Lighting/Audio/Projections Director

Center Theatre Group

Los Angeles, CA

Center Theatre Group is one of the largest, most influential theatre companies in the country by
virtually every measure. Over the past 50 years, we have entertained millions of audience
members and produced some of the most important shows of our time, many of which have been
World premieres and have gone on to award-winning Broadway runs and beyond. At the
Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre, we produce and present the
broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country. Over the past decade, we have
commissioned 65 shows and produced 40 World premieres, making us one of the nation’s leading
producers of ambitious new works. And our robust education and community programs have long
embedded us in the rich culture of Los Angeles. Center Theatre Group strives to make Los Angeles
a theatre destination for audiences and artists from around the world—and to make a major
impact on the city.

The 180+ full- and part-time staff members who make all this possible are passionate about this
place and their work. Whether it’s pre-show gatherings and Staff Nights at our theatres, meet-and-
greets with cast and crew, or our annual holiday party, our staff is engaged with the art and one
another. Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity,
equity, and inclusion permeate all levels and all aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture
and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our
commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our
work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsibilities include acting as the Master Electrician for productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
(KDT) and being the point person for all things related to lighting, audio and projection equipment
for all of Center Theatre Group’s theatres.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

 Act as the Master Electrician for the Kirk Douglas Theatre:

a. Act as primary point of contact for all Lighting Designers and Assistant Lighting
Designers working at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
b. Budget designs based on preliminary plot and equipment lists and adjust/present
options to designers as needed.
c. Staff and supervise lighting load-outs and load-ins of KDT productions and outside
events.
d. Take active role as an electrician at the KDT or otherwise as needed during load in,
build and strike calls.
e. Schedule lighting support staff for technical rehearsals and performances, including
light board operator, programmer, and follow-spot op.
f. Oversee and ensure crew safety on-stage during load-ins and strikes.
g. Approve and submit weekly timesheets for departmental over-hire.
h. Maintain and schedule inspections for safety equipment, fall protection and lifts at the
KDT.
i. Process and track invoices; oversee seasonal and show lighting budgets under
supervision of the Production Manager. Prepare weekly expense reports as needed.
j. Communicate with incoming touring and events as needed to answer their technical
questions. Coordinate crew calls with Production Management. Be available for walk-
throughs with potential clients.

 For all productions and theatres:

a. Provide advice, training and knowhow on lighting, audio and projection equipment to
the Production Managers and theatre staff.
b. Maintain inventories of all CTG owned lighting, audio and projection equipment. Track
where equipment goes and help ensure it is returned to storage.
c. Research new technology and make recommendations for the purchase of new
equipment with CTG and Facility Fee funds.
d. Act as the point person for the rental and purchase of all lighting, audio and projection
equipment at all of CTG’s theatres. Negotiate competitive pricing. Help management
with budgets by obtaining estimates and making recommendations on vendor and
gear choices to the Production Managers.
e. Maintain and build relationships with current and future vendors. Research new
vendors to ensure CTG is getting the best prices for equipment.
f. Schedule and supervise maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment.
g. Attend production meetings, post tech and show notes sessions, CTG staff meetings
and rehearsals as needed.
h. Attend pre-tech run thrus, all technical rehearsals and performances as needed.
i. Staff and supervise lighting, audio, and video technicians for CTG productions and
events as needed, including KDT video programmers, Education and Community
events, maintenance technicians, and others as determined by the Director of
Production.
j. Coordinate and oversee the installation of practical lighting elements into scenic and
prop pieces for CTG productions. Identify and procure material needs, schedule staff,
and supervise installation in coordination with Technical and Property Directors.

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Act as substitute in emergencies or situations to be determined with Production
Management.
 Recommend new safety practices and policies to Production Management.
 Alert Production Management of any personnel, technical or safety issues which arise.
 Maintain theatre stock of gel, electrics hardware and other parts.
 Process petty cash, account and credit card purchases accurately and promptly.
 Other duties as assigned.
CTG provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change.
Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. All
employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Center Theatre Group’s Personnel
Policies and Procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge and Essential Skills

a. Ability to work independently and communicate with other staff through phone calls
and e-mails.
b. Ability to maintain effective and professional communication with internal/external
contacts.
c. Strong technical knowledge and interest in theatrical lighting, audio and projection
equipment including but not limited to automated lighting, network control
systems, projectors, mixing consoles and wireless microphones.
d. Ability to quickly learn how to use equipment through manuals, online research and
talking with vendors and experts.
e. A basic understanding of VectorWorks or AutoCAD and the ability to read theatrical
design and technical drawings.
f. Proficient with Lightwright and experience with ETC networks and equipment.
g. Experience running and programming the ETC EOS and GEO lighting consoles.
h. Working knowledge and comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Outlook and
Excel. Comfort with communicating via e-mail and phone.
i. Ability to work collaboratively with a team and with a variety of personalities.
j. Clear communicator, both written and verbal.
k. Ability to coordinate multiple parts of a project, set priorities and follow through in
a timely manner.
l. Ability to remain calm and productive in stressful situations including frequent
changes during production and rehearsal process.
m. Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements: Essential Functions and Abilities

a. Previous experience of five years or more as a Master Electrician or Assistant
Master Electrician at a theatrical venue.
b. The physical ability to lift heavy objects such as moving lights and follow spots in a
range of physical positions. Able to lift 75 lbs or more occasionally and 50 lbs
frequently.
c. The physical ability to stay on ones feet (standing, walking) for long days, multiple
days in a row.
d. The ability to work a very flexible schedule with extreme hours at times.
e. Comfortable with heights, including working with ladders and personnel lifts.

Education, Experience and Licensing

a. Professional experience that demonstrates proven ability to perform the job
responsibilities outlined (may include educational experience).
b. Company requires valid California driver’s license with good driving record. Must be
25 years of age or older to drive CTG vehicles.
c. CTG requires a valid California Forklift Operator License. Training will be provided by
company.
d. CPR/ AED/ First training. Training will be provided by the company.
e. ETCP Electrical certification preferred but not required.

All employees are required to pass a background check.

COMPENSATION

The position will receive a competitive compensation.
CTG also offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement plan options; escalating
vacation, paid sick, personal days and holidays; and health benefits including medical, dental,
vision, flex spending accounts, employee assistance program, and life and long-term disability
insurance.

TO APPLY

Sell yourself by writing a cover letter that describes why you’re the best person for this job.
Send resume and cover letter along with salary desired to: ctgjobs@ctgla.org. Please be sure to
include the position title in the subject line of the email. Due to heavy volume of resumes
received, emails that do not include the job title in the subject line of the email may not be
considered.

In your cover letter, please indicate how you became aware of this position, e.g., name of website,
current employee, via another source.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We will contact qualified individuals to set up interviews.
Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any
applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy, veteran/military status, genetic
information or any other basis prohibited by law. CTG will consider for employment qualified
applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los
Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We support, promote and embrace a diverse
workforce.

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