Employment News

Production Manager

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has been a major force in the Australian cultural landscape since its establishment in 1978. It is Australia’s largest theatre company in terms of audiences and amount of work presented each year, the state theatre company of NSW, and is recognised as one of the world’s most exciting and original theatre companies.

 Job Overview 

The Production Manager will work alongside other Production Managers and the Director, Technical and Production to manage an allocation of STC’s productions and co-productions

The Production Manager will work with creative teams to achieve their artistic vision and production values to the highest possible standards within the parameters set by the company.  The Production Manager will have responsibility for the realisation of all the technical and design elements of a production and will ensure the most effective utilisation of people, resources and systems within the agreed budget, schedule and parameters.

 Hours of Work

The position is full time. The usual hours of work are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. However, the job requires a willingness to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and touring.

The position is currently based at The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

Salary and Entitlements

  • Salary is dependent on skills and experience
  • 4 weeks annual leave
  • Complimentary tickets to STC productions (subject to availability)
  • 10.5% superannuation


In order to make your application for this position, please forward your resume and a cover letter briefly demonstrating how your experience is applicable to this position as outlined in the criteria below. Please note, applications which to do not address the selection criteria will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of seven years relevant industry experience, preferably within a producing theatre company.
  • Excellent leadership skills with a proven ability to lead teams and manage people.
  • Excellent negotiation skills with a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent project management skills with a logical and analytical approach to planning and the allocation of resources.
  • The ability to remain calm, professional and positive under pressure.
  • A sympathetic approach to theatre design and aesthetics.
  • A good eye for detail and quality control to ensure that all elements of a production are produced to the highest standards.
  • Excellent knowledge and practical experience of set design and construction.
  • Good knowledge of rigging, stage automation, lighting, sound and projection.
  • Good knowledge of theatrical costume and props.
  • Strong financial management skills with a proven ability to manage and control large budgets.
  • A high level of understanding of Workplace Health and Safety legislation and procedures as related to the theatre and entertainment industries with proven experience of implementing these requirements in a sympathetic manner.
  • Experience of touring productions either domestically or internationally.
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Please forward your application to recruitment@sydneytheatre.com.au 

For a complete Job Pack please visit http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/about/careers

 Applications close 10am Monday 29th January 2018



Casual Technicians

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

A Department within the Division of International and Development, QUT Precincts programs and presents exhibitions, performances, public programs and events aimed at engaging the QUT community and the broader public. The department manages QUT’s cultural venues (Gardens Theatre, Old Government House, QUT Art Museum and Creative Industries Precinct) and function spaces, and develops content for The Cube one of the world’s largest interactive digital learning environments. We are currently looking to expand our list of casual technicians at all levels in Vision, Lighting, Audio, Stage Managers, Mechs, and Corporate Event Technicians within our team. We are looking for technicians that not only know their skill set, but have excellent client relations. Do you have the current skill set to join our team?

* A Minimum 2 years industry experience
* Excellent Customer Service Skills
* Excellent Communication Skills
* Ability to multitask and prioritise tasks
* Work as part of a team
* A great attention to detail
* The ability take own initiative
* An ability to work after hours
* Punctual Knowledge and skill sets in the following areas would be quite advantageous:
* ETC Eos (ETC Gio, Ion, or Element)
* Yamaha CL
* Soundcraft SI
* Newtek Tricaster
* Qlab, and Microsoft Office suite
* Basic or Intermediate Riggers
* EWP/Yellow Card

If you are interested in applying, please forward a current CV with references to gptech@qut.edu.au Only suitable applicants will be contacted.


Lighting Techs wanted

Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

LX Productions is an established Lighting Business who has serviced the Entertainment Industry business in Melbourne since the Year 2000. Our core business work includes Hire and Production for Festivals, Corporate, School Theatre Productions, Exhibition work etc.

We seek additional crew to help with our business growth, a path which sees a number of new services being introduced in 2018, including our new LED Screen Panels, Media Servers, and LED Exhibition Lights.

Opportunities exist in areas such as Customer service, factory prep/return, and Production work.

To meet our requirements you must possess a strong work ethic, be able and keen to work flexible hours, hold a current Victorian drivers licence (preferably manual), you must have good communication skills, and most importantly have an experienced and successful lighting background.

The ability to work autonomously as well as in a team environment will be essential.

If you are keen to help us grow the business please email accounts@lxproductions.com.au. Alternatively a confidential interview can be discussed should you be presently employed by calling Darren Holborow General Manager LX Productions on 0412 679 112


Employment Opportunities at Frontier Lighting

Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Frontier Lighting is one of WA’s leading Lighting Production Companies who solely just look after anything lighting, whether it be concerts of any size, festivals with multiple stages, corporate functions, car launches, architectural lighting or anything in-between. At Frontier we pride ourselves in providing our clients with the best products and service in WA. Located in Belmont, 15 minutes from the Perth CBD and 5 Minutes from the airport.

