CHRC Charts of Competencies for Theatre Technicians

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has been working with professional theatre practitioners since 2004 in order to identify and address the training needs within the production sector. In 2005 CHRC set up and has been working with the Theatre Technicians Steering Committee on the development of competency charts (DACUM Method) and profiles for technical occupations in the Live Performing Arts. To date three charts of competencies and profiles have been completed for the performing arts technicians, they are: Automation Technicians (2006), General Stage Technicians (Stagehands) (2007) and Entertainment Riggers (2007).

The Chart lists general areas of competence (major responsibilities and skills) that are further broken down into tasks regularly performed by either the Automation Technicians, General Stage Technicians (Stagehands) or the Entertainment Riggers.

The Competency Profile outlines sub-tasks as well as performance indicators, highlights important actions, and provides a range of personal, interpersonal and business skills. A training gap analysis was also completed for each occupation. All these documents are available in both official languages.

These charts and profiles are designed to help you achieve your professional vision, by providing a map of the training needed to find success in your chosen field. They were developed by experts in the industry from across the country, including representatives from large and medium-size companies, and self-employed freelancers.

Here are some guiding questions to help you decide if you would benefit from using these competency tools:

Cultural workers

  • Are you looking for a job in Live Performing Arts?
  • Do you need help evaluating your skills and training needs?


  • Do you want to identify the skills and HR needs of your organization?
  • Do you need help defining job recruitment profiles or individual position descriptions?
  • Do you need help developing competency-based professional development programs?
  • Do you need help negotiating and customizing training programs?
  • Do you need help developing career planning programs?

Professional organizations

  • Do you want access to HR tools that will help your members identify skills gaps/shortages and specific educational and training needs?


  • Are your education/training programs and curricula keeping up with the industry?
  • Do you need help accessing the latest HR tools for curriculum design and development?
  • Are you providing your students with the skills employers require?

The Charts of competencies with its profile and training gap analysis can be found on the CHRC website at the link below.

LIVE PERFORMING ARTS - Competency Charts and Competency Profiles for:

  • Presenters
  • Entertainment Riggers
  • Automation Technicians
  • General Stage Technicians (Stage Hands)

Did you know? CITT/ICTS is an Organisation Plus member of CHRC. Because of that membership, each CITT/ICTS Organizational member can apply to receive CHRC affiliate membership status with many benefits, including access to documents for free. Contact the CHRC to learn more or email the CITT/ICTS National Office.

For non CHRC members, the competency profiles can be purchased at:

Cultural Human Resources Council
201- 215 Bank St
Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3
Tel: 613 562-1535 / 1 866 562-1535
Fax: 613 562-2982

CHRC Theatre Technicians Steering Committee members (from 2005 to 2007)
  • Mark Melymick, Chair and member of the CHRC Board of Directors
  • John Avery, The Banff Centre
  • Louise Boucher, Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC)
  • Monique Corbeil, CITT and CQICTS
  • Peter Feldman, CAPACOA
  • Graham Frampton, CITT
  • Alex Gazalé, National Arts Centre
  • Peter Gerrie & Julian Mayne, Francis Winspear Centre for Music
  • Bob Johnston, CITT
  • Brian Low, Nasco Staffing Solutions
  • Sean McGuire, IATSE
  • Norberts Muncs, National Theatre School of Canada and CQICTS
  • Hugh Neilson, PACT
  • Thomas Schweitzer, Opera Ontario
  • Susan Annis, CHRC Executive Director
  • Kim Laocque and Manon Turcotte, CHRC Project Managers


In August of 2007, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) and its Theatre Technicians Steering Committee held a training strategies roundtable discussion in Vancouver prior to the opening of the 17th Annual CITT/ICTS conference. The focus of “on-the-job training for emerging theatre technicians” was a hot topic - as witnessed by the excellent turn out - and participants were very pleased with the quality of discussion and constructive thinking that ensued in the course of the day. Over 40 people from the education and the performing arts sectors participated at the event. Click here to read the highlights.