Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs

Have you been looking for a gig lately?  I did some searching today to see what was out there, and I wanted to share the information.  Enjoy:

PCPA Theatrefest is looking for a Lighting Designer/ME:

Master Electrician/Lighting Designer

– PCPA Theaterfest, the professional resident theatre company on California’s Central Coast, has an opening for a Master Electrician/Lighting Designer.

You will be responsible for maintaining and repairing all equipment related to electrics, serving as staff supervisor/master electrician for all performances and outside events, coordinating load-in schedules, supervising student crews to assemble hang, and focus lighting as specified by the Resident Lighting Director.

Must have excellent communication and CAD drafting skills as well as possess a working knowledge of lighting, electricity, practicals, DMX equipment, design and all aspects of the theatre. Competency in Vector Works and Lightwright preferred.

Master’s Degree preferred or Bachelor’s Degree required with 2-3 years professional experience in similar position. Ability to possess a valid California Drivers license and have access to a vehicle for transportation to and from business related events.

Interviews to be held at USITT.

Starting date flexible during the month of May 2009.

This is a full-time hourly position with benefits.
Send resume materials to:
Jeff Allen, Production Manager,
PCPA Theaterfest,
800 S. College Drive,
Santa Maria, CA  93454-6399
or email

Bentham Instruments is looking for an optical designer:

£25,000 – £35,000 + Company-funded Personal Pension Scheme. + 31 Days Holiday

Bentham Instruments has a world-wide reputation in electro-optics built up over 34 years of manufacturing equipment used in the study and measurement of light.

Current developments in electro optic technology such as solar cell and solid state lighting research makes this is an exciting time to join the multidisciplinary team working to keep Bentham at the fore front of light measurement instrumentation.

We are looking to recruit an Optical Design Engineer. The position involves product development from its initial design through to its final testing and would include:

  • Development to product specification
  • Conceptual design of new products
  • Use of Auto Desk Inventor modelling software
  • Building of prototypes to include mechanical and optical assembly and some basic electronics
  • Optical alignment
  • Production testing to meet agreed specification
  • Refinement of existing designs

The successful candidate will have at least eighteen months experience in a related industry and be educated to first degree level in Applied Physics, Mathematics or Mechanical Engineering (2:1 Hons or higher) ideally with a higher degree or experience in Optics.

Apply to:

This is a significant position working directly for the R&D Director and for which we are offering a competitive salary and company-funded personal pension scheme.

and last but not least or final:

Lightolier is looking for a Specification Sale Representative:

Lightolier, a premiere leader in the lighting industry and a Philips group brand, is seeking seasoned Specification sales reps. Our product lines represent the most respected names in the industry. Joining our team means lighting the way together!  Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of:

Human Resources
631 Airport Road
Fall River, MA 02720

Tel: (508) 679-8131
Fax: (508) 646-3357
Principle Duties/Responsibilities:

Develop specifications with architects, electrical engineers, lighting designers, electrical contractors and end users; Work closely with the specification community, construction and distribution to create project business;  Provide technical assistance to customers in the form of product demonstrations, fixture layouts and photometric studies

BS in a related field and experience in specification sales in the lighting industry or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required;  Working knowledge of lamps and lighting products as well as previous experience as a specifier preferred; Must have excellent presentation and organizational skills and be comfortable presenting to large group

I hope that you find something soon if you’re out of work! JOBS: Kalamazoo

A random note, but I just passed the 400th post on!  Crazy!

Hey, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is looking for a lighting and sound designer – which, in the smaller theatre market (and education) is becoming commonplace.  Can you do both?  Check out the gig!


We are seeking a self starter with excellent leadership skills, passion for collaboration with other designers and guest artists, and an affinity for teaching Interns and volunteers for this Resident Designer position. Responsible for all lighting, sound and SFX designs in a 14-production season. L/S Designer supervises ME and Intern while working with large inventory and computerized systems in 3 distinct venues. Full-time salaried position with health benefits available. For more information, go to Send cover letter with resume to Kristen Chesak, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, 329 S. park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls please.

Check out the jobs listings at Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s website, JOBS – JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!

So, are you working steadily right now?  Are you paying the rent, the mortgage, the bills – eating alright?  If you’re not working, or freelancing and in need of a gig – what are you doing about it?

If you’re looking for work, you should be making the rounds daily at your favorite job sites, calling references, emailing and calling everyone you can possibly think of, making your name known, and getting it into the front of potential employers’ brains.  You’re not going to get work by not looking for it – no matter how hard you don’t try.  Getting work is work, and it’s work because you have to work for it.

Cheesy?  Maybe.  But how’s that job search coming?

I have a handful of favorites when I’m looking to pick up freelance income, light a show, or look for a steady gig.  There are lots and lots and lots and lots of places online that are posting gigs – there are also a lot of places out there that have a bunch of postings for a wide variety of things related to your field, and most of the time you have to sort through them, and often.  Remember, work.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s famous Artsearch
Artsearch is the entertainment jobs rag that’s been around – well – forever.  In addition to their print jobs listings, they have a healthy online subscription-based product that is the pay go-to place for gigs.

Backstage Jobs
I got some of my first big gigs from Backstage Jobs – there are lots, in a large net of fields in the entertainment business, from tours to summer gigs, resident positions, and contract work. Job Board
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association – or ESTA, affectionately – has a job board with a good handful of listings.  From my experience with esta’s jobs, they’re usually good, high quality gigs.

Myspace Jobs
Maybe you don’t have a Myspace page, but I still have mine from WAY back in the day.  Myspace has a decent amount of good gigs, actually!  The link above is for the query “Lighting Designer,” for example.

JobZone at Live Design Online
Live Design Online has what they call the “JobZone.”  It’s chock full-o-jobs.  Lots of different genres.

Playbill Online’s Job Board
Not Playboy, PLAYBILL.  You know, the thing you always get at shows.  Their website has a lot of job postings for all kinds of entertainment jobs.

This is a small list of job search places, but it’s some of what I use.  Yeah, I’m sharing that with you in one place for your benefit – it’s because I’m glad you read the site!  Also, I am going to be posting jobs here, in a special page that’s being built, specifically for jobs dealing with light and the lighting industries.  More on this in the very near future.