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Lighting & Projection Supervisor

Position: Lighting & Projection Supervisor
Department: Production
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Compensation: $70,000 salary + benefits


Mission: Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement: In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, visitors, and the public we serve. As such, Geffen is proud to have implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees, including contracted third-party staff, and new hires. In accordance with our mission, we firmly believe that vaccinating all employees is essential for our community’s safety and health. Should you have any questions regarding this, please speak with your recruiting contact directly. The Company understands and respects that a limited number of candidates may have medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine. As such, we are asking those candidates who wish to request an exemption from being required to be vaccinated, submit a request for their exemption through Human Resources once hired.

Position Summary

Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA seeks a Lighting and Projection Supervisor to join the Production Department, starting immediately. The Geffen produces in two theaters, the mainstage Gil Cates Theater (LORT B) and studio space Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater (LORT D). This position is the head of the lighting department, responsible for translating the plots, plans, and paperwork from lighting and projection designers to create fully working systems onstage. In addition to the Geffen’s regular production season, this position will also provide support as needed for events as directed. This position reports to the Production Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement lighting and projection designs for the Geffen production season.
  • Hiring and supervision of overhire crew to install, focus, and maintain lighting and video systems.
  • Maintain all Geffen-owned equipment and inventories, including documentation to be shared with visiting designers.
  • Prepare shop orders and coordinate purchasing and rental packages as needed with local vendors, including maintaining professional relationships with those vendors to ensure best pricing.
  • Prepare all show operation paperwork, such as plots, channel hookups, and system start-up and shut down procedures.
  • Support the scenery and property departments for any set electrics requiring electricity.
  • Liaise with design teams and stage managers, as well as Production Department staff throughout the production process.
  • Collaborate with Production Manager on planning for capital improvements, including equipment life cycle analysis for existing inventory.
  • Work alongside the Facilities Department as needed to maintain the building’s architectural lighting systems.
  • Reflect a commitment to the Geffen’s Mission and DEI Statement.

Skills & Background

  • Extensive knowledge of standard theatrical production practices.
  • Expert knowledge of theatrical lighting systems, equipment, and practices.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in professional non-profit or commercial theater companies.
  • Programing and operation experience with the ETC EOS Console Family required.
  • Proficient with Vectorworks, Lightwright, and Microsoft Office (or comparable productivity suite).
  • Working knowledge and experience with projection systems and equipment, including video playback software such as Q-Lab, WatchOut, and/or Isadora.
  • Capable experience in computer networking for theatrical applications.
  • Experience with ETC Paradigm architectural control system a plus.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable working on ladders and in personnel or scissor lifts at heights up to 30’.
  • Possess strong leadership and organizational skills, coupled with a calming presence.


  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: The Geffen covers the costs of HMO for health, and PPO for Dental and Vision. The option to “buy up” to PPO coverage and / or to add spouses, domestic partners, and children to their health policy.
  • Life Insurance: The Geffen provides all regular full-time employees with a $25,000 life insurance policy, at no cost to the employee.
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan: The Geffen offers its regular full-time employees the opportunity to purchase additional benefit programs to off-set medical and dependent-care related expenses.
  • Retirement Plan: The Geffen has established a retirement plan commonly known as a code section 401 (k) profit sharing plan which is currently available after one year of service.

Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at No phone calls, please.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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