Head Alhadeff Studio Technician

Creative Spaces & Event Services

The Creative Spaces & Event Services team is hiring a Head Studio Technician to oversee all non-Academic instruction work in the Alhadeff Studio Space, and work with the design and production teams to implement designs for both Cornish productions and professional rentals. This is a full-time, academic year staff position, typically September – May. The HST will retain the “Right of first refusal” for all work for which they are qualified for in the Studio outside the guarantee dates, and minimum of 15 weeks at 30 hours of guarantee work each season (subject to change based on CBA). The HST is represented by the collective bargaining agreement between IATSE Local #15 and the Cornish College of the Arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.


  • Maintains the facilities of the Alhadeff Studio in conjunction with the Technical Supervisor.
  • Runs IATSE crews during all calls/events in Alhadeff Studio.
  • Collaborates with the Technical Supervisor, Production Manager, and Cornish Faculty to build and manage standards in the theater and work rooms.
  • Attends CSES department and show/event meetings when scheduled by the Technical Supervisor.
  • Maintains accurate equipment inventory records, plots, and associated paperwork in the Alhadeff.
  • Supports the Technical Supervisor in maintaining a safe work environment at all times.
  • Designs and implements Playhouse Season rep plots.
  • Works with Cornish productions and client Designers and CSES Technical Supervisor to:
    • Advise in generating labor estimations and schedule
    • Ensure safe and timely load in, show run & load out of all shows and events
    • Assist students and clients in gear choices
  • Should have a working knowledge of all theatrical technical areas and how they interact. Particular emphasis on electrics and programming, and also including scenery, audio, projections, and more. Should there be a need for work in multiple areas simultaneously, more workers will be scheduled to assist.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in technical theater or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Must be able to work well with students in an educational capacity
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and a variety of constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to work with professional production teams, performers, and theater staff
  • Strong organizational skills; proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
  • Strong leadership and delegation skills
  • Self-motivated, responsible, collaborative and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Experience with PC and Mac; working knowledge of Microsoft Office, proficient in Excel.
  • Proficient in cloud based work platforms, primarily Google Drive and associated apps.
  • Comfortable working above the stage floor in a lift or on a ladder.
  • Minimum (3) years experience in theatrical lighting.
  • Skill in lighting console programming and lighting equipment repair (primarily the ETC line)
  • Basic Understanding of network-based lighting systems
  • Basic Experience with LED lighting equipment, intelligent fixtures and systems.
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of modern audio technologies, including but not limited to: QLab programming, audio over IP (e.g. DANTE), and digital audio consoles (Yamaha QL, specifically)
  • Understanding of design processes
  • Strong technical theater experience, including:
    • ETC EOS Family light board programming
    • Basic lighting design
    • Digital sound system set up and operation (Yamaha O1V console)
    • QLab 4 programming
    • Theatrical rigging
    • Projection set up and operation
  • Experience with drafting programs (Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD, and lightwright)
  • Experience with aerial work platforms, and counter weight fly systems.
  • Must be willing to work cross-departmentally and assist other crew members in other skills when requested
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 – 70lbs
  • Must pass background check
  • Sense of humor and a collaborative approach to the work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education, not-for-profit, or arts environment
  • Production management experience
  • Supervisory experience in a union represented theater/venue.
  • Experience with student work environments
  • First aid, AED, and CPR training
  • Fall Arrest training
  • Aerial lift certification
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively with professional production teams, performers, and theater staff.

Department:  Creative Spaces and Event Services (CSES)
Reports To:    Playhouse Technical Supervisor
Supervises:    Staff Assistants and Overhire staff
Pay Grade:      $26.55/hour (subject to change based on CBA)
Guarantee:     30 hours/week, 15 weeks min. Plus first pick for work in other venues year around (subject to change based on CBA)
FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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