Profession 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.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Skills

  • Assemble the rehearsal set

    Put together all prepared scenic elements to prepare the rehearsal set.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Focus lighting equipment

    Focus already installed conventional lighting equipment, based on directions and information from somebody on the floor.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Technically design a sound system

    Set up, test and operate a complex audio system, based on a given sound concept. This could be a permanent as well as a temporary installation.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Set up light board

    Install, connect and try out light board in a live performance environment.

  • Provide power distribution

    Provide power distribution for light, stage, sound, video and recording purposes.

  • Hang chain hoists

    Install chain hoists in building constructions.

  • Draw up lighting plan

    Create technical drawings and documentation within the lighting department.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Handle scenic elements during rehearsal

    Handle and assemble equipment and scenery material during rehearsal or on stage.

  • Prevent technical problems with scenic elements

    Anticipate possible technical problems with scenic elements.

  • Operate stage movement control system

    Operate control systems for stage movement, e.g. flying mechanisms. Use manual or electric systems.

  • Dismantle the rehearsal set

    Take apart all prepared scenic elements after the rehearsal.

  • Plot lighting states

    Set up and try out lighting states.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • De-rig electronic equipment

    Remove and store various types of electronic equipment safely after use.

  • Operate an audio mixing console

    Operate an audio mixing system during rehearsals or during live performances.

  • Run a projection

    Operate projection equipment safely and efficiently to project images on a background in an artistic or cultural context.

  • Assemble scenic elements on stage

    Assemble scenic elements, dance and stage floors and stage cloths, based on written documents

  • Prevent fire in a performance environment

    Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.

  • Assess power needs

    Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.

  • Operate dimmer equipment

    Set up, connect and operate dimmer equipment (with plug and socket) in a live performance environment.

  • Light a show

    Light a show based on concrete production needs.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

    Make sure to set up equipment according to deadlines and time schedules.

  • Prevent technical problems with lighting equipment

    Anticipate possible technical problems with lighting equipment.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Install lighting

    Set up, connect and test lighting equipment in a live performance environment.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Distribute control signals

    Distribute control signals between light boards, dimmers and other lighting equipment. Control systems can be either DMX or network based.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Draw stage layouts

    Manual drawing or sketching of stage layouts.

  • Mark the information from the ground plans on the stage area

    Interpret the designs and other scenic drawings to clearly mark the information from the ground plans to the stage area.

  • Modify scenic elements during performance

    Change-over of scenic elements during performance, and follow the relevant documentation during performance.

  • Fit up sound on stage

    Set up, rig, connect, test and tune audio equipment on stage.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Adjust projector

    Adjust the controls of projection equipment to obtain a clear and well-positioned image.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Assemble truss constructions

    Use trusses, metal structures that derive strength from their construction involving triangular shapes, to construct stages for performances.

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain lighting equipment perform technical sound check set up follow spots operate sound live edit recorded sound write risk assessment on performing arts production consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production adapt artistic plan to location work safely with pyrotechnical materials in a performance environment manage technical resources stock manage consumables stock draw up artistic production translate artistic concepts to technical designs perform first fire intervention work safely with stage weapons maintain system layout for a production safeguard artistic quality of performance maintain dimmer equipment manage signoff of an installed system advise client on technical possibilities develop professional network operate follow spots maintain sound equipment document your own practice operate a lighting console maintain electrical equipment draw up stage layouts digitally prevent technical problems with stage equipment ensure safety of mobile electrical systems keep personal administration promote yourself