Operate technical equipment and systems in the performing arts and entertainment industry.
What does a Stage Technician do?
In the performing arts and the entertainment industry, stage technicians set up props, rigging, lights, audio equipment, and stages for shows in studios, theaters, stadiums, and arenas. After understanding stage blueprints and layout specifications written by producers or directors, you decide with stage managers where to set props, sets, and audio and lighting equipment for particular shows.
Some of the practical work of a stage technician includes gathering and using props, as well as building extra stages, props, and scenery, sometimes with the use of power and hand tools. Physical fitness to hold and move equipment, fix props, and stand or move around for long hours is a prerequisite.
In some instances, you need to climb to ceiling grids, move on shafts, insert cables in the grids, fix curtain ropes, equipment, props, counterbalance weights, and support pipes. Stage technicians also operate audio and lighting equipment in practices and shows in response to visual or sound cues.
While no formal education is required, you must have experience in similar jobs through school drama, volunteering, or other jobs, and you should have an interest in theater, attention to detail, and the ability to work on a team.