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Lighting Supervisor

Job Title: Lighting Supervisor 
Department: Electrics 
Reports To: Production Manager 
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-time 
Pay Tier: 4 
Compensation: $55k-$60k/year, competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary supplemental benefits, 401(k), vacation, sick time, parental leave and paid holidays. 
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2023 
Trinity Repertory Company seeks a highly motivated and skilled Lighting Supervisor. The Lighting Supervisor is a key part of the Trinity Repertory Company production staff. This individual will manage and oversee the preparation and execution of all light plots for two separate theater spaces, lead electrics crews during light hang, troubleshoot and repair equipment, and support the lighting and electrics needs for occasional special events as needed. This position also alternates coverage at technical rehearsals with the Assistant Lighting Supervisor; this requires some weekend and evening availability. Ideal candidates have strong experience with Vectorworks, Lightwright, ETC EOS programing, MS Office, Electrical theory, and ETC Net-3 networks. Candidate must be able to physically and comfortably work on ladders and at heights in excess of 20 feet and be able to move and install objects up to 35 pounds. Basic carpentry/rigging skills a plus. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Prepare, hang, focus, and strike light plots supported by the Electrics staff and other overhire staff. 
  • Attend meetings with stage management, design teams, and production staff and serve as the representative of the Lighting and Electrics Department. 
  • Oversee and perform maintenance of lighting equipment (including dimmers, racks, and individual instruments), performance spaces, and workshops. 
  • Collaborate and support lighting designers and directors to attain their artistic vision on stage. 
  • Lead a safe and positive work environment.  
  • Advancing, supporting, and promoting organizational inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and antiracism goals in staffing, policies, procedures, and practices. 
  • Update departmental and production paperwork through Vectorworks, Lightwright, and MS Office programs. 
  • Track and maintain departmental budgets for labor and materials.  
  • Supervise and oversee schedules for Electrics staff, which includes an Assistant Lighting Supervisor, two Light Board Operators, and an Electrics Apprentice. 
  • Serve as a lead member of the production staff, alongside other production department heads for Scenery, Props, Costumes, Audio/Visual, and Paint. 
  • Support Trinity Rep in fostering our core values of Company, Community, and Education and in our work to become an anti-racist institution. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Supervisory Responsibilities: 
Oversee, manage, and lead lighting hang, focus, and strikes with 4 full-time direct reports of various skill levels and occasional over-hire electricians. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting in interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; employee performance appraisal and development; and maintaining a safe and respectful work environment. 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Education and/or Experience
Three or more years professional theater or event lighting employment; interest and/or involvement in an arts related enterprise; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
Technical Skills/Knowledge
  • General knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment 
  • Ability to read a light plot 
  • Vectorworks and Lightwright proficiency 
  • Operation of ETC EOS family lighting consoles 
  • Programming of moving light fixtures and accessories 
  • Operation of common portable and stationary power tools 
  • Basic knowledge of electrical theory and safe wiring practices 
  • Basic rigging experience 
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • Ability to set up and work on extension ladders and scaffolding. 
  • Ability to work safely at heights of up to 20’. 
  • Ability to move, position, and install objects weighing up to 35 lbs. 
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • Schedule includes regular nights and weekends. 
  • The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high. 
  • The light level in the work environment ranges from light to dark. 
  • Trinity Rep is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams. 
  • Trinity Rep is on an active and ongoing journey to be anti-racist organization, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice, and equity. 
  • This position does not require travel. 
  • All work for this position is required to be completed in person.  
  • Trinity Rep requires all staff to be fully vaccinated, including the Bivalent booster shot, against COVID-19.  
Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For information about Trinity Rep’s commitment to antiracism, please visit 
Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating productions and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Whether classical or contemporary, all of Trinity Rep’s productions connect audiences with the play and each other in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for 40+ years and made memories for over a million audience members. Trinity Rep shapes the future of the nation’s theater through the development and production of new plays, as well as the tuition-free Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program – one of the leading programs for actor and director training in the world. 
Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection through its commitment to forming meaningful community partnerships, creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, delivering exceptional customer service, and connecting patrons with its resident company of artists. Trinity Rep has resolved to place antiracism at the center of its work, and has embarked on a robust planning process to develop and implement a bold new vision for theater making, education, and community engagement, founded on the principles of genuine equity and antiracism. 
Located in downtown Providence, Trinity Rep has long been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region. Typically employing over 250 artists, educators, and administrators, the organization generates nearly $21 million in direct and indirect economic activity annually. It is one of 76 theaters nationwide with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theaters), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies. 
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