Lighting Director
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Full Time
$60,000.00 Salary/year

Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.  

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019. His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alley’s artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alley’s leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatre’s programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

The Lighting Director manages all aspects of lighting and projection, supervises department personnel, maintains the department equipment, and collaborate with other department heads to manage the physical spaces of the electrics shop, theatre spaces and support areas. The Lighting Director is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers as it relates to the advancement, budgeting, and realization of lighting and projection designs.  The Lighting Director participates in production planning for the season, especially as it relates to the execution of the lighting and projection.  


JOB START DATE:   7/1/2021

SALARY: 60,000 /YR Minimum


  • Work with the creative team and production management to manage and maximize the artistic impact of financial resources by evaluating lighting/projection designs and creating material and labor estimates. 
  • Lead, guide, and facilitate communication between the production department and lighting and projection designers; work with designers to advance shows, plan and implement designs, and to prep and provide equipment necessary to tech and run shows. 
  • Assist lighting and projection designers through the entire process, from initial design conversations through load-in, focus and the tech and preview process, making suggestions and sharing ideas to solve problems, improve product, and facilitate changes and acting in the designer’s absence as needed. 
  • Manage and facilitate all lighting and projection production needs throughout the build, rehearsal, load-in, technical rehearsal, previews, run, and close of each production and special event. 
  • Organize and administrate the lighting department, including scheduling and coordinating staff, follow-through on design deadlines, and coordinating and supervising the construction of all lighting for each production. 
  • Oversee and manage assigned budgets for lighting materials and labor.  Keep all financial records up to date and discuss with production management any possible overages. 
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff and over hire personnel.  Track work hours, holiday hours, and vacation time to ensure a healthy work life balance.  Evaluate staff, provide necessary feedback, and make recommendations for periodic raises, advancement, bonuses, etc. 
  • Update, maintain and archive show books and budgets, research, notes, plots, photos, and other information for all productions. 
  • With production management, work to provide and maintain a safe working environment, including managing and providing training, equipment, recordkeeping, and incident reporting. Implement and help enforce safety guidelines and regulations for the lighting shop staff. 
  • Assist with developing cleaning processes and shop procedures to effectively sanitize lights, tools and shop surfaces to protect against the spread of COVID. 
  • Collaborate with fellow department heads to complete multi-departmental projects and coordinate space and timeline needs. 
  • Oversee lighting shop inventory, tools, equipment, and storage spaces. 
  • Participate in planning and design for capital improvements for theatres, shops, offices, and equipment upgrades. 
  • Responsible for reading show reports, rehearsal schedules, and organizational calendars.  Follow-up on applicable details/notes and communicate information to supervisors and staff as appropriate. 
  • Oversee video activities that include archive video capture, B Roll video capture, video for production needs. 
  • Oversee all equipment/software for production video needs including computers, software, projectors, etc. 
  • Attend all technical rehearsals and preview performances as required by the Production Manager.  Attend full staff meetings, production head meetings, production department meetings, post mortems, and board meetings as necessary. 
  • Oversee specialty lighting systems for the theatre building with engineering department – including outdoor LED lighting, outdoor signage lighting, LED lighting in event spaces. 
  • Supervise lighting needs for special events or rentals helping determine equipment, budgets, and staff. 
  • Work with Education and Community Engagement (ECE), Marketing, and Development departments to help staff and facilitate education shows and special programs.  This may include opportunities to teach workshops, talk about the company and your career with students, and meet with constituent groups to discuss ‘behind the scenes’ activities. 
  • Participate to foster achievement of the artistic goals of the theatre, insure quality and consistency, and maintain the highest production values for the Alley Theatre


  • Updates job descriptions, hiring  and training new team members
  • Motivating and coaching employees to improve performance, provide feedback and training opportunities.
  • Organizes and oversees the schedules and work of departmental staff.
  • Conducts or assists with performance evaluations that are timely and constructive. 
  • Ensuring staff members follow company policies and procedures.

Reports to:

  • Production Manager  

Works closely with:

  • Production Department Heads
  • Production Department Staff
  • Stage managers
  • Associate Production Manager



  • Five years’ experience working in a professional theatre or live entertainment and/or a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or a related field preferred
  • Experience as a lighting director, assistant lighting designer, lead electrician, or similar, demonstrated leadership skills, experience working with designers, and a strong understanding of other areas of production
  • Experience supervising and managing a team.
  • Strong understanding of lighting design and equipment
  • Excellent computer skills.  Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Vectorworks and AutoCAD preferred.
  • Strong understanding of ETC networks, EOS consoles, maintenance and repair of conventional and moving lighting equipment. 
  • Familiarity and/or aptitude to learn projection equipment and video editing and playback software (Final Cut Pro , DVD Studio Pro , Watchout , Adobe Creative Cloud  [After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop])
  • Experience with standard shop tools/equipment.
  • Training and understanding of safe working practices in the theatre
  • Well-developed communication, organization, research, and time management skills.
  •  Aptitude and eagerness to learn new skills and processes necessary to manage varying lighting projects.
  • Capacity to consult and engage in creative thinking and problem solving with designers and/or supervisors on specific solutions to challenges.
  • Clear understanding of the artistic process to collaborate with directors and designers.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to accurately estimate production costs and create and maintain budgets.
  • Ability to read and interpret working drawings and to disseminate that information clearly and effectively 
  • Ability to work long hours and to manage an irregular schedule including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment. 
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills. 
  • Exhibits a positive attitude with good communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Understanding of historical and institutional racism in the American theatre, or a commitment to learning, and to be a part of Alley Theatre’s efforts to be an anti-racist organization. 
  • College degree preferred.



  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Free parking 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee wellness program & EAP
  • Houston, TX is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with no state or city income tax. 


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The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion