6 Jun 2024


Special Assistant Moving Light Ops/Electrician

The 5th Avenue Theatre  →   Seattle, WA


The 5th Avenue Theatre job

Job Description

Position: Special Assistant/Moving Light Programmer and Theatrical Electrician
Department: Production
Reports to: Head Electrician
FLSA Classification: Hourly
Compensation: The base pay rate is set by the current IATSE Local 15 CBA contract rate, currently at $42.70.
Benefits: Benefits are provided through Local 15 according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Work Locations: Downtown Seattle. The 5th Avenue Theatre and administrative office located within Skinner Building (1326 5th Avenue, Suite 735), The 5th Avenue Scene Shop (860 S Cambridge St, Seattle, WA 98108), and our Kent, WA warehouse (22703 72nd Ave S,)


The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theaters.

As a nonprofit company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals, enrich the community with this art form, and give the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. Through our nationally acclaimed education programs, we reach more than 75,000 young people with programs designed to develop new musicals and ensure the next generation of great musical storytelling.

We share a core belief that Musical Theatre is critical to uplifting and reflecting the humanity around us, and that The 5th Avenue is a vital resource for Seattle, Downtown, and The Pacific Northwest. Our diversity of people and talents are unified behind these truths, working hard to make great art and sustain a great work culture of belonging & inclusion.

Applications from those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the theatrical industry are strongly encouraged. We are striving for our staff to be inclusive of a diverse and vibrant community that represents multiple identities, perspectives & influences.


Special Assistant/Moving Light Programmer and Theatrical Electrician

Position Summary

The Special Assistant Programmer/Theatrical Electrician programs moving lights for mainstage shows in the season. Working with the Head Electrician, Production Electrician and the Electrics Department, this role also participates in show prep, hang, maintenance, and repair of electrics equipment. Additional work may be available as a swing for show run crew.

This position is represented by IATSE, Local No. 15.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Program Moving Lights
  • Work with Production Electrician to prep equipment for productions.
  • Assisting the Head Electrician and Assistant Electrician by running small crews to accomplish specific tasks.
  • Operating and maintaining department-related items and equipment including, but not limited to, lighting instruments and accessories, fog/haze/special effects machines, cable, lighting systems and networks.
  • Turning on or off the stage power distribution panels in order to activate or deactivate a piece of equipment.
  • Comply with all safety and security procedures related to the show and The 5th Avenue Theatre’s safety policies.
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of The 5th Avenue Theatre, including personnel rules and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Uphold the artistic standards and achieve the artistic vision of The 5th Avenue Theatre.
  • Model and support the mission and values of The 5th Avenue Theatre.


Essential Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Experience with EOS family consoles, primarily the TI and ION. Experience with console partitions and multiple programmer/user set ups a plus.
  • The successful candidate will be proficient at performing in a range of electrics positions, including light board operator, spotlight operator and stage deck electrician.
  • Functional knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits.
  • Knowledge of power tie-ins and disconnects.
  • Experience with LED/pixel tape setup, low voltage dimming, A/V & various theatrical special effects is a plus.
  • The ability to work as a team member and independently is required.
  • Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) on a PC, AutoCAD and or Vectorworks. Lightwright, Google applications.
  • Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages.
  • General knowledge of theatrical safety.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English primarily).
  • Analyze and explore issues pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Physical Requirements

  • Candidate should be able to program for extended periods of time; up to 14 hours a day.
  •  Candidate should be able to stand and work for the extent of the work day.
  • Ability to lift, move, push, pull 20-4 lbs. occasionally, alone or with assistance
  • Duties will require stooping, bending, reaching and sitting.
  • Candidate will occasionally be required to work at height from a ladder, fixed position or platform, or mobile personnel lift.
  • Candidate will train on head protection and fall protection strategies used at 5th Ave Theatre.


To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume & 3 references by July 15 to careers@5thavenue.org.
Please include “Special Assistant/Moving Light Programmer/Theatrical Electrician” in the subject line.


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Special Assistant Moving Light Ops/Electrician
The 5th Avenue Theatre
 Seattle, WA

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant, lighting, non-profit, and performing arts. States: Washington.
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