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POSITION: Lighting Supervisor

POSITION TYPE: Full Time Exempt 

REPORTS TO:  Director of Production

Olney Theatre Center is seeking a Lighting Supervisor to join the Production team. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts produces and curates theatrical performance for the diverse audiences in our community, and educates, learns from, supports and inspires a more inclusive generation of theater-makers. Olney Theatre Center produces nine shows as part of their Main Stage season along with the National Players Tour and additional Curated Events. The Lighting Supervisor will report directly to the Director of Production. The successful candidate will join a growing regional theater that emphasizes artistic rigor, prioritizes equity, diversity and inclusion, and places collaboration at the center of our work. 

​​The Lighting Supervisor is a Department Head position within the Production Department reporting to the Director of Production.  Primary responsibilities include: working closely with each production’s Lighting Designer and Director to determine the lighting needs for each production; managing OTC’s Associate Lighting Supervisor; scheduling and supervising all electrics hang and focus events (including staffing overhire crew); recruiting, training, and mentoring OTC's two annual Electrics Apprentices; managing and maintaining OTC's lighting equipment in OTC’s three indoor spaces and one outdoor space; and managing and working within show as well as annual budgets.

As part of a welcoming and creative organization the Lighting Supervisor will:

  • Manage the Electrics Department
  • Set up and maintain  all lighting systems and equipment in each of the theater’s producing spaces (Main Stage, Theatre Lab, Historic Theater, and Root Family Stage)
  • Participate in the recruitment, training, and evaluation of OTC's annual Electrics Apprentices.  Provide guidance to the apprentices on their capstone project.
  • Manage and maintain OTC's electrics stock.
  • Implement a training program for incoming apprentices and the National Player who is in charge of lights
  • Assist with Special Events and rentals as needed
  • Cultivate rental and loan relationships with theaters and other organizations in the area
  • Work closely with the Production Office to effectively manage show budgets and annual budgets.
  • Work closely with the Director of Production to identify potential Electrics Department improvements, both long and short term.
  • Work cooperatively with all Production Departments on schedule, shared resources, and with the common goal of producing the best theatre possible for our audience.
  • Work cooperatively on all special projects as assigned by the Director of Production.
  • Attend Rehearsals, Technical Rehearsals, and Previews as necessary.
  • Determine allocation of duties and promote skill advancement/learning for the electrics crew team. 
  • Hire and oversee freelance labor as needed to meet deadlines.
  • Maintain the day-to-day schedule and deadlines.
  • Assess costs and oversee/manage assigned budget for materials and labor. 
  • Proof all light plots.
  • Plan and supervise the hang, focus, tech, run and strike of all productions.


  • Investment in OTC’s Mission, Vision and Values, and its Statement on Social Justice and Becoming Anti-Racist.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working within the field of theatrical lighting
  • Have advanced knowledge of lighting software, including but not limited to Vectorworks, LightWright and ETC systems, specifically EOS family consoles
  • Strong leadership skills and be a team player
  • Have the ability to organize and catalog multiple inventories
  • Knowledge of safe theater practices
  • Strong organizational, research, budgeting, and labor management skills 
  • Effective communication skills – written, oral, and visual 
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage expenditures and budgets
  • Ability to create schedules and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Quickbooks, and Google Suite
  • Physical Requirements: Able to lift 50 lbs., as well as climb ladders and stairs.
  • Comfort with heights as well as small spaces
  • Time Requirements: Full-time position, with occasional evening and weekend work requirements.


Anticipated start day is September 1, 2021.  Compensation and benefits:  Annual Salary of $50,000, Health Insurance, paid vacation, life insurance, FSA, 403B.


Located ten miles north of Washington, DC in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is one of the Washington region's most critically acclaimed large theater companies. Founded in 1938 as a summer stock company on the Straw Hat circuit, OTC is now an $8M/year professional regional theater offering nine member productions annually in three spaces on its fourteen-acre campus. Legendary performers Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Sir Ian McKellen, Tandy & Cronyn, and Olivia de Havilland trod the boards in the early days. With a more recent turn towards new work, creatives with Tony and Grammy Awards, OBIEs, and MacArthur Genius Grants have premiered their work here, like Moises Kaufman and Sergio Trujillo, among others. Along with Baltimore's Centerstage, Olney Theatre Center is one of Maryland's two state-designated theaters. After the pandemic, OTC’s return to programming will feature more interdisciplinary work – music and dance series, spoken word, and other kinds of performance – alongside its regular slate of plays and musicals.


Please submit by any means that you would like (letter, video, video letter, resume, portfolio, etc.) that best represents you and your work to, no calls please. Include and highlight any skills or experiences you think would be most crucial to this position. Depending on the volume of responses we may only be able to respond to candidates we wish to interview.

August 9, 2022


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