First, send us some information about yourself—please include an introduction to help us understand who you are and why you’re right for this position (eg: cover letter, email, personal statement, video) as well as anything you think might be helpful to understand your background, experience, and skills. This could include a resume, event materials, writing or other work samples, personal website, LinkedIn profile, etc.
800 Rosine St.
Houston, Texas 77019
If we think you might be a good fit, we’ll contact you to schedule an introductory interview with members of our Operations team. This conversation will help us learn about you, share more about the job and Stages, and answer your initial questions. From there, we may also invite you to talk with other staff members from positions across the organization so that you have an opportunity to explore Stages’ culture and work environment, and we can get a sense of what you’ll bring to the team.