Staging and Rigging Supervisor
About Texas Performing Arts
Texas Performing Arts (TPA) is the professional arts presenting and producing program of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., TPA is an anchor institution in Austin’s arts, cultural, and entertainment landscape. TPA operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater, Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; an international season of dance, theater, music and more; and the Texas Welcomes series of popular artists. TPA is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university in creative experiences. To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visit https://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment.
Why Join Texas Performing Arts?
This position offers the opportunity to be part of a first-class production team in one of the country’s busiest venues. You will work on a wide variety of productions, from touring Broadway to experimental works-in-process. Your work will contribute to advancing the arts at one of the highest-ranked universities in the country and inspiring audiences in one of the most exciting cities in America.
UT Austin provides an outstanding benefits package, including but not limited to:
• Competitive health benefits (employee premiums covered at 100%, family premiums at 50%)
• Voluntary Vision, Dental, Life, and Disability insurance options
• Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays
• Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a defined benefit retirement plan, with 7.75% employer matching funds
• Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation program 457(b)
• Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses
• Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional development opportunities
• For more details, please see: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits and https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/my-total-rewards
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.
The Staging & Rigging Supervisor of Texas Performing Arts (TPA) is responsible for the theatrical staging and rigging aspects of all of TPA’s events and facilities. As part of TPA’s production team and reporting to the Director of Production, the Staging & Rigging Supervisor manages the efficient and safe use of staging and rigging systems, personnel, and processes to ensure production excellence across all of TPA’s activities. The position enables artists to fully realize their visions, creates exceptional experiences for audiences, and prioritizes the health and safety of people and spaces. To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visit https://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment.
• Planning and Management: Effectively and diplomatically coordinate with visiting productions, event producers, staff, and other stakeholders. In concert with other production department team members, create the highest level of production quality for all Texas Performing Arts events. Ensure that staging, rigging, soft goods, counterweight systems, lifting equipment, and stage elevator systems conform to required specifications. Use departmental databases and other systems to effectively share planning, cost, and schedule information. Create and maintain clear and accurate schedules, paperwork, and plans for staging and rigging aspects of productions. Coordinate with vendors on the purchase or rental of equipment. Obtain quotes and participate in bidding processes. Create, track, and reconcile staging and rigging department and event budgets. Anticipate and proactively correct potential production conflicts and problems. Develop and maintain strong relationships with production stakeholders and peers across the university, in the region, and nationally. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of historical, current, and emerging industry practices. (30%)
• Event Production: Supervise and participate in load-ins, set-ups, performances, strikes, and load-outs. Function as a staging/rigging technical designer, department head, technician, or fly operator as assigned. Oversee architectural or environmental staging and rigging effects beyond the stage when required. Setup and operate staging/rigging equipment in ancillary spaces when required. Demonstrate a backstage work ethic of proficiency, safety, excellence, and creative problem-solving. (30%)
• Facilities and Equipment: Maintain staging, rigging, soft goods, counterweight systems, lifting equipment, and stage elevator equipment and systems throughout the facility at peak operating levels. Regularly inspect and advise on the status of equipment and systems as well as repair or maintenance needs. Research and make recommendations for equipment and system replacement and improvements. Evaluate and adopt new systems and technology throughout TPA’s operations. Maintain, track, and document changes to equipment inventory and system information. (30%)
• Leadership and Training: Manage staging and rigging personnel including professional staff, labor vendor employees, contractors, and students. Develop learning opportunities for UT students. Maintain and directly contribute to a production culture of mentorship, experiential learning, and professional experience for students at UT and in the greater Austin area. Ensure compliance with university policies and procedures regarding student employees. Participate in meeting TPA’s inclusion, equity, accessibility, and diversity goals, with a particular emphasis on students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in production disciplines. (10%)
• Perform other related functions as assigned. This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described.
• At least four (5) years of experience managing and maintaining staging and rigging systems for a variety of conditions and events.
• Demonstrated experience with a wide range of types of live performance.
• Demonstrated experience leading the departmental advance process for staging and rigging including scheduling, budgeting, equipment substitution, and staffing.
• Demonstrated experience with standard theatrical work rules and general conditions for professional stage crews. Demonstrated managerial skill leading and motivating crew of various levels of experience.
• Demonstrated accomplishment in creating, implementing, repairing, maintaining and using staging and rigging system designs of high quality.
• A demonstrated knowledge of staging and rigging systems, equipment, safety protocols, and best practices; to include the following:
o Counter weight fly systems
o Rigging equipment and systems
o Platforming systems
o Chain hoist systems
o Shaft driven lifting devices (pit lifts)
o Tracked curtain systems
o Personnel access equipment (personnel lifts, ladders, fall protection, etc.)
o Standard theatrical knots
• Computer skills: MS Office suite, CAD drafting programs, rigging calculation programs.
• Demonstrated ability to operate fly systems for live events.
• Ability to lift fifty (50) pounds.
• Effective Communications: Demonstrated understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
• Accuracy and Attention to Detail: Demonstrated understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail; ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
• Service Excellence: Demonstrated knowledge of customer service concepts and techniques; ability to meet or exceed customer needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.
• Problem Solving: Demonstrated knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
• Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• ETCP rigger certification (Theater and/or Arena).
• OSHA 10 and/or OSHA 30 training.
• More than the minimum required level of experience.
• Four or more years of experience working in a supervisory capacity.
• Fluency in a language other than English.
• Demonstrated staging and rigging experience in an arts presenting organization; arts producing organization; university-based organization; or multi-venue performing arts organization.
• Demonstrated staging and rigging experience with international artists and productions.
• Demonstrated staging and rigging experience in an educational setting; experience in teaching, mentorship, or training roles; experience mentoring student employees.
• Demonstrated accomplishment creating growth opportunities for full-time team members; experience creating professional development opportunities for part-time and on-call production crew members.
• Demonstrated fluency in the use of staging and rigging technology and commitment to adopting new technology; current, demonstrated fluency in all stage production disciplines.
• Interest in and strong commitment to the mission and programs of Texas Performing Arts.
• Familiarity with Texas Performing Arts venues.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in past work roles.
• Familiarity with UT Austin policies and procedures.
• Other relevant professional education or credentials.
$60,000+ depending on qualifications.
• This position is based in Austin, Texas. If relocating from outside the area, the appointment may begin with a limited period of 100% remote work. Under normal circumstances, this position may allow for occasional instances of remote work on a very limited basis.
• Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
• Prolonged screen time
• Use of manual dexterity
• Climbing of stairs and ladders, working at height
• Pushing, pulling, lifting, and moving up to 50 lbs
• Evening, weekend, and holiday work, including “on-call” times, are required in connection with performances and events. Working shifts may include extended daily hours in connection with performances and events. Work will exceed 40 hours per week at peak times. A compensatory time program is provided.
• Cover letter detailing interest in and qualifications for this specific opportunity.
• 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.
• Work samples may be requested if applicant advances to the interview stage.
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.
Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left-hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.