Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Special Effects Training Program *trainee | Playbill

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Special Effects Training Program *trainee

CATEGORY: Technical

Bespoke Theatricals
New York, NY

Job Details


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is interviewing candidates for a Special Effects Training Program for emerging and historically underrepresented theater technicians and stagehands. The Special Effects Trainee will work towards a career as a professional stagehand with an emphasis on special effects systems and magic. This program will include membership into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Associated Crafts Technician (ACT) and the opportunity to test for multiple levels of Certificates of Fitness for Pyrotechnics from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). 

Training Program Summary:

Throughout the duration of a nine-month (to one-year) program, the Special Effects Trainee will work hands on with the creating, maintaining, setting, building and operating the special effects magic onstage for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Under the guidance of the Special Effects Team, Stage Managers and the Crew at the Lyric Theatre, this advanced training program will include but not be limited to: 

· Preparing and building custom flash loads for handheld pyrotechnic devices.

· Safety systems and protocols for live performances with special effects, flame, and pyrotechnics.

· Routine scheduled maintenance of equipment on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly schedule.

· Proper operation and care of:

· Luminous Liquid Flame Projectors

· Natural Gas Appliances

· Butane Ignition Systems

· Galaxis G-Flame Mortars

· CO2 Blasters

· SCUBA Equipment

· Proper storage, handling, and transfer techniques for:

· Flash Products and Powders

· Methanol Flame Fluids

· Butane Fuel Cells

· Isopropyl Alcohol

· Liquid Carbon Dioxide

· Nitrogen


· Programming and safety procedures for the Galaxis Advanced Wireless Firing System.

· Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the Special Effects Team, Production Management, or Producer.  

Qualifications and Background:

This training is for entertainment industry technicians and stagehands who wish to be immersed in special effects and magic. Qualified applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of professional or pre-professional experience in theater, film, or television. Experience and familiarity with stage production, design, and/or special effects is preferred. We welcome applications of all theater disciplines, especially those with experience or familiarity with any of the following: 

· Stage Lighting, Properties and Sound

· Set Fabrication (Carpentry, Welding and Manufacturing)

· Plumbing

· Electrical

· Engineering and Design


· Industrial Gas

· Hazardous Materials

In addition, the most successful candidates will require excellent interpersonal skills:

· Ability to work well with Cast, Crew and Management

· Maintain calm composure under pressure 

· Quickly assess a problem and communicate issues in a clear and concise manner. 

· Be responsive to queries and direction. 

Schedule and Availability:

Months 1-3: 1-2 days per week

· After a 4 week review, the candidate may be written letters of recommendation to take the FDNY E-30 Special Effects Fire Safety

o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/all-certifications/cof-e30.page

o https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/business/cof-e30-noe-study-materials.pdf

Month 3-6: 2-3 days per week

· After a 3-6 month review, the candidate may be written letters of recommendation  to take the FDNY E-27 Pyrotechnic Apprentice

o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/all-certifications/cof-e27.page

o https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/business/cof-e27-study-materials.pdf

Month 9-12: 3-4 days per week

· After a 9-12 months review, the candidate may be written letters of recommendation to take the FDNY E-19 Pyrotechnic Special Effect (Class B)*

o https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/business/all-certifications/cof-e19.page

o https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/fdny/downloads/pdf/business/cof-e19-noe.pdf

*Please note that the typical timeline is about 1 year


The compensation for this training program includes $500/day up to four (4) days per week per the above schedule.

To apply:

If interested please send a resume to [email protected] with subject line “FX Training Program.”

Equal Opportunity and Inclusion:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an Equal Opportunity Employer where the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything we do. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We believe that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Therefore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is especially interested in candidates whose identities have been historically underrepresented backstage.

Company Background:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has two US-based sit-down productions, one on Broadway (New York, NY) that began performances in March of 2018 and another in San Francisco, CA that began performances in October 2019. Both productions were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic since mid-March 2020. The Broadway production reopened November of 2021and the SF reopened in January 2022, both as open-ended productions. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced worldwide by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. The two US productions are general managed by Bespoke Theatricals with production management by Juniper Street Productions. 


Jun 6, 2022







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