Playhouse Head Electrician

Creative Spaces & Event Services

The Creative Spaces & Event Services team is looking to hire a Playhouse Head Master Electrician to work with lighting and projection designers to implement their designs for both Cornish productions and professional rentals. This position will retain the “right of first refusal” for all Playhouse work for which they are qualified, outside the guarantee dates and minimums. The position has a guarantee minimum of 30 weeks at 30 hours of work each season (subject to change based on CBA), with additional summer hours, as needed, to support summer classes and shows. This position also assists in other campus-wide events and venues when needed. This position 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.


  • Runs IATSE electrics crew for all productions, shows, load ins, load outs, and maintenance
  • Supervises hanging and focusing theatrical lights for shows and events
  • Assists Facilities department and the Technical Supervisor in maintaining building lighting within Cornish’s venues
  • Acts as lighting console programmer and operator when one is not provided for the show or the lighting swing is not available
  • Works with Cornish productions and client Lighting Designers, show Master Electricians, Projection designers, and Cornish Technical Supervisor to:
    1. Advise in generating labor estimations and schedule
    2. Ensure safe and timely load in of all shows and events
    3. Assist students and clients in gear choices
  • Leads in the maintenance of lighting and associated related equipment
  • Maintains accurate equipment inventory records, plots, and associated paperwork
  • Collaborates with the Technical Supervisor and Cornish Faculty to build and manage standards in the theaters and work rooms
  • Attends CSES department, show, and event meetings when scheduled by the Technical Supervisor
  • Helps the Technical Supervisor maintain a safe work environment
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in theatrical lighting
  • 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 venue staff
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills; proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
  • Strong leadership and delegation skills
  • Experience with PC or Mac
  • Proficient in cloud based work platforms, primarily Google Drive and associated apps
  • Comfortable working above the stage floor on grids, catwalks, ladders, and lifts
  • Skill in lighting console programming and lighting equipment repair (primarily the ETC line)
  • Understanding of network-based lighting systems
  • Experience with LED lighting equipment, intelligent fixtures and systems
  • Understanding of design processes
  • Experience with drafting programs (Vectorworks 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
  • Ability to lift 50-70lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience in a union theater
  • Experience with student work environments
  • First aid, AED, and CPR training (training provided)
  • Fall Arrest training (training provided)
  • Aerial lift certification (training provided)
  • Some experience with other theatrical specialties such as carpentry, sound, and projection

Department:    Creative Spaces and Event Services (CSES)
Reports To:      CSES Technical Supervisor
Supervises:      Swings, Staff Assistants and Overhire staff
Pay Grade:       $26.55/hour (subject to change based on CBA)
Guarantee:      30 hours/week, 30 weeks min. (subject to change based on CBA); with additional summer hours, as needed, to support summer classes and shows.
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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