Stage technicians are responsible for maintaining and operating any and all effects and electronics on a stage, as well as ensuring that the equipment is primed and set up correctly and implementing it properly during a live show.
Stage technicians must have a solid understanding of one or more of the following: digital and audio sound reinforcement; lighting with moving and conventional operation; video engineering and project mapping; and rigging. They must also be able to perform physical maintenance on equipment and operate software, so computer skills and a working knowledge of stage terms and theatrical production are also necessary. Stage technicians should be prepared to work in an active environment and be able to stay focused even when surrounded by a crowd or hampered by inclement weather, and a certain degree of physical ability is also important, as there may be prolonged bouts of climbing, squatting, or holding poses.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least two years of theatrical work experience are generally required for this position, and a strong understanding of computers is also important to understand and utilize various software and electronics. Strong leadership skills are also necessary to not only lead coworkers, but also effectively control crowds, and prior experience with forklifts or scissor lifts is also helpful.
Stage Technician Tasks
Ensure that support staff, actors, prop, scenery, and other elements are in order on stage.
Assist prop staff in the assembly and construction of scenery or props.
Determine blue prints, floor plans, and lighting and sound options with stage manager.
Act as the stage manager, switch board operator, sound technician, or production assistant as necessary.