The Lighting Supervisor leads TPA’s production lighting department and is responsible for managing the theatrical lighting and electrical aspects of all TPA productions. The position works with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to realize TPA’s productions within artistic, safety, and financial standards. The Lighting Supervisor maintains TPA’s lighting equipment inventory and systems to ensure optimal operation.
• Planning and Management: Effectively and diplomatically coordinate with visiting productions, event producers, staff, and other stakeholders. In concert with other production department team members, create the highest level of production quality for all events presented, produced, hosted, or supported by Texas Performing Arts. Ensure that theatrical lighting, power, and atmospheric effects systems conform to required specifications. Use departmental databases and other systems to effectively share planning, cost, and schedule information. Create and maintain clear and accurate schedules, paperwork, and plans for lighting and electrical aspects of productions. Coordinate with vendors on the purchase or rental of equipment as necessary. Obtain quotes and participate in bidding processes. Create, track, and reconcile lighting department and event budgets. Anticipate and proactively correct potential production conflicts and problems. Develop and maintain strong relationships with production stakeholders and peers across the university, in the region, and nationally. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of historical, current, and emerging industry practices.
• Leadership and Training: Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, schedule, and supervise professional staff, labor vendor employees, contractors, students, and volunteer lighting and electrical personnel. Support the Assistant Lighting Supervisor in providing technical support to curricular productions in the College of Fine Arts. Develop learning opportunities for UT students. Maintain and directly contribute to a production culture of mentorship, experiential learning, and professional experience for students at UT and in the greater Austin area. Ensure compliance with university policies and procedures regarding student employees. Participate in meeting TPA’s inclusion, equity, accessibility, and diversity goals, with a particular emphasis on students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in production disciplines.
• Event Production: Supervise and participate in load-ins, set-ups, performances, strikes, and load-outs. Function as a lighting designer, department head, technician, programmer, or operator as assigned. Oversee architectural or environmental lighting effects beyond the stage when required. Demonstrate a backstage work ethic of proficiency, safety, excellence, and creative problem-solving.
• Facilities and Equipment: Maintain theatrical lighting and electrical equipment and systems at peak operating levels. Regularly inspect and advise on system status and repair or maintenance needs. Research and make recommendations for capital replacement and improvement of the theatrical lighting and electrical equipment and systems. Participate in managing and maintaining house and lobby lighting systems. Evaluate and adopt new lighting technology throughout TPA’s operations. Maintain, track, and document changes to the house lighting equipment inventory and system information.
• Perform other related functions as assigned. This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described.
• At least four (4) years of experience managing increasingly complex lighting, electrical, electronic, and electromechanical instruments, control, and distribution systems.
• Demonstrated experience with a wide range of types of live performance, to include the full stylistic range of music artists, standup comics, Broadway-style musical performances, and “legit” and experimental theater, dance, and film presentation.
• Demonstrated experience leading the departmental advance process for production lighting aspects including scheduling, budgeting, equipment substitution, and staffing.
• A demonstrated knowledge of lighting equipment, systems, protocols, and best practices; to include the following:
o ETC ION Control System
o Paradigm House, Work, and Lobby Lighting Systems
o DMX systems
o ETCNET networking distribution
o ETC Sensor Dimmers
o Conventional lighting fixtures of all manufacture and types
o Moving lights of all manufacture and types
o LED lights
o Cue lighting systems
o Counterweight theatrical rigging systems; truss and motor rigging systems
o Computer skills: MS Office, LightWright, Vectorworks, AutoCAD
o Basic repair: cables, connectors, basic benchwork and troubleshooting
• Ability to design and operate lighting consoles for live events having multiple cues.
• Ability to “call” followspot operations as necessary.
• Demonstrated managerial skill leading and motivating crew of various levels of experience.
• Demonstrated accomplishment maintaining current knowledge of lighting production practices and systems.
• Effective Communications: Demonstrated understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
• Accuracy and Attention to Detail: Demonstrated understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail; ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
• Service Excellence: Demonstrated knowledge of customer service concepts and techniques; ability to meet or exceed customer needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.
• Problem Solving: Demonstrated knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
• Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• Demonstrated experience with standard theatrical work rules and general conditions for professional stage crews.
• More than the minimum required level of experience.
• Three or more years of experience working in a supervisory capacity.
• Demonstrated experience of lighting techniques for the camera, including film, TV, and internet protocol events.
• Demonstrated accomplishment in creating and implementing theatrical lighting designs of high artistic quality.
• Fluency in a language other than English.
• Demonstrated lighting experience in an arts presenting organization; arts producing organization; university-based organization; or multi-venue performing arts organization.
• Demonstrated lighting experience with international artists and productions.
• Demonstrated lighting experience in an educational setting; experience in teaching, mentorship, or training roles; experience mentoring student employees.
• Demonstrated accomplishment creating growth opportunities for fulltime team members; experience creating professional development opportunities for part-time and on-call production crew members.
• Demonstrated fluency in the use of lighting technology and commitment to adopting new technology; current, demonstrated fluency in all stage production disciplines.
• Interest in and strong commitment to the mission and programs of Texas Performing Arts.
• Familiarity with Texas Performing Arts venues.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in past work roles.
• Familiarity with UT Austin policies and procedures.
• Relevant professional education or credentials.
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About Texas Performing Arts:
Texas Performing Arts is the professional arts presenting and producing program of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., Texas Performing Arts is an anchor institution in Austin’s arts, cultural, and entertainment landscape. Texas Performing Arts operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater, the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; a 40th Anniversary Season of dance, theater, music and more; and the Texas Welcomes series of national touring artists. Texas Performing Arts is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university.
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices. To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visit https://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment.