Head Lighting Technician

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Head Lighting Technician

Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 14 bachelor degrees and 40 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Department of Event and Theatre Services

Event and theatre services (ETS) is a division of the finance and commercial operations area of Mount Royal University (MRU). ETS encompasses both the theatre and conference service operations of MRU and is responsible for booking and executing exceptional quality events in MRU’s performance venues (Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, Ross Glen Hall, Wright Theatre, Leacock Theatre, Nickle Theatre, and associated classroom and event spaces). ETS is home of the Taylor Centre Concert Season, and Bella Live from your Couch virtual presentation seasons as well as being considered one of the top 5 roadhouse venue operators in Calgary.

About the Role

The head lighting technician is an integral part of the technical team at MRU. They will provide technical support, setup and operation of technical systems with a focus on lighting for the Bella Concert Hall, Wright and Leacock Theatre, Ross Glen Hall, Transalta Pavilion and other MRU Spaces.


  • Coordinating and overseeing all lighting department activities.
  • Ensure all lighting equipment is set up properly, fully functional and appropriately aligning with the show concept.
  • Operating the lighting system for shows and rehearsals.
  • Preparing for and assisting guest operators.
  • Supervising casual technicians in cooperation with other house technicians.
  • Provide clients a high level of service.
  • Inspecting and maintaining the lighting system and lighting equipment.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive inventory of the lighting department equipment and tools.
  • Ensure the safety and security of the lighting equipment.
  • Operate rigging and variable acoustic systems as needed.
  • Operate and work in lifts and at height.
  • Set up and operate video equipment as required.
  • Assist with the setup and strike of all show equipment.
  • Assist stage and audio technicians as required.
  • Ensure all work is being carried out in a safe manner in accordance with MRU safety policies.
  • Report any injuries or damage to the manager, theatre and performance services.
  • Complete and submit show reports.
  • Ensure all communications are efficient and contributing to the effectiveness of the team.
  • Abide by all university rules and regulations.

Physical and Visual Demands:

  • Required to manage heavy equipment and loads including moving grand pianos, road cases, rigging and truss.
  • Unloading trucks and trailers.
  • Managing equipment and loads in excess of 100kg. In most cases assistance is required for heavy loads but the incumbent must be physically able and mentally alert in order to minimize risk.
  • Required to work in low light.
  • Must be able to set up equipment in low light and be able to switch between intense and low lighting levels rapidly.

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • A minimum of four years as a stage technician and a minimum of two years in a head lighting technician role.
  • Extensive knowledge of ETC EOS software and console operation.
  • Ability to design lighting looks (busk) on the fly.
  • Strong knowledge of lighting networking.
  • Experience setting up and running video projection equipment.
  • Software experience (Qlab, Vectorworks, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Adobe Suite).
  • Good general understanding of all technical aspects of theatre and live shows.
  • Knowledge of stage carpentry, audio and rigging an asset.
  • Experience in dance, live music and other performing arts and asset.
  • Good organizational, communication and time management skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Must have or be willing to acquire Standard First Aid with CPR certification, Fall Protection Training and WHMIS certification.

Salary: $25 – $35 per hour commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found

For more information and to apply, visit mtroyal.ca.

A cover letter and resume should be submitted in one .PDF formatted document. Please title your .PDF document as follows: [Last Name], [Requisition Number].pdf (ex. Smith, Coordinator, 999999.pdf).

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