Head Electrician, Sharp Theater | Playbill

Head Electrician, Sharp Theater

CATEGORY: Technical

The Juilliard School
New York, NY


Jessica Rothbart

Job Details



The Sharp Theater Head Electrician is a member of the Electrics Shop, a talented team of highly trained technicians and artisans. Reporting to the Electrics Shop Supervisor, they are primarily responsible for executing all lighting needs in the Peter J. Sharp Theater, from small concerts to full scale productions. This is a full time, year round position with a salary range of $67,000 - $70,000.

Working at Juilliard

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Excellence and professionalism are important guides in how we go about our work, but we also connect to the mission as individuals in the workplace. We thrive because of our variety of backgrounds and our ability to be open and honest, and we also thrive because we enjoy each other’s company. We believe that each employee has the responsibility to help shape the Juilliard organizational culture, and we provide opportunities to participate in team-building throughout the year. Our organizational values focus on excellence, creative enterprise, and equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

We encourage you to read more about how we achieve our mission on our website, juilliard.edu.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with the various professional Lighting Designers to assess proposed designs and once approved, execute the technical design, preparing all pertinent paperwork as required.
  • Assists in determining the appropriate crew calls and note sessions with the Electrics Shop Supervisor and the Lighting Designer.
  • Supervises electrics crews throughout the production process, insuring that all lighting/video equipment is properly and safely hung and focused for productions. Wires all practicals for shows as required.
  • Attends all production meetings, rehearsals and performances so as to maintain the integrity of the production, informing the Electrics Shop Supervisor as to the status of the production throughout the process.
  • Prepares the theater for tech rehearsals with headsets, cue lights, and running lights as needed.
  • Instruct the Stage Supervisors and Stage Managers in regards to the equipment available to them.
  • Works with both the Sound Supervisor and Staff Electrician to understand the basic sound/video needs for each production and to assist in the set-up and maintenance thereof.
  • Archives show productions and all related paperwork and files. Maintains the concert light plot equipment and supervises all electrics aspects of all workshops, concerts, and associated rehearsals.
  • Assists with the training of apprentices in the areas of maintenance, as assistants, and as light board operators.
  • Works on load-ins, focus, and crew calls in other spaces as time allows.
  • Fulfills maintenance duties on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis in all theaters and the electrics shops.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years experience as a Head Electrician in a professional venue.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team player and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Computer literacy including the use of Lightwright and Vectorworks.

Preferred Background:

• Previous experience in a multi-purpose performance space, specifically a fly house with both manual and electric line sets.
• Familiarity with theatrical rigging.
• Experience on opera, drama, and dance productions.
• Experience in AutoCAD helpful.

Although not required, a cover letter is highly encouraged as part of applications.

Nondiscrimination Policy:

The Juilliard School is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its faculty, staff, students, and other members of the Juilliard community, and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, alienage, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, partnership status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal law. This nondiscrimination policy covers, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, benefits, rates of pay and other forms of compensation as well as student admission, access, and treatment in school programs and activities.


$67,000.00 – $70,000.00 per year







60 Lincoln Center Plz
New York, NY 10023


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