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Lighting & Projection Supervisor

POSITION: Lighting and Projection Supervisor
DEPARTMENT: Production
STATUS: Full-time, exempt
SALARY: $70,000/year



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.


In recognition of the national 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.


The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA seeks a Lighting and Projection Supervisor to join the Production Department, starting immediately ahead of the upcoming 2021/2022 season. 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.


May include, but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • 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


  • Fundamental 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 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 in personnel and scissor lifts at heights up to 30’
  • Possess strong leadership and organizational skills, coupled with a calming presence


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

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us via telephone at 310.208.6500 x148.

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.

Geffen Playhouse expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Geffen Playhouse’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


To protect employees and their families as well as our contractors, vendors, and patrons from the spread of COVID-19, Geffen Playhouse has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. As a condition of employment, all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination (the vaccine) unless the employee requests and receives an exemption from HR. Employees must schedule and obtain all recommended doses of the vaccine from an authorized health care provider or other third-party administrator, such as a local pharmacy.

Any employee who seeks an exemption from this policy based on a disability or any medical condition that is a contraindication to the vaccine, such as a history of certain allergic reactions; or a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice that conflicts with being vaccinated, must be willing to explore with the organization the prospects for reasonable accommodation in lieu of such vaccination. The organization will grant accommodation if it is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship or pose a health or safety risk to that employee or to others potentially affected. While we ask that you not provide any medical or genetic information with that request, we will maintain as confidential any such information that comes to light in the process.