Theatre Technician

Job summary

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As a Top Employer in Hamilton-Niagara, Brock University offers unique opportunities in leadership, teaching, research, student support services, and administration. We have a history of developing the strength and career potential of our employees.

We are on the cusp of something new and exciting. We are launching into our next 50 years and are looking for people with passion, energy, and a strong desire to help our students achieve their goals.

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A Day in the Life
Reporting to the Theatre Technical Production Manager, the Theatre Technician is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing the maintenance and operation of the performance-related technical equipment within the Dramatic Arts Department. The incumbent also acts as a technical resource expert for groups using the performance space, and provides guidance and support to Student Stagehands. This position will be 9 months/year – December through August.

As the Theatre Technician, you will:

  • Participate in set-up and strike of stage, lighting, sound, seating layout changes in the performance spaces, ensuring all equipment and spaces are in place for the commencement of performances, rehearsals and other events.
  • Maintain the general upkeep of the backstage areas, including storage areas, in collaboration with the production team, ensuring all items are kept clean, tidy and in order at all times.
  • Serve as a technical resource expert for groups using the performance spaces; coordinate with the representative using the space to determine technical requirements and provide technical support and assistance.
  • Monitor the condition of equipment; troubleshoot and resolve problems with production equipment.
  • Manage the lending/renting of the technical elements within the department, and to external users, including coordinating the delivery and tracking the items rented to ensure safe and on-time return.
  • Report any accidents/incidents to the Production Manager.
  • Maintain at all times a safe and secure working environment and ensure all health and safety policies are adhered to in relation to performance spaces, technical equipment and internal/external users.
  • Prepare and equip teaching spaces for regular classes; provide basic furniture and acting equipment/supplies to instructors, as required.
  • Inform instructors and students on available resources and appropriate access to storage, equipment and materials.
  • Participate in set-up and strike for directing projects and class outcomes as required in collaboration with instructors and students, as required.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations in evaluating the course projects with a production outcome, as required.
  • Maintain an up-to-date inventory of all technical assets including consumables and theater production equipment; ensure all equipment are appropriately stored and controlled; coordinate the repair and replacement of equipment.
  • Work with the Production Manager to ensure the Health and Safety policies are remained up-to-date, relevant and legally compliant.
  • Maintain a variety of files and records, including manual for technical equipment and H&S policies and procedures.
  • Act as a main technical contact to liaise with staff, faculty members, contractors and supplies; build and maintain and strong working relationship to facilitate a smooth operation of the DART activities.
  • Provide guidance and directions to Stagehands in order to serve a range of departmental activities required by the Production Manager.


What you Need to Succeed

  • College Diploma in Technical Theatre, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years in production departments of professional theatres.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all areas of theatrical production in diverse theatre organization models.
  • Strong working knowledge of operational characteristics and techniques used in the theater production sound and lighting equipment.
  • Excellent grasp of stage lighting, sound, design, and technical/electrical requirements, including knowledge of basic electricity and of lighting and audio control systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret blue prints and technical drawings.
  • Strong understanding of Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing, spreadsheet, and internet search engines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic structural integrity pertaining to materials commonly used in the industry, including rigging and set assembly.
  • Commitment to the art of the theatre.
  • Ability to collaborate to achieve the creative vision of director/designer/team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and good collaboration skills to work with faculty, staff, artists, students, and contractors.
  • A high level of professionalism to interact effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines.
  • Ability to work within a variety of production processes.
  • Ability to work creatively with limited physical space, challenging schedules, and tight design delivery times.
  • Ability to respond quickly to meet client needs and resolve problems.
  • Typical shop construction and storage environments. Typical backstage environment, work in darkness with time pressures.
  • Irregular and long hours are required to meet production deadlines, including many weekend and evening hours.

Preferred or Asset Skills:

  • Membership at CITT, USITT or similar organization;
  • Experience in an academic environment.


Experience the Benefits of Working at Brock.
Learning and career development are natural elements of an academic environment. At Brock, career development is ingrained in our culture. On average, 45- 60% of our hires are a result of internal movement**. Our Senior Leadership, Staff, and Faculty help drive our collaborative culture. Learn more about how our employees feel about their employment experience at Brock University by visiting

** 2016 metrics
Salary and Benefit Information
– $48,629-$71,881*
– This position includes benefits coverage, including tuition waiver.

* The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by assessing related skills, experience, internal equity and market competitiveness, subject to available budget.

Our Commitment
Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy ( Please advise Melanie Foster, Talent Acquisition Consultant, to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

This position is included in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (IATSE).

Apply by May 22, 2018.
Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview with be contacted.

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