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Position Headcount  Position Title Avg Hours/Week  Projected Start Date  Proposed Hourly Pay Status
10 Assistant Stage Technician Up to 19 Hours 9/1/17 $12/hr Accepting Applications
Job Description Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Stage and Rigging Lead, Master Electrician, or Audio Video Engineer or other professional Stage Technicians, Assistant Stage Technician will help fulfill artist hospitality commitments, provide technical support for production related tasks, monitor the condition of equipment, and perform basic maintenance in the Musco Center for the Arts. This is a student employee classification in the Stage Technician series.

Musco Center produces a variety of programming and has a diverse group of users – the successful candidate will navigate the season with impeccable, client-oriented service; a safety-first approach to stage operations; and a desire to foster a collaborative, respectful work environment.


Provide support for production related tasks

  • Work under the direct supervision of the Production Manager, Technical Supervisor, Master Electrician, or Audio Video Engineer to assist in the safe operation and maintenance of theater sound, lighting, stage setup, rigging, and related equipment and systems used in support of stage productions.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to lighting hang and focus, audio/visual system setup, and load-in/load-out of stage productions.
  • Review and understand designs, floor plans, and elevations for each project. Utilize ideas and experience with theater processes and equipment to increase productivity.
  • Work with and collaborate with other technicians to implement theatrical needs for various events, including stage electrics, light boards, dimmers, sound reinforcement systems, rigging, drapery, flats, risers, and standard event set-up, through use of appropriate theater techniques.
  • Utilize proper safety practices and procedures.

Monitor the condition of equipment and perform basic to somewhat complex maintenance

  • Troubleshoot tool and equipment concerns, do basic repair as needed, and use shop tools in a safe working condition.
  • Evaluate equipment needs and notify supervisor of need to repair or replace equipment.
  • Clean and organize theatres, support facilities, storage areas, and equipment on a daily basis.
  • Insure that all facilities meet the standards set forth by Musco Center for the Arts.
Required Qualifications


Skills required:

  • Position must frequently stand, climb, kneel and carry/lift objects up to 50lbs.
  • Position works frequently in noisy, dusty environments and is exposed to moving machinery and equipment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the university.
  • Ability to remain calm and respond confidently and promptly to stressful situations.
  • Capacity to solve problems with diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to use creative thinking and sound judgment in dealing with a variety of personality types and situations.
  • Ability to follow and apply safety and work-related policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of pertinent regulations and codes relating to theater productions.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team based environment.
  • Ability to work independently and follow-through on assignments with minimal direction/instruction.
Desired Qualifications
  • One to three years’ experience in general stagecraft techniques.
  • Experience with tools and facilities for professional, educational, and theatrical productions.
  • Working knowledge of counterweight fly systems, stage lighting, electrics, and audio/visual systems.
  • Knowledge of basic principles and methods of stage management.
  • Working knowledge of standard theatrical equipment and terminology.
Special Instructions

Work schedule changes from project to project requiring flexibility to facilitate productions including nights, weekends, and occasionally, holidays.

Work location varies depending on Production Department work assignments.

Job Posting

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Musco Center/Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.