Employment News

Production Manager

Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Melbourne Festival is seeking a skilled and highly experienced Production Manager for up to a 6 month contract for the October 2018 festival. Successful candidates will have a long history working on touring theatre and music productions, positive relationships with Melbourne venues and suppliers, proven stakeholder relationship management, good pre-production communication, the ability to develop and adhere to budgets, and ability to manage and support staff. Experience with Datafest and/or outdoor site builds will be viewed favourably.

Applications should include a brief CV and a cover letter highlighting the candidate’s strengths with reference to the position description and key selection criteria, and should be emailed to jobs@festival.melbourne with the subject “Production Manager”.

Applications will be accepted until 5PM on Wednesday 17 January 2018, with interviews beginning January 23rd, and the position starting in April or May, subject to negotiation.

Download the position description


Audio Visual Graduate Program 2018

Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2017

ICC Sydney is a $1.5 billion development that has transformed the Darling Harbour precinct. The project delivered 35,000sqm of internal exhibition space, the largest commercial kitchen in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s largest ballroom, an open-air event deck, and an 8000 seat entertainment theatre.

We are excited to announce an industry-first opportunity for recent high school/tertiary graduates to join our team.

The ICC Sydney AV Graduate Program is a paid, full time, 12 month program where successful candidates will gain exposure to all areas of Audio Visual services, on the biggest stage in Australia. Whether it be Rigging, Audio, Lighting or Vision, the possibilities are endless.

This is an excellent opportunity for graduates who are passionate about a career in the Audio Visual industry. There are genuine employment outcomes at the completion of the program and we encourage applications from candidates hungry to join one of the leading events and entertainment venues in the region.

The role/s are expected to commence in February 2018.

Applications close 31 December 2017. Apply here

Please Note; relevant screening checks will be conducted as part of the recruitment process. These include National Criminal Records and National Police Background Checks, Proof of Identity that meets the 100-point check and may include Working with Children background checks. Shortlisted candidates may also be required to pass a physical assessment as part of the recruitment process.


Head Technician

Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2017

The Opportunity:
The Head Technician is a key member of the Ensemble Theatre production and venue team. The role is responsible for ongoing venue maintenance and operations, and the management of safe effective installations, maintenance and use of technical equipment, including lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging elements, at home and on tour. This role supervises all technical casual crew and venue contractors and other casual staff as necessary. It is desirable that the Head Technician is able to create simple sound effects and AV elements for use in Ensemble Theatre productions.

Key Duties include:

• Support the Production Manager and key creatives/producers in the delivery of the technical elements for all Ensemble Theatre performances, events and other related activities, at home and on tour.
• Manage and oversee the technical aspects of bump in/out of each production and other events.
• Assess technical requirements and develop budgets for potential and future productions and events.
• As directed, provide creative content for productions such as (but not limited to) sound effects, music and/or AV elements, for rehearsal and production.
• Oversee purchase, hire, delivery and return of technical items for each production.
• Provide technical specifications for proposed touring productions, as necessary.
• Attend staff meetings, technical, dress rehearsals and previews when required.
• Apply for and maintain licenses for productions as required including PPCA & APRA/AMCOS.
• Arrange archival filming for each production
• Support Production Manager in delivery of Ensemble productions and other activities by:
– Booking and supervising technical crew, including casuals and contractors.
– Training of Production Department staff including stage managers, technical crew to undertake the technical aspects of each production.
– Contributing to the creation of production schedules for each production and other events as required.
– Ensuring the technical and design aspects of a production abide by current licensing and WHS regulations
– Work with the Production Manager to identify and solve transfer challenges.
– Work with the Production Manager to ensure all technical staff have necessary qualifications and certificates, and work in a safe way in compliance with industry and company policies.
• Maintain a good working knowledge of necessary awards and legislation including the Performer’s Certified Agreement, the Live Theatre and Concert Award and relevant Workplace, Health and Safety legislation.
• Ensure a high level of Workplace, Health and Safety practice is followed
• Undertake regular testing & tagging of electrical equipment
• Undertake regular stocktake of consumable items, including tape, lamp, gel stock

• Manage and implement annual or ad hoc maintenance of venue including theatre, administration and Front of House areas within allocated budgets, as required.
• With Production Manager, develop an annual capital expenditure budget and schedule for the ongoing renewal and maintenance of the Company’s various buildings.
• Provide regular and current advice to executive management on issues of building/venue maintenance and improvements.
• Provide up to date reports of the state of the building and theatre infrastructure as required.
• Maintain an annual Fire safety Inspection, and up-to-date Fire Safety Certificate
• Maintain building alarm systems and air-conditioning units regularly
• Obtain quotes and employ contractors as necessary for maintenance work

Essential attributes:

• Extensive technical experience within a professional Performing Arts or Entertainment venue.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and other relevant software packages including digital technologies and audio visual applications, specifically CAD, QLAB, ETC Ion and ARTNet equipment.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively both within a small team and autonomously.
• Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and successfully manage priorities in a high pressure environment.
• Willingness and flexibility to work extended hours as required.
• Current Driver’s License

Making an Application:
Please forward your application, including:
• A covering letter
• A copy of your resume

Email applications to Simon Greer, Production Manager: simon@ensemble.com.au
Please include the words ‘Head Technician’ in your email.

