Lighting Supervisor



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October 1 - or as filled by the right candidate

Cleveland Play House (CPH) is seeking a full-time, year-round salaried Lighting Supervisor to join the production team producing

work for our main stages, New Ground Theatre Festival, Education productions, and the CWRU/CPH MFA program.

Responsibilities include:

1. Leadership and Supervision:

• Create a joyful and inclusive work environment that promotes dynamic theatre making

• Find the balance in producing meaningful productions and guiding the process within the parameters determined by material and labor budgets.

• Cultivate a safe, healthy, and inclusive work environment

• Train the run crew as necessary to handle onstage practicals, and train followspot operators as necessary

• Coordinate and manage the hang and focus of light plots; supervising crews and setting crew calls; lead construction of any show specific custom lighting elements or effects

2. Design Support and Collaboration, including Hang, Focus and Tech Process:

• Review all design drawings and actively collaborate on cross-departmental design elements

• Estimate materials and labor costs from Lighting Designers light plots

• Maintain accurate and up to date paperwork for each production, including plot, hook-up, cue sheets, and light board show file

• Communicate with Lighting Designers and electrics crew to accurately implement designs

• Communicate with Lighting Designers, and Director of Production to keep designs within budget and on schedule

• Coordinate with other departments taking into consideration their time schedules to ensure an efficient and cost-effective construction and load-in schedule

• Attend rehearsals as necessary and communicate with Director, Designers and Stage Manager about rehearsal and tech notes.

• Keep up to date with current trends and technologies in lighting design and lighting equipment and provide suggestions to improve the department

3. Shop, Material & Equipment Maintenance:

• Purchase materials, tools and supplies including lamps, gels, templates, tie line, theatrical haze/fog fluids, etc. as necessary for the hanging of theatrical light plots including purchasing or renting additional equipment not in the current inventory

• Manage all aspects of atmospheric effects and equipment; work with stage management to file production Fog and Haze Reports with AEA

• Manage all maintenance of lighting instruments, equipment and tools making sure they are in safe and proper working order

• Keep electrics storage areas clean and free of debris

4. Administration:

• Read scripts for each production

• Consult with Director of Production during budgeting process

• Attend, engage and contribute to Production meetings, Tech Rehearsal note sessions, and weekly Production/Artistic meeting

• Provide timely and up to date reports tracking all expenses

• Recommend annual capital improvements to keep lighting system and inventory state-of-the-art

Required experience, qualities and skills include:

• Strong artistic vision

• Commitment to EDIA principles and creating a joyful and inclusive environment

• Collaborative team member

• Trusted leadership style

• Effective communication and organizational skills

• Knowledge of theatrical lighting systems, instruments and equipment; especially ETC lighting consoles, W-DMX systems, LED technology, and moving light technology

• Working knowledge of theatrical lighting software including Lightwright and VectorWorks;

• Working knowledge of theatrical rigging, basic electricity and wiring

• Budgeting; estimating material purchase, time/labor hours, and rental orders

• Familiarity with I.A.T.S.E. contracts and managing union crews

Positions reporting to Lighting Supervisor:

Head Electrician, Lead Electricians/Lightboard Operators, Followspot Operators and Overhire Electricians. This position also collaborates regularly with all Production Departments, Designers, Directors, Stage Managers and Director of Production.

Work Schedule:

Shop Hours M-F 8am-4:30pm; shared attendance with ATD for tech and preview performances includes evenings and weekends


• Comprehensive benefits package includes group medical health insurance to which CPH contributes a portion of the employee’s premium; additionally dental, vision…etc. and other plans are available as well

• Paid vacation, company and discretionary holidays as well as the opportunity to participate in a 401(K) plan

• Tickets to select CPH productions subject to availability

• Parking available at employee’s cost

Interested applicants should upload a cover letter with a resume and submit that information through the CPH website. Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position. For additional

information on Cleveland Play House, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at

Cleveland Play House is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

CPH is on an active and ongoing journey to becoming an anti-racist organization, fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice and equity. Please learn more about where we started on this journey in CPH’s April 2, 2021 statement:

CPH has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy for all employees.