Job ProfileTheatre & Stage: Senior Technician

In this role you’ll be responsible for programming lighting consoles and supporting all aspects of lighting platforms for stage and theatre. Your job is to ensure that all the electrical equipment is set up and works properly when it’s needed.

To do this you’ll work closely with the Lighting Programmer to provide regular reports and progress updates. You might be supervising other technicians and overall you’ll look after all projects and equipment to get it ready for each event.

You’ll be using computers and CAD plans as part of your work, and linking in with other software to get everything set up.

Because you’ll be working up high and on lighting rigs, you’ll need to complete additional safety training and work in line with all current health and safety regulations.


You’ll need the industry recognised S/NVQ Level 3 electrotechnical qualification – an apprenticeship is the best route to gain this if you’re starting out in your career. You usually progress into this role once you’ve been working as a Technician/Electrician in the same area.

Other training is also needed to help ensure you’re safe when working at heights

ProgressionOnce you’ve started to gain experience there are lots of progression opportunities within the theatre, events and audio visual arenas. Roles such as Lighting Programmer and Lighting Operations Manager and more are available once you have your core skills and have done further training.