Electrician / Electrics

What does an Electrician do?

What does an Electrician do?

The ELECTRICIAN maintains a theatre’s electrical systems and often serves as production electrician operating all lights during a show, including traditional and automated lighting, spotlights, special lighting effects, and house lights. They work closely with the LIGHTING DESIGNER.

Skills

Ability to understand power and electrical wiring | Operating systems (light boards) | How to troubleshoot light fixtures | Organizational skills | Safety Cautions

Pathways

Assisting | Stage Crew | Apprenticeships | Volunteer-based opportunities

How to become an Electrician

Some colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in production and design, as well as opportunities for students to work as the production crew on special events, shows, and concerts. Electricians are usually brought on for an individual show, and gain the most experience by doing the work. They become head electrician when they have gained enough experience to lead other electricians. Those just starting out may want to explore volunteer opportunities available in their region serving on STAGE CREW.

Spotlight on Broadway’s “Michele Gutierrez Electrician”