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Head Electrician - Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

This is a Seasonal, Full-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Head Electrician
Deadline: February 7, 2020
Posted: January 21, 2020

Job Description / Duties

Reporting to the Technical Directors, the Head Electrician is responsible for the execution of all non-design aspects of theatrical lighting in both the BMO Mainstage and Douglas Campbell Theatre. The Head Electrician requires extensive knowledge in electrical terminology, theatrical lighting fixtures and equipment and has a positive track record leading technical crews. Practical experience and aptitude in temporary installation, maintenance, operation and testing of feeders, branch circuits, and electrical equipment used for the production of theatre or festivals is required. The Head Electrician will be responsible for monitoring and performing basic maintenance on lighting equipment on occasion through the season as required and reporting safety concerns or the need for major repairs to the Technical Director or Production Manager in a timely manner. This position requires a positive and professional attitude while working with respective creative teams, performers and other departments at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.


Analyze the Lighting plot for each Bard Festival stage and determine the list of rental gear that will required in addition to Bard equipment so that the Production Manager can request quotes from suppliers.

Advise the Production Manager and Technical Director of any problems or solutions relating to the plot or the equipment and personnel required to execute the design.

Request and discuss with the Production Manager and Technical Director, the crew necessary for all aspects of the lighting install and strike for productions on both stages.

Repair or troubleshoot any malfunctioning lighting gear or fixtures as required throughout the set-up and strike of the season.

Support the Production Team with any theatrical special effect requiring light. The Head Electrician is the immediate resource for all theatrical elements that require power.

Programming the ION or Gio@5 Lighting console on occasion as needed through technical rehearsals.

Establish a system for Venue Technicians to perform regular maintenance checks on the show lighting equipment throughout the season.

Supervise and coordinate the lighting crew during the lx hang and focus.

Supervise the strike and rental return of theatrical lighting equipment on both stages at the end of the season.

Ensure that all lighting equipment is setup in accordance with professional safety standards

Maintain an up to date log of the lighting systems, including dimmer/channel assignments and electrical loads.

Support the Assistant Lighting Designer on each stage with information, resources and guidance.

Qualifications / Required Skills

University or Technical College Degree/Certificate in Technical Theatre, Theatrical Design or Equivalent would be an asset.

At least 5 years of demonstrated professional experience as a theatre electrician or similar.

Advanced ability reading lighting plots, technical drawings, associated paperwork is required as well as ability to calculate electrical loads and distribution.

Knowledge and confidence to communicate any inconsistencies or changes to the proposed plot and inform the production and site teams of necessary adjustments prior to installation.

Extensive experience operating and programming ETC Ion and/or Gio@5 lighting consoles.

Extensive knowledge of lighting systems, grids, and rigging.

Proven ability to handle unexpected, time sensitive and stressful situations, and work well both independently and in a team atmosphere, as a member and as a supervisor.

Experience in rigging, climbing and fall arrest.

Experience with Aerial lifts.

Certifications required or willing to obtain upon hire (compensation for training may be available):

Live Performance Electrical Certificate

Aerial lift training

Fall Protection Training

Rough Terrain Forklift Training an asset but not required.

FE or LE Certificate preferred and will at least be discussed for as a near future training requirement.

Please be prepared to provide copies of safety, technical, and/or educational certificates and/or degree(s) listed on your Resume.

Additional Information


Prior to rehearsals, the Head Electrician will be required to attend a few planning meetings. Between April 13th and the final Opening Night of the Festival on July 16th, 2020 the hours of weekly work will fluctuate from 20 to 40 per week, with the heaviest workload between April 13th and June 7th.


The position is paid at an hourly rate based on labour standards for regular and overtime hours.
The preferred start date for the position is February 17th for meetings and preparation.

The position will end upon completing the strike of Production Lighting equipment, approximately October 9th, 2020.


Please email your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF named “[First & Last Name] Head Electrician,” summarizing your qualifications and experience to 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted up to February 7th, 2020.

Salary: $27.00 per hour is the starting rate of pay. Rate is negotiable for appropriate training and experience.

Contact Information

Jonathan Ryder

Employer Profile

Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival and offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and special events from June to September, in two modern theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park. The Festival also offers year-round educational programming at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village, and throughout the Lower Mainland.

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