Lighting and Stage Supervisor

Princeton, NJ
Apr 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7351
Department Lewis Center for the Arts
Category Arts and Museum Administration
Date Posted 4/14/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Lewis Center for the Arts is seeking a Full Time Lighting and Stage Supervisor. The Lighting and Stage Supervisor is an integral part of the production team. Supervised by the Production Manager, the team includes a Production Stage Manager, Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager and full shop staffs. The Lighting and Stage Supervisor will lead the stage operations group, which consists of a Theater Technician and Sound Engineer whose duties are to serve as house crew for the Black Box Theater and Dance Theater, and support all Programs in the Theater and Dance spaces. The ideal candidate will organize, maintain, and operate the stage, rigging, lighting, and A/V equipment in all spaces. They will be responsible for the strike, changeover, and set up for rehearsals, special events and performances. They will supervise and train staff, casual labor, and students on equipment operation, safety and run crew policies. The Lighting and Stage Supervisor and/or their staff will be onsite for all tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. This is a full time, 10-month position with a comprehensive benefits package.

The Lewis Center for the Arts produces over 100 events every year, many of them under the Programs in Theater and Dance. Those two programs each produce between 10 and 12 productions annually that require a full production team to execute. In addition, The Lewis Center for the Arts is opening a new arts complex in the fall of 2017 and expanding our operations, performance spaces and staff. A 3,600-square-foot dance theater with flexible seating for up to 120 and a 3,600-square-foot black box theater with flexible seating for up to 150 will augment the existing 350 seat Berlind Theater. The new complex will also house acting studios, dance studios, a design studio, a lighting lab and a separate music wing. This expansion and addition of state of the art equipment and technology provides the opportunity for increased learning by our students as well as a great opportunity for the right individual to join our production team in a new and vital role.


  • Serve as or Supervise the Master Electrician for all productions in the Black Box Theater, Dance Theater and Studios; Supervise load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals and show calls; Maintain all lighting, audio, video, scenic and rigging equipment in the theaters and studios; Enforce safe work practices ensuring a safe working environment for all.

  • Hire, schedule and supervise production crew of staff, casuals and students; Train students, staff and casuals as needed in all in all aspects of production including but not limited to lighting, audio, video, carpentry and rigging; Design, manage and operate lighting for one off events such as readings, lectures, showings.

  • Work closely with students, faculty and guest artists on all aspects of the design process, with an emphasis on lighting and technology; Work closely with students with STEM backgrounds on using the tools of technology in the theater; Mentor student designers throughout the design and tech process; Work closely with faculty, staff, guest artists and students of the Theater and Dance Programs to maintain the high standards that The Lewis Center is known for through out the community.

  • Collaborate with the Production Manager on repertory light plots; Maintain drawings and paperwork for repertory light and sound plots; Maintain software and networks in the theaters and studios; Research new developments in theatrical technologies; Maintain a strong working knowledge of all current theatrical technologies, with an emphasis on lighting technologies; Advise on theatrical equipment systems maintenance, upgrades and capital improvements; Maintain good working relationships with vendors


  • 5 - 7 years experience
  • Broad working knowledge of all aspects of technical design and production. Interest in researching current trends and new developments in theater technology.
  • Proven supervisory skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, positive attitude, team player, collaboration skills, problem solving skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated, organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to make thoughtful and timely decisions responding to shifting priorities and challenges as they arise.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work a schedule that varies from week to week and includes nights and weekends
  • Proficient in Vectorworks, Light write, QLab, Google Drive and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of or experience with some of the following equipment and systems. Desire and ability to learn the rest:
    • Specialized, hands-on knowledge of lighting systems and electrics. Proficient in ETC equipment, computerized consoles, intelligent lighting, DMX and networking. Specifically:
  • ETC EOS-Ti, ION, and Element control consoles
  • ETC Net3+ networks
  • ETC Source 4 Lustr2, Desire D60, Martin Mac Aura, and Viper Performance fixtures
  • Knowledge of modern rigging practices (manual and motorized), lighting, sound and projection operation and programming, basic stage engineering, scenic construction and system maintenance. Familiarity with some or all the following equipment:
  • Yamaha CL1 and 3 mixing consoles
  • Dante digital audio platforms
  • Avid Pro Tools HD Thunderbolt audio recording
  • Newtek Tricaster 460 production switcher
  • Crestron control and presentation systems
  • R. Clancy SceneControl 5200P & Powerlift Hoists
  • CM Lodestar BGV-C1 Chain Hoists
  • Teaching experience a plus.
  • BA/BS/BFA. MFA a plus.
  • Touring experience and valid drivers license a plus.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 040

Standard Weekly Hours


Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

Nights and weekends

Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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