Classification: Digital Equipment Services Specialist (4978) Working Title: Master Lighting Technician/Assistant Technical Coordinator
This is a 100% time position that is primarily responsible for stage management of over one hundred events annually in the Ted Mann Concert Hall and School of Music at the University of Minnesota. This position is also responsible for overseeing the Ted Mann professional theatrical lighting systems and serves as the resident lighting designer and orchestrator for designated events. This position collaborates with faculty, staff, students, external clients, and outside professionals to provide the best services possible for productions in the concert hall or other School of Music venues. This position recommends and oversees the purchase and installation of professional theatre lighting systems to maintain and improve the light plot.
Duties: This is a 100% time year-round position with a variable schedule to include evening and weekend hours and occasional overtime. The schedule is to be arranged in consultation with the supervisor.
Stage Management (35%) • Stage Manage designated events in the Ted Mann Concert Hall and auxiliary spaces. • Supervise up to ten stage crew members, enforcing safe operational procedures, and oversee all operational logistics before, during and after events. Supervise and facilitate renters in their production needs for their events through effective and technical communication. Gather and disseminate production information. Advise clients, other staff, and stage crew on relevant changes. • Arrange and facilitate the security and placement of concert hall equipment (e.g., towers, pianos, curtains) and stage properties. Store and maintain properties and equipment. • Oversee the operation of light board, follow spots, fly system, stage lifts and any other resident equipment during set up, strike and events. Prepare to step in to substitute all crew positions as necessary. • Actively research industry standards, making routine and emergency repairs to properties and equipment. • Document event in show report communicating any staffing or equipment concerns or issues that should be addressed with other stage supervisory leads or supervisor. • Fill in stage/lighting and piano event billing information after each event. • Serve as a lead in emergency situations in hall. • Picking up and returning rented equipment.
Theatrical Lighting (25%) • Serve as primary stage electrician for the concert venue. • Serve as resident lighting designer for events as necessary. • Maintain and make improvements to the lighting repertory plot and paperwork. • Facilitate and produce all light plot drafting and CAD needs for in-house and outside renters and know the limitations of current lighting equipment. • Maintain lighting equipment and inventory of expendable items, doing repairs as necessary as well as suggesting and/or purchasing replacements or parts. • Work with designers to implement their design, acquire additional equipment if necessary or build practicals
Technical Operations (25%) • Assist the Technical Coordinator with the technical operation of the Ted Mann Concert Hall for performances and other events (i.e., concerts, recitals, opera, lectures, seminars, rehearsals). • Participate in the general maintenance and organization of facilities. • Participate in the production meetings and event planning. • Produce necessary drawings of facility and stage setup for designated events. • Attend bi-weekly production staff meetings to review past events and anticipate needs or clarify information for upcoming events. • Inspect, repair, and track the condition of technical and acoustic equipment (stage lifts, fly system, acoustic towers, motors, theatrical lighting, clear-com, 2 way radios, platforming/risers, curtains, dance floor) in Ted Mann are working properly. Help maintain line set log book. • Complete a monthly walk-through in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Report and track building concerns with Facilities Management as well as completion of work orders. • Participate in building security and emergency training procedures. Maintain and monitor stand-alone security camera system and reviewing footage if need be; alerting supervisor or other appropriate University departments as necessary.
Shift Team Lead (15%) • Assist the Technical Coordinator with the hiring, training and supervision of the 4 – 10 member (student and non-student) stage crews and provide feedback for their work performance. • Direct crew in the safe and effective operation of all stage equipment and in the proper performance procedures. Suggest modifications or updates to safety policies and procedures. • Assist in identifying and scheduling non-student stage crew. • Help create and maintain standard operating procedure book
Completion of a two-year technical school with an emphasis in technical theatre. For each year of technical school, two years of experience in the regular and ongoing tasks may be substituted. Previous lighting design experience. Ability to climb and operate effectively on ladders, personal lifts and catwalks; ability to lift 50 pounds. Training in carpentry. Computer skills (MicroSoft Office, AutoSketch, Lightwright, VectorWorks or other related drafting program), proficiency with ETC Eos family consoles required. Must be able to work as part of a team and have good communication skills. Ability to work nights and weekends in accordance with production schedules.
BA degree in theater arts and four years of experience working with the technical aspects of a theatrical facility, including supervision preferred. At least six years of experience in all aspects of technical theatre including stage management, lighting, scenic, sound, costume, rigging, carpentry, video, and design. Extensive experience with theatrical lighting and lighting design; ability to maintain a repertory lighting plot, and perform electrical repair. Supervisory and training experience; strong interpersonal skills, the ability to remain calm under pressure, ability to problem solve quickly and collaborate effectively in a fast paced, educational environment, strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and be able to work with a diverse client base.
Internal Number: 333251
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