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Backstage Technician I, II and III - City of Markham

This is a Permanent, Part-time position.

Category: Technical
Province: Markham, Ontario
Position: Backstage Technician I, II and III
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Posted: September 13, 2017

Job Description / Duties

The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life. Join us and make a difference!

Applications are now being accepted for Backstage Technicans I, II, and III at the Flato-Markham Theatre, a division of the Culture Services Department, Community and Fire Services Commission  To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line at www.markham.ca/jobs by September 30, 2017. 

Backstage Technician I

Job Summary
The role of the Backstage Technician Level I is to provide assistance to both the Full Time Theatre Technicians and more experienced Backstage Technicians in terms of physically moving equipment and generally helping more experienced staff with some of the less complicated tasks in the Theatre. This position  is generally filled with students who have a high school diploma or are currently enrolled in a post secondary theatre production program or have industry equivalent experience as a high level of maturity is required when working around sound and lighting equipment.   

Roles and Responsibilities
Under direction from more senior level Backstage Technicians, provides basic level technical support to ensure that Theatre productions are delivered to the clients’ satisfaction.
Handles and moves costumes, lights, props, sets and sound equipment as directed.
Under the direction of the Head of Sound (more experienced Backstage Technician), assists with set-ups and sound checks prior to rehearsals and performances.
Assists with set-up of audio equipment for performances.  Under supervision and with hands-on training from more senior staff, operates audio system for small events.
Under the direction of the Head of Lighting (more experienced Backstage Technician), hangs, focuses and gels lighting instruments prior to rehearsals and performances. Under supervision and with hands-on training from more senior staff, programs and operates manual and computerized lighting control console for less complicated types of shows.  Operates follow spot for productions
Under the direction of the Stage Manager, assists with staging (orchestra equipment, risers etc), sets and properties set-up and running crew for rehearsals and performances. Assists with load-ins and strikes.
Under the supervision of more senior Backstage Technicians and with specific hands-on training, operates select theatrical equipment including stage foggers/hazers, projectors, follow spots, curtains, winch pipes, and other various equipment
Assists more senior Backstage Technicians with backstage communications, maintenance and minor repairs.
Troubleshoots problems during rehearsals and performances to clients’ satisfaction.
Secures all equipment in backstage area in accordance with  City of Markham Health and Safety policies.
Ensures specific safety precautions are followed in the stage area prior to rehearsals and and/or performances when conditions are hazardous (i.e. crowded, dark, foggy, moving elements etc).
Monitors client activity to ensure that  City of Markham building safety policies and procedures are followed
Assists with cleaning the stage and rehearsal hall areas in the building properly at the end of a rental period and performs basic equipment and building maintenance.
Records comprehensive notes in show report regarding the specific area of operation they are responsible for on any specific show.
Assists with evacuation procedures in the event of a fire alarm or other emergency. This includes making announcements in the house for the audience and through the backstage areas for the performers and crew informing people to evacuate.
Unlocks/locks various parts of the building as requested / instructed.

Requirements
Attending or has completed high school.
Knowledge of and/or hands-on trades experience in a specific area (e.g. lighting).
Approximately 200 hours of part-time or volunteer experience working with sound or lighting equipment is preferred.
Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’.
Lift certification (within 3 months of start date).
Fall protection certification (within 3 months of start date).
AED preferred
Good verbal/written communication skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of clients in a courteous and efficient manner.
Basic audio visual and/or other trades’ skills.
Ability to learn technical Theatre language and headset etiquette within a short time-frame.
City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please respect our scent free area by not wearing scented products when visiting the office.   

