Director of Lighting & Sound | Playbill

Director of Lighting & Sound

CATEGORY: Technical

Athens Theatre


Frank Ramirez

Job Details


Director of Lighting & Sound

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years of management experience in the fields of theatrical lighting and sound.
  • Proficient in the use of Office Suite, Lightwrite, Q-lab, Vectorworks, or AutoCAD.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or comparable experience.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions: The following duties are representative of performance expectations. A reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform essential functions.

When used below, the word production refers to Athens Theatre produced musicals and plays. The words rental events refer to road-house rental events such as traveling bands, dance troupes, touring shows, and any booked event outside of the Athens Theatre produced musicals and plays.

  • This position is responsible for all duties generally associated with the Master Electrician position. This includes but is not limited to: planning and participating in hang, focus, and strike of lights for each production; purchasing, ordering, or renting show-related materials and equipment; and general maintenance of lighting systems and equipment.
  • Work with sound designers to ensure the implementation and proper installation of the sound system for each production and rental events.
  • Educate and supervise production staff and performers on the proper use of sound equipment/microphones before, during, and after performances.
  • Keep accurate records of materials, purchases, budgets, and over-hire labor.
  • Implement a basic lighting plot for rental events.
  • Serve as either lightboard operator OR sound engineer for theatrical productions and rental events.
  • Update and maintain inventories of sound and lighting equipment.
  • Supervise over-hire technical staff for rental events to ensure proper use and restoration of equipment.
  • Supervise volunteers who assist with lighting and sound.
  • Collaborate with the Production Manager and Artistic Director to organize, oversee and participate in scenic & lighting strikes after each productions run.
  • Adjusting all venue soft goods as instructed by the scenic designer.
  • When working on rental events, in addition to the management of lighting and sound duties, you will serve as a basic road-house technical director. These duties may include installing any needed band platforming, adjusting soft goods, hanging any banners/signage on stage or from the fly system, making sure any logos are projected correctly via our projection system, etc.
  • All though rare, we may ask in-house staff to assist with scenic builds and offer scenic assistance. This will happen with ample warning, and all tasks will be discussed and assigned as a team with the Production Manager and Artistic Director.
  • Other duties as needed.

Skills and Abilities Required: The following characteristics and physical skills are important for the successful performance of assigned duties.

  • Working knowledge of standard industry computer programs and software. (Lightwright, QLab, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, etc.)
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter, have a positive attitude, and excellent communication skills.
  • Plan, coordinate, and schedule to complete job requests with limited supervision.
  • Work with the Production Manager to coordinate and schedule technicians for lighting and sound on productions and rental events.
  • Working knowledge of the safe operation of counterweight fly systems.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/schedules.
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs and capable of maneuvering and working on a catwalk and/or tension grid.

Supervisory Responsibility: Supervise all lighting or sound personnel at the Athens Theatre.

Working Conditions: Exposure to the following situations may range from remote to frequent based on circumstances and factors that may not be predictable.

  • Must be willing and able to work at heights and in confined locations.
  • Must be willing and able to safely climb ladders and use and operate a Genie lift.


  • Starting salary $35,000 yearly
  • After 90 days and an evaluation, the pay will increase to $38,000 yearly

COVID-19 Safety Procedures:


$35,000 Yearly



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