Positions Available:

– Production Manager/Business Development Manager (Full Time)

– Lighting technician/ Crew Chief (Full Time)

– Lighting Technician (Full Time)

Employment Criteria for all positions:

* Able to work in a team based environment and support your work mates in a professional and friendly manner
* Motivated to undertake any task
* A current drivers license
* Previous work in the concert lighting/ entertainment industry

Other Criteria but not essential:

* Current HR Truck License
* Basic Rigging/ Dogging Ticket
* Working at Heights
* White card

A remuneration package will be offered base on your experience.

Please forward your resume to accounts@frontierlighting.com.au


Production Intern

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Ensemble Theatre celebrates its 60th year in 2018, presenting four world premieres from Australia’s best writers; an adaptation of an award winning French play; four comedy classics and two international dramas.  We perform in a 220-seat theatre in Kirribilli, situated on the edge of Sydney Harbour.

Ensemble Theatre offers a leading internship program in the theatre industry, primarily in the area of theatre production. Production interns are a vital and important part of our theatre season. Successful applicants will gain high-level, hands-on experience, and therefore must be willing to show initiative and take responsibility.

Production interns will gain experience in technical roles including: wardrobe, mechanist, lighting, sound, props, and bump-in/outs. They will assist the Production Manager, Head Technician, Production Assistant and Stage Manager to deliver all production aspects.

In 2018, production internships are offered on the following four productions:
MARJORIE PRIME by Jordan Harrison
Internship Dates: 14 May – 15 June 2018

UNQUALIFIED by Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore
Internship Dates: 28 May – 22 June 2018

LUNA GALE by Rebecca Gilman
Internship Dates: 6 August – 7 September 2018

Internship Dates: 17 September – 19 October 2018

Hours: By negotiation, with a minimum commitment of eight hours per week.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
– be undertaking or have recently completed studies in live performance, theatre (including production, performance, administration or management) or associated fields
– demonstrate relevant experience in the field of live performance

Applications close COB Friday 2 February 2018.

Please submit an expression of interest (max. 2 pages) clearly outlining:
–  your reasons for applying and what you hope to gain from an internship
–  preferred production/s (from list above)
– area of study and/or relevant experience
– current CV

Address to:
Claire Nesbitt-Hawes
Artistic Producer
Ensemble Theatre
02 8918 3403


Lighting Technicians (1 Casual, 1 Flex Time Contract)

Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2018

This role works as part of a team to deliver the highest technical services in the field of lighting. The role is customer focused and supports performers to achieve excellence in their field, drawing on high level of skills and experience as a technical operator and a formidable aptitude for, and comprehensive understanding of, lighting equipment and systems. This role leads small technical teams to deliver outstanding theatre and entertainment production services to clients. This role upholds relevant technical and WHS standards and contributes to the ongoing development of WHS awareness at the Opera House. It also contributes to the management, development, care and security of the technical equipment at the Opera House and assists in the development of skills and standards within the Theatre & Events portfolio that meet presenter and the SOH expectations.

* Operation and set up of lighting equipment in live performance situations including operating lighting consoles, follow spots, floor plots and basic lighting systems in all theatres and performance spaces for productions and events.
* Supervise and lead small teams in a productive and efficient manner to deliver outstanding production services, communicating effectively , and providing training and mentoring as required.
* Follow and create documentation such as lighting plans, patch sheets, cue lists and other technical documents as required and independently setup lighting equipment and systems for use across all theatres and performance spaces.
* Identify and problem solve lighting technical faults relating to productions, including the use of SOH fault reporting systems.
* Meet SOH expectations by contributing to a customer service culture within Production Services teams.
* Ensure technical requirements for productions are delivered safely; making WHS a high priority for all Production Services employees.
* Properly store, clean and maintain equipment, as well as clean and keep all storage and backstage areas tidy.

* Working in a dynamic live theatre environment , balancing challenging variables, such as irregular and long shifts, physical work, live performance deadlines, as well as the sheer complexity of size and restrictions associated with working at SOH.

Decision Making
The position has responsibility to follow documentation and direction from a Supervisor or Production Manager to achieve a technically smooth and competent production. The role may plan a task and lead a small team to achieve this.
The position has the responsibility to operate equipment to the highest standard to the satisfaction of Head of Department, Supervisors and to the Client’s needs and expectations.
Reporting Line
Lighting Supervisor
Lighting Operational Supervisor
Direct Reports

* Comprehensive skills and experience (minimum 3 years) in professional lighting services.
* Ability to perform lighting operational roles including lighting console operation, follow spot operation and floor electrics plot and operation to the highest standard in a live performance environment.
* Good working knowledge of lighting equipment and venue infrastructure including:
Lighting network setup and distribution
Moving light fixtures – setting, addressing and trouble-shooting
Intelligent lighting fixtures including LED technology and strobes etc.
Conventional lighting and lamp maintenance
System fault finding
* Ability to operate market leading lighting consoles and associated programs.
* Ability to lead small teams to execute an effective and efficient outcome.
* Ability to interpret and create relevant event documents and implement technical lighting production requirements.
* Physical fitness, agility and ability to work at heights.
* Ability and commitment to work on a rotating shift basis.
* Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within teams and across multiple disciplines to ensure completion of work.
* Good communication skills and well-developed interpersonal skills.
* Commitment to abide by Opera House policies, particularly WHS procedures , including manual handling techniques.
* Demonstrated knowledge and application of computer related technology.