Backstage Technician II

Job Summary

The role of the Backstage Technician Level II is to provide assistance and support to more senior level technical staff and to assist less experienced Backstage Technicians to learn the more complicated tasks in the Theatre to ensure that all production requirements are met.
With an intermediate level of skill and experience, the position is responsible for both planning and participating in the design, layout and set-up of lighting, props, sets and sound, through use of appropriate theatre techniques for moderately complex productions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reviews the client contract and production schedule for each performance and the required, lighting, sound, set design, props, and/or costumes required by the client, timing and performances. Reviews instructions from  Production & Facility Manager and/or more senior technical staff regarding each production and any special needs of client.
If production is sufficiently large, may meet with assigned Backstage Technicians Level I to review production requirements and assign tasks. Checks all lighting and sound set-up to ensure compliance with health and safety standards and  City of Markham policies.
Develops and maintains good public relations and customer service with the clients of the Theatre. Ensures the client is content with the technical aspects of their show, and with the technical support being provided by the Flato Markham Theatre. May provide technical advice or ensure technical questions are answered for clients through consultation with more senior technical staff.
Creates effective lighting for simple to fairly complicated types of performances.  Makes artistic decisions with regards to colour, angle, size, focus, etc.  Programs and operates manual and computerized lighting consoles and audio analogue and digital consoles.
Operates theatrical equipment including stage foggers/hazers, projectors, follow spots, curtains, winch pipes,  And other various equipment.
Assists more senior staff in the creation of audio plots and sets-up audio equipment for performances.  Makes decisions on microphone selection and placement.  Operates full concert audio system.  Troubleshoots audio problems during a production.
Assists with the set-up of any scenic element for production.  Rigs scenery safely above stage.
Troubleshoots problems during rehearsals and performances.
Secures all equipment in backstage area in accordance with the Flato Markham Theatre and city of Markham Health and Safety policies.
Monitors client activity to ensure that the Flato Markham Theatre safety policies and procedures are followed and advises clients of any required changes. Notifies the Production & Facility Manager and/or more senior technical staff of any issues.
Assists with cleaning the stage and rehearsal hall areas in the building properly at the end of a rental period and performs basic equipment and building maintenance.
Writes comprehensive notes in show report regarding the specific area of operation they are responsible for on any specific show.
Assists with evacuation procedures in the event of a fire alarm or other emergency. This includes making announcements in the house for the audience and through the backstage areas for the performers and crew informing people to evacuate.
Unlocks various parts of the building as requested / instructed. 

Requirements

High School Diploma. Must be enrolled in or have completed at least half of the compulsory courses in a two year Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts diploma program or Theatre Production diploma program or Theatre Studies diploma program with a specialization in theatre technology to gain skills including but not limited to use of lighting consoles, audio consoles, moving lights, audio processors, or personal computers, understanding and interpreting blueprints, schematic drawings, lighting and audio plots, screening, complex, technical charts and diagrams.
The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent with at least 60 per cent in English Language Arts.
In lieu of the above educational requirements, a high school diploma and at least 2 years of live theatre relevant work experience is required to perform moderately complex lighting, sound, special effects, and stage design for moderately complex productions including the provision of instruction/guidance to others.
Specialized experience in lighting or sound is preferred.
Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’
Lift certification (within 3 months of start date)
Fall protection certification (within 3 months of start date)
AED Preferred
Good verbal/written communication skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of clients in a courteous and efficient manner.
Basic audio visual and/or other trades’ skills. 
Knowledge of technical Theatre language and headset etiquette is mandatory.