For further information please contact Simon Greer (02) 8918 3405.


Head Electrician

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Bangarra Dance Theatre is looking for an experienced Head Electrician to join the team in its Sydney office in Walsh Bay. This is a full-time, one year fixed-term role, with the potential to extend.

This is a rare opportunity to join Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company in a pivotal role. The Head Electrician reports to the Director, Technical and Production and is responsible for planning and implementing all electrical/technical requirements relating to the presentation and operation of Bangarra Dance Theatre performances throughout Australia and internationally.

For more information download the position description here.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your experience in relation to this position, to Laura Hough at jobs@bangarra.com.au.

Applications close: Monday 1 January, 5pm


Director, Technical & Production

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Bangarra Dance Theatre is looking for an experienced Director, Technical and Production to join the team in its Sydney office in Walsh Bay. This is a newly created, full-time, permanent position and a rare opportunity to join Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company.

The Director, Technical and Production is responsible for leading and developing the technical and production areas of Bangarra, ensuring effective operations, long-range problem solving, skills development and training.

For more information download the position description here.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your experience in relation to this position, to Laura Hough at jobs@bangarra.com.au.

Applications close: Monday 1 January, 5pm


Chameleon Touring Job Opportunities

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

We are looking for some great people to join our team. People with passion for Lighting Production Services.

We currently have some opportunities for a Lighting Account Manager, Warehouse Technicians and Show Crew.

Full time and Casual positions are available

Remuneration is based on experience.

Please forward your resume to reception@chameleon-touring.com.au


Head of Department Staging

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

  • Full time vacancy on a 3 year fixed term contract
  • Develop your career at the heart of the arts in South Australia
  • Based in Adelaide CBD
  • Experienced in managing production services

About the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Established in 1973, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (AFCT) is the creative hub of South Australia and leading Asia Pacific cultural centre. The AFCT produces a bold, exciting and extensive program of festivals, events and performances all year round to inspire educate and entertain audiences from a variety of ages, experience and cultures. The AFCT prides itself on providing constant support, development and maintaining a positive work environment for all employees whilst upholding exceptional customer service to external organisations and patrons, as the home of performing arts in South Australia.

About the vacancy

Finishing off the 2017 schedule strongly and commencing the preparation of the 2018 program, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust is looking for a Production professional to be the key stakeholder for the staging department in providing equipment and technicians to set up and operate stage requirements to support performances. This role is available in a full time capacity for a period of three years.

Reporting to the Director of Venue Operations, the Head of Department – Staging will be responsible in effectively and efficiently managing the AFC staging department and providing exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders. This role will involve managing the Staging department within the venue’s operations to a world class standard and include rostering and managing staging staff though leadership, training and mentoring. Relevant qualifications in entertainment and previous experience in a similar role will be looked upon favourably.

If you are able to hit the ground running, experienced in coordinating events, shows and performances don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply.


  • Manage Staging department operations by meeting and negotiating with external hirers needs
  • Develop weekly rosters adhering to all legal WHS & EB requirements
  • Assist the production coordinators with technical advice
  • Identify training needs in the department and provide advice and guidance
  • Conduct performance reviews with staff
  • Develop maintenance schedules to ensure all plant and equipment are in reasonable working order
  • Attend all production meetings as the representative of the department
  • Act as liaison with internal and external customers and provide cost effective technical advice and design solutionsCompetencies and Skills
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Rostering experience
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communications & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships
  • Outstanding organisational & planning skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Project management skills

Benefits and Culture

The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust offer a range of benefits to its employees including salary packaging, flexible working arrangements and staff price tickets to shows, festivals and productions.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. The sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.


All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a cover letter stating your potential contribution to this role, the relevant skills and experience you can offer Adelaide Festival Centre, together with a current resume identifying relevant career, personal and educational achievements.

For more information about the Adelaide Festival Centre and a copy of the position description, please visit the Employment page on our website: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au. Enquires can be directed to Michael McCabe – Director, Venue Operations at michael.mccabe@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au.

Please submit all applications via SEEK by 5:00 pm ACDT Wednesday 20 December 2017.