8 Oct 2021


Associate Head of Lighting and Projection

Guthrie Theater  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Job Description

Reports to: Head of Lighting and Projection


The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.

Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.


The Guthrie Theater would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations. 


The Associate Head of Lighting and Projection is responsible for assisting the Head of Lighting and Projection in the day-to-day management and operation of the Lighting Department and ensuring that the needs of guest Lighting Designers are met in order to support their designs. This position provides work direction to members of the Lighting and Projection team. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.

This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation for this position is $50,800 – $63,500 annually plus benefits. This role may work 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, or 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, depending on the production schedule.

The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.


  1. Leadership and Supervision
  • Assist the Head of Lighting and Projection with supervision of and provide work direction to the Lighting and Projection staff.
  • Actively participate in fostering a work environment incorporating the Guthrie values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.
  • Attend and/or run department meetings to communicate pertinent information to the Lighting Department staff and the wider production staff when necessary.
  • Coach and develop Lighting Department staff by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; and ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Act as back up to the Head of Lighting and Projection in maintaining timesheets, Personal Time Off requests and other personnel records when required. 
  1. Designer Collaboration and Support
  • In conjunction with the Head of Lighting and Projection:
    • Collaborate with the design team and other production departments to establish methods for the design and execution of the lighting and/or other elements of productions.
    • Act as a liaison with production departments on interdepartmental projects.
    • Consult with designers and production department members on any issues that arise during the production process which pertain to the build, installation, and strike of lighting equipment.
  • Attend weekly Production Meetings and share pertinent information with Lighting Department staff
  • Attend Technical Notes Sessions after technical rehearsals.
  • Attend focus calls, technical rehearsals, and some or all of the previews for a given production. 
  1. Design Documentation
  • Create and/or maintain all lighting paperwork, including, but not limited to: CAD plot drafting, hookups & instrument schedules, focus charts, tracksheets, spot cue sheets, magic sheets, and any other lighting paperwork deemed necessary for any Guthrie production or presentation
  • Assist Lighting Designers in communicating daily work notes to the Head of Lighting and Projection and Lighting staff in a clear, concise and effective manner.
  • Assist the Lighting Designer in creatively and effectively using all the theater’s resources in the execution of their design.
  • Build and/or update word processing, spreadsheet or database documents and CAD drafting files to keep all relevant Lighting Department files current and readily available.
  1. Administration
  • Organize and prepare information for daily workflow and maintenance of the lighting shop.
  • Manage lighting stock, storage and common areas to ensure safety and security.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to determine and implement archival systems about each production for future reference.
  • Maintain files on shows.
  • Maintain and update equipment inventory lists, databases or spreadsheets
  • Assist the Head of Lighting and Projection with the managerial needs of the Lighting Department.
  • In collaboration with the Lighting Supervisor, establish crew calls during technical rehearsals.
  • Provide on-site direction to lighting staff on various projects.
  • Assist the Head of Lighting and Projection in researching and procuring departmental equipment and supplies.
  • Determine needs for departmental purchases and assist the Head of Lighting and Projection in budget-tracking tasks.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience in theater or commercial theatrical lighting production. Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervision and project management experience.
  • Demonstrated professional diplomacy in personnel management and designer collaboration.
  • Proficient CAD and hand drafting skills to build, maintain and update all pertinent lighting drawings.
  • Demonstrated experience in ETC EOS, Vectorworks and Lightwright.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office® products, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Working knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of current best health and safety practice within the US Theatre Industry
  • Skill and experience in creative problem solving to meet the artistic needs of the show within time and financial requirements.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Works well under pressure and responds calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process.
  • Strong commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.



For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Apply online here


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Associate Head of Lighting and Projection
Guthrie Theater
 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, lighting, management, and theatre. States: Minnesota.
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