Backstage Technician III

Job Summary

The role of the Backstage Technician Level III is to plan, schedule and ensure timely provision of lighting, costumes, props, sets, and sound elements to established show standards as per client specifications and  City of Markham policies. This position provides the highest level of technical support in the production of larger and more complex performances at the Flato Markham Theatre and as such is responsible for overseeing, instructing and training Backstage Technicians Levels I and II. As the most experienced level of Backstage Technician, this position may be called upon to “back fill” for FT Theatre Technicians during absences. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Reviews the client contract and production schedule for each performance and the required, lighting, sound, set design, props, costumes and/or special effects required by the client, timing and performances. Reviews instructions from  Production & Facility Manager and/or more senior technical staff regarding each production and any special needs of client.
Oversees and participates in the technical layout and design of lighting, sets and sound through use of appropriate theatre techniques. Creates and implements special effects as outlined in the client contract.
Meets with each client and reviews any special needs with respect to the production or a particular performance. Provides technical services, advice and expertise in the areas of lighting, audio, staging and special effects for the clients of the Theatre and for events taking place at the Theatre. Ensures the client is content with the technical aspects of their show, and with the technical support being provided by the Flato Markham Theatre.
Meets with Backstage Technicians Levels I and II to review production requirements and assigns tasks. Checks all lighting and sound set-up including the work completed by Backstage Technicians Levels I and II to ensure compliance with health and safety standards and  Cityof Markham policies.
Creates and programs effective lighting for simple to extremely complicated types of performances.  Makes artistic decisions in regards to colour, angle, size, focus, etc.  Sets-up lighting system for different usages including hanging and focusing 300 plus lights.  Programs and operates moving lighting fixtures.  Creates lighting looks for productions while the performance is in progress. 
Operates theatrical equipment including stage foggers/hazers, projectors, follow spots, curtains, winch pipes, and other various equipment Program and operate manual and computerized lighting consoles.
Creates and implements audio plots and provides audio support for all types of performances.  Sets-up audio systems, programs audio analogue and digital consoles and makes decisions on selection and placement for more then 50 mics. and 12 monitor speakers.  Sets-up and troubleshoots wireless microphones, playback equipment and rental equipment. Sets-up and operates a front of house or monitor audio rig. Troubleshoots audio problems during a production.
Sets-up any scenic elements for production.  Rigs scenery safely above stage.
Troubleshoots difficult problems during rehearsals and performances.
After each production, counts, secures and signs off on all  City of Markham, lighting, sound, set and production equipment and supplies. Ensures that all equipment is functional and notifies the  Production & Facility Manager of any required repairs, materials, tools and supplies.
Informs the clients of the Flato Markham Theatre  of respective health and safety policies and procedures.
Ensures specific safety precautions are followed in the stage area prior to rehearsals and and/or performances when conditions are hazardous (i.e. crowded, dark, foggy, moving elements etc).
Monitors client activity to ensure that Flato Markham Theatre safety policies and procedures are followed and advises clients of any required changes. Notifies the  Production & Facility Manager and/or more senior technical staff of any issues.
Writes comprehensive notes in show report regarding the specific area of operation they are responsible for on any specific show.
Assists with evacuation procedures in the event of a fire alarm or other emergency. This includes making announcements in the house for the audience and through the backstage areas for the performers and crew informing people to evacuate. 

Requirements

A two year Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts diploma program or Theatre Production diploma program or Theatre Studies diploma program with a specialization in theatre technology is required in order to gain skills including but not limited to use of lighting consoles, audio consoles, moving lights, audio processors, or personal computers, understanding and interpreting blueprints, schematic drawings, lighting and audio plots, screening, complex, technical charts and diagrams.
The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent with at least 60 per cent in English Language Arts.
Upon completion of A two year Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts diploma program or Theatre Production diploma program or Theatre Studies diploma program, six months to 1 year of live theatre relevant work is required to perform complex lighting, sound, special effects, and stage design for complex productions including the provision of instruction/guidance to others.
In lieu of the above educational requirements, a high school diploma and at least 5 years of live theatre relevant work experience is required with specialized experienced in designing audio and lighting programs for theatrical performances.
This experience is necessary to perform highly complex lighting, sound, special effects, and stage design for highly complex productions including the provision of instruction/guidance and delegation of work to technical staff
Standard first aid and CPR 'C'
Lift certification (within 3 months of start date)
Fall protection certification (within 2 months of start date)
AED
Good verbal/written communication skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of clients in a courteous and efficient manner
Advanced audio visual and/or other trades' skills
Knowledge of technical Theatre language and headset etiquette is mandatory
Good organizational leadership skills are required to organize, guide and instruct technical crew at all skill levels and to interface with clients in satisfying their production needs
Knowledge of Lighting and Audio design programs in CAD

Additional Information

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume at www.markham.ca/jobs by September 30, 2017

Contact Information

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume at www.markham.ca/jobs by September 30, 2017


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