Musco Stage Technician (Part-time), Temporary Assignment

Chapman University - Orange, CA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $53,000 - $66,000 a year
The Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center is designed with the latest advancements in entertainment technology and ample space for developing innovative artistic endeavors. With grand opening in 2016, the Musco Center for the Arts is poised to host a broad spectrum of performances by students and faculty from the esteemed Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Departments of Theatre and Dance and regional and national touring ensembles.

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.

The IATSE Local 504 has been certified as the sole bargaining representative for this position. Employment will be subject to any collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the parties.

The tasks and duties associated with the Stage Technician position will vary based on the candidate’s experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Stage Technicians work independently with designers, faculty, staff, and students to assist in the safe operation and maintenance of theater sound, lighting, audio, stage setup, counterweight fly system, rigging, and related equipment and systems used in support of stage productions.

Under the supervision of the Stage and Rigging Lead, Master Electrician, or Audio Video Engineer, Stage Technicians will:
  • Lead and assist in the lighting hang and focus, audio/visual system setup, scenic element rigging, and load-in/load-out of productions.
  • Program sound equipment, lighting equipment, and other technical systems in advance of performances and productions.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve routine to somewhat complex problems with production equipment, in support of project goals.
  • Mix front of house or stage monitor multi-channel audio consoles or program complex lighting cues in computerized lighting consoles or safely direct and operate the weighting and unweighting of counterweight fly system.
  • Review and understand designs, floor plans, and elevations for each project. Utilize ideas and experience with theatre 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 systems, counterweight systems, rigging, drapery, flats, risers, and standard event set-up, through the use of appropriate theatre techniques.
  • Help provide guidance to student employees and crews.
  • Utilize proper safety practices and procedures.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
These positions are seasonal, temporary assignments at which the duration can be extended or shortened at the discretion of the university. The work schedule will change from project to project requiring flexibility to facilitate weeknight and/or weekend productions.

Required Qualifications
  • One to three (1-3) years of 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.
  • 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 and to work independently and follow-through on assignments with minimal direction/instruction.
Desired Qualifications
Desired – Current OSHA 10 certification and ETCP certification.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening.