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Theater Technical Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Assists in the construction of scenery and/or costumes, setting up seating, equipment and stage sets, loading and unloading equipment from trucks, transporting show personnel and cargo and installing lighting equipment, sewing costumes and creating accessories.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of two classifications. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of each performance.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assists in the construction and dismantling of stage sets using power and hand tools; moves scenery on and off stage.
  • Sets up and positions seating, musical equipment and stands, microphones, backdrops and projection screens.
  • Installs lighting equipment by following directions on lighting plot and focuses lighting.
  • Runs lighting and soundboards for small events and routinely runs spotlights.
  • Make adjustments at rehearsal such as re-aiming lights and adding or re-positioning microphones.
  • Loads and unloads equipment and props from trucks.
  • Teaches students to build scenery with the use of hand and power tools; assigns work and monitors quality of work of students.
  • Maintains tools and equipment in good working order by making minor repairs.
  • Transports show personnel and cargo between hotel, airport and performance site.
  • Inventories and recommends purchase of supplies and equipment.
  • Stitches costumes and develops patterns from sketches using flat pattern method or drapery method.
  • Designs and constructs costume accessory pieces for hats, jewelry and shoes.
  • Maintains costumes including laundering, ironing and pressing of clothing.
  • Styles wig and applies make-up to accompany costumes.
  • Sweeps and mops floor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skill in the use of a sewing machine.
  • Skill in the use of hand tools and power tools.
  • Skill in the use of stage make-up, wigs and accessories.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years theatrical/stage production and maintenance experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Some positions may require possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.


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