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Master Electrician
posted on June 12
by Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes from theatre technicians with skills in electrics, sound, and video for a full time position of Master Electrician (ME). The ME is responsible for managing the Production Department’s lighting, sound, video, and atmospheric effects (atmo) systems for each show. In addition to these responsibilities, the ME also assists in the technical needs of the Center as a whole.

Organization Background:
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry. For further information, visit our website at www.puppet.org

Reports to:
• Producer and Production Manager

Direct reports are:
• Overhire Electrics Crews
• Electrics Interns

Primary responsibilities:
• Facilitate show development through effective communication of electrics, sound and video needs with designers and directors
• Lead electrics crew in the changeover of shows, which includes installing the lighting, audio, video, and atmo needs for Center and guest artist productions
o Hang, circuit, and focus lighting plots
o Prepare sound systems for rehearsals and performances
o Hang and focus of video projection equipment
• Service guest artist technical needs (design, hang, focus, programming, etc.)
• Prep upcoming shows (pulling gear, cutting gel, etc.)
• Interface with media visits (audio tie-ins, additional tech needs)
• Stand in Tech / Designer when needed
o Rehearsal microphone EQ
o Focus projectors and video programming
o Help designers with unfamiliar equipment
• Construct specialty lighting and gear needs for shows
• Maintain show documentation for lighting, audio, video and atmo systems
o Draft plots (Light, Sound, and Video)
o Update and archive paperwork
o Take and archive tech and focus pictures
• Maintain the lighting, sound, video, and atmospheric effects inventories
o Service and repair equipment
o Determine upgrades that are needed
• Maintain and organize the Electrics shop, keeping it in a state of readiness for upcoming shows and events
• Serve as show tech support and stage manager understudy as needed
• Arrange hiring of electrics overhire crew needed
• Supervise electrics internships

Other Responsibilities:
• Provide Tech Support for Museum including but not limited to:
o Run electrics load-ins for new exhibits
o Construct specialty lighting equipment needs
o Service and repair equipment
o Determine upgrades that are needed
o R&D Solutions for special projects
• Maintain movie night equipment
• Maintain atrium sound system
• Provide tech support for special projects / events
• Provide limited tech support for meetings and rentals
• Fulfill the electric needs for other Center activities (events, tours, etc.)
• Serve as part of the Emergency Action Team
• Collaborate with Facilities Manager regarding facilities safety; consult with outside contractors and project managers as needed.

Physical Demands:
• Comfortable working on ladders (all spaces have dead-hung grids)
• Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds regularly
• Ability to move and manipulate 85 pound ladders
• Specific Vision Requirements: Color Vision & Depth Perception
• Specific Hearing Requirements: Must have full range of hearing

Qualifications:
• 3-5 Years of professional experience with 1 year of supervisory experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in technical theatre or related field, MFA preferred
• Skills in crew management and scheduling; shop and inventory management; lighting, sound, and video system operations; electrical, audio, and video wiring; problem solving
• Motivated and responsible
• Team-oriented attitude
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Q-lab (audio, video, & automation)
• Proficiency in ETC lighting equipment (ION, Express) preferred
• Knowledge of theatre drafting standards
• Wireless microphone coordination
• Basic Carpentry skills
• Available to work some nights, week-ends, and possible holidays

Design opportunities may become available but are not the focus of this position.

To apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to: hr@puppet.org
or mail to: Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn: HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309-2820.

Please note any attachment over 10 MB may need to be sent in separate emails.
No phone calls please. If you have questions, please email hr@puppet.org.

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