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Organizational Overview

Penobscot Theatre Company is a nonprofit regional professional theatre company in Bangor, Maine. Our  mission is to produce high-quality, professional theatre works and programs that inspire the imagination  and cultivate a lifelong passion for the art form in the heart of Maine and beyond. Having earned a reputation for excellence and  innovation for nearly 50 years, the company seeks to broaden its impact as the region’s cultural  cornerstone – an engine of creativity, intellectual stimulation, economic growth, and fun. By creating  distinctive live theatre performances and programs that fully engage the heart and mind, we will  continue to fuel the imagination of our audience, cultivate connections and understanding, and deeply  enrich our community.

For more information about our work, please visit our website at 

Position Overview 

The Lighting Supervisor is  responsible for communicating clearly with the lighting designer in order to implement the lighting design for each of the theatre’s productions, which involves overseeing the preparation, hanging, connection, focusing, and maintenance of stage lighting fixtures. This position is part-time, year-round. Daily employment primarily is on-site at the Bangor Opera House. 


    • Interpret the materials supplied by the designers and determine the most efficient way to hang the plot
      • Communicating with Production Manager and Lighting Designer as needed
      • Problem solve and creatively engage with possible ways to implement desired lighting effects.
    • Participate in production load-ins and strikes, directing workers as needed to ensure efficiency  and safety 
      • Schedules/space use to be coordinated with the Technical DIrector
    • Maintain the theatrical lighting inventory and oversee the repair/maintenance of all lighting fixtures, cables, effects, power distribution,  dimmers, networking and lighting control consoles 
    • Maintain cleanliness and order in all storage locations
    • Adherence to  fire and other safety codes when applicable 
    • Run light focus with the designer 
    • Assist in planning, research, and engineering of practicals, special effects, and special projects. 
    • Patch instruments as per the lighting paperwork, insuring everything to be in working order prior to the beginning of tech
    • Creation of magic sheets for each production
    • Keep accurate and tidy paperwork
    • Maintain lighting budgets, under the supervision of the Production Manager
    • Organization and purchasing of all electrical consumables and assistance with other production  purchasing, pick-up, and delivery as needed 
    • Directly supervise electrical contractors, volunteers, and apprentices
    • Training of light board and spotlight operators 
    • Make recommendations for upgrades, providing research and quotes when necessary
  • Participate in all scheduled production meetings and full staff meetings as scheduled
  • Assist in facility lighting repair in partnership with the Production Manager(Facilities Director)
  • Assist in the rigging inspection and maintenance of all line sets 
  • Occasional assist/consult with sound & A/V 

Minimum Requirements

  • Three years of professional theatrical lighting experience or equivalent combination of education and professional experiences preferred. 
  • US Driver’s license 
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Desired Skills and Knowledge

  • Thorough understanding of the electrical safety code 
  • An understanding of and flexible/creative use of theatrical tech systems (lighting, sound, stage curtains, etc)
  • Proficiency with ETC systems, Microsoft Office, G-Suite, and QLab
  • Basic knowledge of A/V equipment and systems
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize and shift swiftly between tasks without compromising safety and quality
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethic and a sense of urgency 
  • Manual dexterity and coordination to operate lighting equipment 
  • Ability to concentrate on complex and fine details with frequent interruption.
  • Ability to multitask and work well under pressure; meet deadlines.
  • Must be self-motivated with strong organizational skills; a positive attitude is essential.

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The Lighting Supervisor reports to the Production Manager and works in close collaboration with visiting designers as well as all members of the production team. 

You’ll be a great fit if:

  • You have a passion and enthusiasm for theatre, arts, and arts education.
  • You are a critical thinker with an ability to problem solve 
  • You thrive in collaborative environments
  • You are comfortable with managing multiple projects
  • You stay calm under pressure
  • You are self-directed and eager to learn new things
  • You are a champion of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion values.

Company Values:

The successful candidate will exhibit an unwavering commitment to the company’s values:  

Creativity. We are a destination for imagination, and we support the creative process by encouraging  thoughtful risk-taking and unconventional approaches to problem-solving and story-telling.  

Honesty. We tell the truth through our art and in every personal interaction.  

Respect. We demonstrate respect for ourselves, for others, and for the work we do by acting ethically;  welcoming difference; showing appreciation for the unique experiences, perspectives, and contributions  of others; and engaging in open exchange about ideas and decisions. 

Responsibility. We acknowledge the context and consider the consequences of our actions, serving as thoughtful stewards of our resources and holding ourselves accountable.  

Fairness. We balance conflicting interests and exercise impartiality, objectivity, and equity in our  interpersonal relationships, treating others as we would like to be treated. 

Compassion. We act with sensitivity to the feelings of others and seek to promote empathy and  understanding through our work.  

Greatness. We strive continuously to improve, aspiring to the highest standards  and contributing actively to a culture of excellence.  

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $17,500 – $19,500 depending on experience
Hours: 20 hours a week on average

The Lighting Supervisor position is a part-time (exempt), salaried position.

This description is not intended to be a complete statement of job content, rather to act as a guide to the essential functions performed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals who work at Penobscot Theatre Company are “at will” employees. A more complete explanation of Penobscot Theatre Company personnel procedures is described in the Staff Handbook.

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