The NSW Public Sector Capability Framework applies to all NSW public sector employees. The Capability Framework is available at www.psc.nsw.gov.au/capabilityframework

The applications for both roles close on January 20th.


SOH1190 – Application Package – Lighting Technician FTC

SOH1190 – Application Package – Lighting Technician Casual


Head of Staging

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

Position title: Head of Staging

Reports to: Production and Technical Manager

Permanent – Full time (could negotiate part time for right applicant)

Rate of Pay: Live Performance Award Level 8

Merrigong Theatre Company is a not for profit company which operates Wollongong’s premier performing arts venues, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and the Wollongong Town Hall. The company also commissions, produces, presents and tours professional theatre.

This position is required to assist in the operation of all technical aspects pertaining to the use of the stage, with a particular focus on staging, fly tower operation and safety. To realise staging requirements for Merrigong productions and incoming hirer events.

The successful candidate for the role will need to show a high level of initiative, strong communication skills and relevant industry knowledge and experience. They will also contribute to a positive team and work culture.

Merrigong encourages applications from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.


  1. To assist in the planning, rostering and realisation of the requirements of incoming shows with a particular focus on Staging.
  1. To assist in the operation of all technical aspects pertaining to the use of the stage and the associated theatrical effects, across all areas.
  1. To coordinate and attend to maintenance and adjustments to the theatre equipment to ensure the venues operate effectively as performing arts venues, are well presented to the public and comply with the relevant statutory requirements.


 Objective 1

  • To work with the Production and Technical Manager to ensure that the company’s technical department is running safely and professionally at the highest possible standard, and that all staff understand and adhere to company policies and procedures.
  • To liaise with incoming production companies as required and provide a high level of customer service to users of the centre. To create documentation to effectively communicate plans and schedules to your colleagues and venue users.
  • To ensure the efficient use of company time by casual employees in the Technical Department and to participate in meetings as required.
  • To assist venue hirers to realise their technical needs within the limits of the venues capabilities.
  • Be able to input and retrieve data from the event management system, reconcile timesheets and hirer reconciliations, finalise estimates for upcoming shows.

Objective 2

  • To safely and efficiently set-up, maintain and operate basic stage lighting, audio and visual equipment and stage machinery.
  • Participate in, and lead where necessary, the bump-in and bump-out of productions and events.
  • To act as Duty Technician when required.
  • To assist with in-house production requirements.
  • To lead event crew on the floor to realise the requirements of productions.
  • To keep accurate records, complete production reports and report on back of house operations on a show by show basis.
  • Maintain the Company’s technical equipment with particular focus on Staging.
  • To assist with the training and induction of volunteers and casual staff, as well as the induction of any visiting companies.
  • Be able to competently support your colleagues in other areas by gaining a working knowledge of their equipment and processes.

Objective 3

  • To assist in and coordinate, the maintenance of technical equipment and fixtures under the control of Merrigong Theatre Company in consultation with other members of the Technical Department, the Facilities Coordinator and the Production and Technical Manager.
  • To contribute to asset management planning and capital infrastructure expenditure planning. Be responsible for the continuing improvement of all staging equipment resources.


  • Other duties as required by the Production and Technical Manager within the scope of the position.
  • Attendance at weekly Team Meetings.



  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the planning, design, implementation and operation of live staging including manual fly tower operation.
  • A strong understanding of the needs and requirements of a range of stage presentations and events.
  • Experience leading a close team in a demanding environment.
  • Working understanding of WHS principles and regulations.
  • Strong communication, time management and record-keeping skills.
  • A valid driver’s license


  • Formal training in technical theatre, theatre carpentry or associated trade certificate.
  • CAD computer package skills.
  • Riggers qualifications.


  • Have a commitment to a safe and efficient working environment.
  • Ability to work to a high level of efficiency in stressful periods leading up to and during events.
  • Positive and approachable attitude.
  • Reliable
  • Ability to work autonomously.



Available to work evenings, weekends and flexible shifts on a regular basis.

Ability to work at heights, in low light conditions, requiring good level of fitness.

This is a full time position however for the right applicant we would be willing to consider a part time arrangement.



Applications close: 5 pm Monday 22 January 2018

For information about how to apply click here.