Job Announcement: Master Electrician

August 1, 2012


The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, invites applications for the position of Master Electrician/Lighting Supervisor. The full-time twelve-month position is to be filled immediately.

EMPAC offers advanced facilities and resources for media and the arts in production, performance and research. The program ranges from initializing new artistic productions through commissions and extended residencies to supporting science and engineering in the creation of immersive and interactive environments.

The Master Electrician/Lighting Supervisor is engaged in avant-garde artistic productions reaching beyond traditional aesthetics and will be responsible for lighting aspects in multiple in-house venues. The position will collaborate with artists, researchers and other production departments to realize project specific lighting needs, while maintaining a lighting budget and resource scheduling across an intensive production schedule. The position will supervise and train lighting staff and students in the installation, operation, and maintenance of multiple ETC lighting networks, a large inventory of conventional, automated and led fixtures, and additional support equipment.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in theater related production technology (Technical/Electrical, Theatrical Design, or related Performing Arts) plus 3 years lighting experience in a production environment; or, equivalent documented experience as a Theater Electrician in a high level production environment. Experience with managing crews and lighting equipment for a wide range of production types is
essential. Extensive knowledge and experience with lighting controls and wiring, dimmers, rigging, automated fixtures and industry safety practices is essential.

EMPAC is a non-union operation in order to meet its highly interdisciplinary mission to bridge technology and the arts on all levels of production and research. Rensselaer offers a full benefits package, and competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

For additional information, please visit Qualified candidates must apply online at, job number 20120254.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.