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Production Electrician

In addition to producing five grand operas each year in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages. 

The Arizona Opera Scenic Studio is a 25,000 square foot building that houses a scenery and paint shop, office space and scenery, lighting. properties and costume storage.


Job Title: Production Electrician
Location: Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona
Department: Production>Stagehands
Reports to: Technical Director
Collaborates with: Lighting Designer, Assistant Lighting Designer, Lighting Supervisor, Stage Management, Venue Production Departments, I.A.T.S.E. Crew


This is a seasonal, hourly non-exempt union position. Candidates are not required to be affiliated with ITASE to apply.


Summary: Responsible for the installation and maintenance of all lighting equipment and the operation thereof for rehearsals and performances and the direction of all employees working in this area. When not working in this area, they shall perform such other work as assigned.


Essential Functions:

  • Interpretation, research and implementation of lighting designs for all Arizona Opera productions.
  • Perform as programmer and board operator for the ETC Ion/Gio lighting consoles on Arizona Opera productions.
  • Become familiar with scores, libretti, scripts, plots, practicals and other information and elements as required for each production.
  • Maintain the integrity of the lighting design throughout the production.
  • Troubleshoot issues with lighting equipment, console, wireless lighting moving lights, effects, fog, haze and other effects in use during productions.
  • Be in attendance for all light hangs, focus, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, previews and performances as required.
  • Read rehearsal reports, production/show reports, rehearsal schedules and production calendars.


To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to Greg Hirsch at If you would like to submit a digital portfolio, please attach it in .pdf form or provide a link to an online source in the body of the email. Hard copies of portfolios will not be accepted at this time. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as the successful candidate is identified. No phone calls please.

Reports To: 
Technical Director
Job Category: 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 2-3 years’ minimum professional light board programing experience.
  • Experience running plays/musicals/operas and following stage management cues.
  • Advanced knowledge of programing ETC Eos series lighting consoles.
  • Ability to work long hours, i.e., 40-hour weeks plus weekends and evenings, as necessary.
  • Skilled in repair and maintenance of standard and automated lighting equipment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate by asking informed questions, relaying information to others and professionally receiving criticism.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and respond calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with members of the production department.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures necessary to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Knowledge of safe rigging practices.
  • Staying informed on current best practices in theater technology and advancements in lighting.
  • Possessing a positive attitude, initiative, being flexible, working well as a team member and having a high attention to detail.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Lift, carry, push, pull: generally up to 35 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work on ladders, at heights and in hard-to-reach places
  • Speaking and hearing are essential to the communication needs of the position


Travel/Other Requirements:

  • Must travel to Tucson for performance weeks.
  • Availability for evening and weekend work required.
  • Arizona Opera continues to monitor the pandemic situation. Qualified candidates will be expected to comply with AZO’s health and safety plan – while at work and outside work – that continues to be updated per latest state and Federal guidelines.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

The Arizona Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer.  The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status.  We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development.  We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.