Theatre Technician Lead, Level 1 (Kaye Playhouse)

New York, NY
Apr 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Lead Theatre Technician is responsible for performing complex technical or oversight duties or supervising and coordinating other technical theatre crew related to specific production elements such as lighting/electrics, audio, carpentry, rigging, costumes/wardrobe, properties, and scenic artistry that are not a part of the instructional functions of an academic department. Employees in this title model professional and artistic standards and may function as an Assistant to the designated supervisor, assuming the duties of the supervisor in his/her absence. All personnel perform related work.

Level I

The Lead Theatre Technician works under general supervision reporting to the Director of the Theatre, Production Manager, Technical Director or designee, with a limited amount of independent initiative, judgment and independent decision making.

Level II

The Lead Theatre Technician works under general direction of the Director of the Theatre, Production Manager, Technical Director or designee with responsibility for utilizing initiative, judgment and some independent decision making.

  • Participates in the planning and design of specific production areas such as lighting, sound, scenery, costumes and properties.
  • Oversees, coordinates and/or participates in load in and strike of all sets, lighting, audio, costumes and props.
  • Trains other technical crew in various production elements.
  • Monitors and maintains stage safety, instructing crew in safety standards.
  • Schedules and prioritizes technical theatre work in coordination with other Departments.
  • Coordinates the requirements of various production elements such as lighting, audio, props, scenery, etc., with the production manager/technical director or designee.
  • Informs supervisory personnel promptly of all problems.
  • Executes and/or designs sound cues.
  • Oversees and participates in the set up and operation of sound or acoustical equipment or systems.
  • Oversees and participates in the hanging and focusing of lighting equipment including running lighting control boards.
  • Designs and executes lighting cues.
  • Functions as or oversees costumer, draper, clutter or wardrobe.
  • Functions as or oversees properties coordinator, artisan or props master.
  • Ensures the proper care and maintenance of house inventory and theatre related equipment using systems as determined by the college.
  • Reads design plans and directs and/or performs the construction and or painting of scenic elements.
  • Oversees and/or participates in the rigging, welding, setup, assembly and installation of scenic elements.
  • Provides liaison between designers and technical crew.
  • May order supplies and equipment.
  • May prepare and submit work orders.
  • May perform duties of the Theatre Technician and/or the Theatre Technician Specialist as required.


Theatre Technician Lead




Reporting to the Kaye Playhouse Production Manager this Lead Theatre Technician directly supervise the IATSE technical staff at Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College.

Campus specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of the ETC ION 2000 Lighting Console; including programming, patching and troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge of ETC Net 2 system. Ability to set up and assign DMX controlled fixtures and effects for proper control.
  • Knowledge of the iPad remote control for ETC ION200 Lighting Console. Be able to call up dimmer, channels and patch, and all other basic functions.
  • Ability to set-up puck with remote video for designers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot DMX control problems.
  • Ability to maintain and repair lighting instruments, cable and all house electric equipment.

The Kaye Playhouse is a bright and charming fully-equipped Proscenium-style theatre. The 624 seat house is designed in the elegant 1940's Moderne style, with plush seating upholstered in crimson velveteen. Each season The Kaye Playhouse hosts over 200 events, bringing an eclectic mix of live performances to over 100,000 theatergoers annually, making the Kaye Playhouse a venue of extraordinary programming for Manhattan's Upper East Side.


At Level I:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent and five (5) years of full time experience with technical stage and theatre in one or more of the following production areas: set up, production and strike; lighting and electric; audio and sound; carpentry and rigging; costumes and wardrobe; properties; or scenic artistry. One (1) year of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity.
  2. A combination of education and experience equivalent to number 1 above, however all candidates must possess one year of technical stage and theatre work experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.

At Level II:

  1. To be appointed at level II, candidates must have one additional year of full time technical stage and theatre work experience as described in number 1 above, in a lead or supervisory capacity.


  • Apprentice or intern experience on a technical stage/theatre crew is acceptable on an equivalent basis toward the qualifying work experience.
  • College credits in a program major of Theatre Technology, Theatre/Drama or a closely related filed can be substituted for the general technical work experience with 60 college credits equal to one (1) year of work experience.
  • A Masters degree in Theatre/Drama or a closely related field can be substituted for up to two years of general technical theatre experience.
  • At the time of recruitment the college can specify the specific areas of technical theatre experience required for the position.
  • Due to the nature of theatrical/stage production schedules, employees in this title may be required to work any of the following; irregular schedules; extended days; evening, night or day hours; weekends and holidays.




CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the application instructions. Please have your curriculum vitae/ resume and scholarly interest or cover letter with names and contact information of 3 references available to attach into the application before you begin. Please note that the required material must be uploaded as ONE document. The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.


Open until filled with review of applications to begin February 2, 2017.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: Hunter College

Job Title: Theatre Technician Lead, Level 1 (Kaye Playhouse)

Job ID: 16229

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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