Light Board Operator/Electrician
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Full Time
$16.00 Hourly


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.


JOB START DATE:   9/1/2021

HOURLY: 16/HR Minimum


The Light Board Operator/Electrician is responsible for programming and running the lighting console for all technical, dress and brush-up rehearsals, notes sessions and performances as assigned by the Lighting Director.  This position also performs maintenance, hang, focus and other electrician duties as assigned by the Lighting Director



  • Programming and running of the lighting console for all technical, dress and brush-up rehearsals, note sessions and performances as assigned by the Lighting Director.
  • Involvement as a show electrician (Followspot Operator, Deck Electrician, or Video Technician) as productions require.
  • Attending technical rehearsals and run-throughs as assigned by the Lighting Director.
  • Supervising other lighting show crew (i.e. Followspot Operators, Deck Electricians, and Video Technicians) during show runs.
  • Attending run-throughs as assigned by the Lighting Director.
  • Performing daily dimmer/focus checks to maintain the lighting design during the run of the show- correcting any focus problems, changing lamps or burned gel as needed and referring any other problems to the Lighting Director, Assistant Lighting Director, and/or Master Electrician.
  • Participating in the preparation of all shows; includes preparing required equipment, organization of color, templates, and other consumables as well as the wiring of practicals and effects.
  • Serving as an electrician for all load-ins, changeovers, focus calls, strikes and maintenance calls as assigned by the Lighting Director.
  • Help to enforce safety policies and regulations for the Lighting Department staff and overhire.
  • Participating in the maintenance of all lighting department equipment and facilities including (but not limited to) the lighting console, all theatrical lighting instrumentation (both conventional and intelligent), practical electrical properties, backstage running lights, projection equipment, chemical foggers, effects devices, cue lights and tech tables.
  • Maintaining cleanliness and promoting a safe working environment in all Lighting areas in the theatre: Lighting Office, control booths, dimmer rooms, grids, catwalks, work areas, and storage spaces.
  • Representing the theatre’s technical resources as required by the Production Manager for theatre programs including, but not limited to: additional performances, special events, educational and community outreach programs, building rentals and other non-Alley building functions.
  • Act in concert with the theatre’s safety policies, including the fall protection and hardhat policies.
  •  Additional duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, energized and quickly changing environment.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to prioritize efficiently and multi-task
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Excellent verbal and written communications 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.
  • Experience with programming a variety of equipment with the lighting console, especially current ETC consoles
  • Have familiarity and working knowledge of current lighting instrumentation and equipment
  • 3 years experience in live event electrics



  • Routine lifting of 30 to 50 pounds is required
  • Ability to work at heights of up to 70 feet
  • Substantial ladder and lift work is required. Climbing is required in cramped and otherwise limiting job sites.
  • Typical hours during show assignments are tech and performance schedules Tuesday – Sunday afternoon/evening hours, on non-performance weeks, hours are typical Mon – Friday daytime hours.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly.



  • 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. 



Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at



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