Stage technician

A stage technician


Stage technicians control different aspects of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. They prepare and perform the setup, program the equipment and operate various  systems. Stage technicians take care of lighting, sound, video, sets and/or fly systems. Their work is based on plans, instructions and calculations. They can work in small venues, theatres and other small artistic productions.

Stage technicians typically do the following duties:

  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of stage equipment, including lighting, sound, and video systems, as well as props, scenery, and stage elements.
  • Operate lighting consoles to control the placement, intensity, and color of stage lighting during performances, following cues from the lighting designer or director.
  • Set up and operate audio systems, including microphones, speakers, mixing consoles, and playback devices, ensuring clear and balanced sound for performers and audience members.
  • Assist with the installation and operation of video projection systems, screens, and cameras, coordinating with the video designer or director to ensure proper visual effects and content display.
  • Collaborate with stage managers, directors, and performers to ensure smooth transitions and cues during rehearsals and performances, communicating effectively through backstage communication systems.
  • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment, ensuring proper functionality and addressing any technical issues that may arise during performances.
  • Follow safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for all crew members and performers, including proper handling of electrical equipment, rigging procedures, and stage movements.
  • Participate in load-ins and load-outs, assisting with the transportation and placement of equipment and scenery, and ensuring efficient use of space backstage.
  • Maintain an organized and clean backstage area, ensuring proper storage and inventory management of equipment, tools, and supplies.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends related to stage production, attending training sessions or workshops to enhance technical skills and knowledge.
  • Adapt to the specific requirements of different productions, including adjusting lighting, sound, or video cues based on the unique needs of each performance.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to stage technician:

theater technician
stage technician coordinator
all round event technician
stage technician manager
audio video and lighting technician
allround stage technician
theater technics operator
all round engineer
multi-skilled stage technician
all round theatre technician
stage technician assistant
audio visuals & lighting technician
theater technical operator
theatre technician
multi-skilled theatre operator
event technician
theatre technical operator
theatre technics operator
theatre technical officer
sound, lighting and video technician

Working conditions

Stage technicians work in indoor and sometimes outdoor settings, depending on the nature of the production. They may work in theaters, concert halls, arenas, or other performance venues. The work environment can be fast-paced and demanding, especially during rehearsals and live performances. Stage technicians often work evenings, weekends, and holidays to support scheduled events. They may be required to lift heavy equipment, climb ladders, and work at heights while ensuring their safety and the safety of others. Collaboration and effective communication with other crew members and performers are essential for successful stage productions.

Minimum qualifications

While formal education requirements can vary, many stage technicians acquire their skills through vocational programs, technical schools, or on-the-job training. Some technicians may have a degree in theater production, technical theater, or a related field. Hands-on experience and practical training in stagecraft, lighting, sound, and rigging are crucial. Familiarity with stage equipment, including lighting consoles, audio mixers, and video systems, is necessary. Strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work well under pressure are important qualities for stage technicians. They should also have a good understanding of safety protocols and procedures in a live production environment.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Stage technician is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Stage technician career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to stage technician.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of stage technician. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of stage technician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

mask maker
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Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of stage technician.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of stage technician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

ISCO group and title

3435 – Other artistic and cultural associate professionals

  1. Stage technician – ESCO
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Last updated on June 26, 2023

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