Theatrical Lighting, Sound, and Video Lead (Performing Arts Technician II)
The Theatrical Lighting, Sound, and Video Lead will perform three vital functions for Theatre within the School of Theatre, Television, and Film. The first is to operate as the theatre’s Lighting Shop lead, responsible for all theatrical lighting equipment, dimming equipment, power distribution, special effects equipment, lighting accessories, cables, and supplies needed for all theatrical productions in the School of Theatre’s spaces. This includes upkeep and maintenance, budgeting, purchasing, inventory, and related tasks. Responsibilities also include the design and construction of special effects, microcomputer-controlled lighting effects, wireless and remote-controlled lighting equipment and props, and serving as inventory coordinator.
As the sound department lead, this position is in charge of all audio equipment, and computer-controlled audio used for theatrical productions. This includes upkeep and maintenance, budgeting, purchasing, inventory, and related tasks.
As the projection department lead, this position is in charge of all projection equipment, display devices, audio/video cabling, video accessories, and the computer control hardware/software involved in video display/media projections for all theatrical productions. This includes upkeep and maintenance, budgeting, purchasing, inventory, and related tasks. Also responsible for networking media servers for use in production.
In all three areas, the Theatrical Lighting, Sound, and Video Lead is partnered by a design faculty area head in each area and supported by dedicated Graduate Assistants (GA’s) working in the shop and on show assignments. This position also provides instructions, lead direction, and technical training of Graduate Assistants (GA’s), student designers, and technicians in the execution of their design assignments in the respected areas.
The Theatrical Lighting, Sound, and Video Lead also requires providing instructional support to lighting, sound, and projection/integrated media for theatre faculty as needed, attending production meetings, Design and Technology area meetings, student recruitment interviews, meeting with students about the execution of their designs and scheduled deadlines, and coordinating with the other shop staff (scenic, paints, props, costume) for scheduling install, testing, and technical rehearsal time for each department. Coordination with equipment for outside groups within the venues in conjunction with the production manager and technical director also required.
The Theatrical Lighting, Sound, and Video Lead is expected to maintain currency and be future-leading on technology for the School – continuing to advance their understanding of cutting-edge technology in lighting, audio, and video/integrated media and bringing this knowledge and experience to the student educational process; includes attending conferences, industry training, tradeshows, and other forms of professional growth.
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This is a full-time, benefits eligible, permanent (probationary). This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard work hours are vary based on operational needs.
Entry to the first level within this classification requires one to two years of experience working for a theater, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production. This background normally would be achieved through professional training or applicable college coursework and practical experience.