Geary Theater Head Electrician
Job Details
Geary Theater - San Francisco, CA

STATUS: Full Time/Seasonal/Weekly/I.A.T.S.E.

RATE: Local 16 Geary CBA / Current BELO Rate $2293.50 (includes 40hours ST / 10hours OT)



American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.’s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation, and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Award–winning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, and education and community programs. 


Position Purpose: As a working member of the Geary Theater house crew, the Head Electrician is responsible for the implementation of lighting designs for A.C.T.’s Geary Theater main stage productions, including events and rentals.  The Head Electrician will serve as the Light Board Operator and Programmer during the tech process and for the run of each show.  The Head Electrician is also responsible to oversee and manage the Electrics department crew and inventory.


Responsibilities: (please note, this list is not exhaustive, but rather a representation of job duties)

  • Manage, direct and work with the electric department crew consistent with the I.A.T.S.E. Local 16 agreement 
  • Actively provide support to the creative team for all productions to realize designs with accuracy, on schedule and within budget parameters 
  • In lieu of a design for an event or rental, create and hang a working plot to facilitate the needs of each specific event or rental 
  • Actively provide support for the operations of rehearsals, tech notes, special events, rentals and any additional company functions such as backstage tours, photo shoots, B-Roll, web streaming, etc… 
  • Thoroughly “prep” for each main stage production to maximize efficiency during the load-in process. This includes, but is not limited to:   organizing the light plot to determine the most efficient way to hang and focus lights, prepare the inventory in advance of the hang, create detailed hang tapes, pre-label all cables, prepare and test atmospheric effects, pull/cut/frame all color & templates 
  • Oversee and manage the hang, cable layout and focus of all light plots 
  • Program the lighting console and work as the board operator for all rehearsals and performances 
  • During “tech”, attend and participate in all post rehearsal and post-performance tech notes sessions 
  • Maintain the lighting design for the run of the show to ensure quality, including daily dimmer checks, focus checks and inspecting the plot for color burnouts, etc… 
  • In the absence of a projectionist; hang, focus and maintain ACT’s minimal projection equipment 
  • Perform the upkeep, repairs and routine maintenance of all ACT lighting, projection and atmospheric effects equipment, including any associated storage rooms, offices and infrastructure 
  • Keep and submit accurate payroll records and timesheets for the electric department 
  • Participate in discussions and planning regarding a multi-year plan to maintain, grow, and replace the current electrical inventory, including improvements to the facilities and infrastructure of the building 
  • Assist Production Management in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of any necessary repairs 
  • Keep informed and up to date with advanced knowledge about changes, training and technical advancements in the industry 
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department.  Participate in all required training 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications & Qualities:

Required/Minimum Qualifications or Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. 
  • Alignment with A.C.T.’s Mission, Values and commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • Previous significant Head / Production Electrician experience required (minimum three years).  Touring experience preferred 
  • ETCP Electrician certification preferred 
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to:  time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in understanding of cultural differences. 
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with A.C.T. colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current lighting technology – moving lights, wireless systems, dimming, and power distribution 
  • Proficient with programming ETC EOS and ETC ION lighting consoles 
  • Proficient with programming and troubleshooting moving lights (currently VL inventory) 
  • Proficient computer skills in:  Lightwright, Vectorworks, and MS Office 
  • Working knowledge and proficient maintenance skills with theatrical atmospheric effects 
  • Working knowledge of basic projection equipment / computer networking & systems 
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds 

*A.C.T. requires all employees to be fully vaccinated. Medical and Religious exemptions will need to be approved by Human Resources. 


Diversity makes us stronger.  If you’d like to learn more about A.C.T. EDI values, Mission, Vision and culture go to Mission, Values, and EDI | American Conservatory Theater ( ACT is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.