What does a Theatre Electrician do?

A theatre Electrician is responsible for all non-design aspects of the lighting in a theatre production. They may also be involved in any electrical elements of a production which can include special effects and sound systems. 

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What are the main responsibilities of a theatre Electrician?

  • Ensuring the safety of all crew, cast, staff and audience members 
  • Ensure power supplies have been correctly and safely connected
  • PAT testing and regular maintenance on all lighting equipment 
  • Day to day maintenance of the venue
  • Removing temporary stage lighting

What qualifications do I need to be a theatre Electrician?

Training often takes place on the job however there are formal qualifications and workshops you can complete in the following areas

  • Technical Theatre
  • Electricals
  • Performing Arts
  • Technology

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What skills do I need to be a theatre Electrician?

  • Knowledge of electronics
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail

Work can often include heights and physical work but not always. 

What does a typical day for an Electrician look like?

Theatre Electricians don’t tend to have a routine as their day changes frequently. When working on a new production the focus is bringing the lighting designs to life, making sure they’re safe and making any changes that need to be made. 

How much does a theatre Electrician earn?

An Electrician in general can earn roughly £32K per year, however this may differ in a theatre environment. 

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Published: 23 October 2019