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Lead, Lighting

Alberta Ballet Company

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  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 1 year ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2023
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Salary: $32.00+

Company Overview

About us

Alberta Ballet thrills and inspires audiences with unparalleled productions. As a resident company of the Jubilee Auditorium, it reaches over 60,000 Albertans each year with performances in Calgary and Edmonton. 

Alberta Ballet was founded in 1966 in Edmonton by Ruth Carse and Muriel Taylor. Today, it is a holistic ecosystem: a major professional performing arts company with an integrated and internationally renowned ballet training institution.  

Alberta Ballet’s standing company of artists are classically trained and renowned for wide-ranging versatility. These dancers come from across Canada and around the world. 40% of the troupe are alumni of Alberta Ballet School, Alberta Ballet’s training division. 

The most powerful part of our work is what you’ll walk away with feelings, memories and connection. 


To uplift Albertans in every community through dance. 


To ignite the curiosity and imagination of people in all communities across the province, championing their stories and experiences through dance training, creation and performances. 

Job Description


  • Job Title: Lead, LightingReporting to: Technical DirectorLocation: Calgary, ABType of Position: Seasonal / Term Contract (August - May)Division: CompanyDepartment: ProductionDirect Reports: IATSE Casual Crew


    Purpose: Reporting to the Technical Director, the incumbent is responsible for maintenance and operation of company lighting and special effects equipment. The incumbent ensures good relations with a variety of interest groups, including casual labour, IATSE locals and personnel, the performing arts industry, and the community at large.

     Key Deliverables/Responsibilities:
    • Leadership and Mentorship
    • Construction/assembly and preparation for new creations and re-mounts/rentals.
    • Expense tracking, budget management and
    • Administration


    Detailed Tasks Associated with Key Deliverables: 1) Leadership and Mentorship
    • Provides a comfortable and safe place to work.
    • Motivates and develops direct reports.
    • Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal relations.
    • Communicates our mission and values to all stakeholders.

    2) Build and preparation for new creations and re-mounts/rentals.

    • Maintenance and pre-tour maintenance of all theatrical equipment, properties, scenic elements and cratage when required by the Technical Director.
    • Installation of lighting plots as provided.
    • When required by the Ballet, adaptation of lighting designs for the various performance venues and execution of documentation required for the designs, including lighting plots, dimmer controls, cue sheets, and colour lists.
    • Working closely with all members of the production department to ensure the highest possible quality of performance presentations.
    • Organization and delegation of all work in the department, including the hanging of lights, cabling, focusing, operation of the same and the placement of colour in each performance venue.
    • Assist in the loading of the trailer prior to a tour and the unloading following the tour.
    • Must be fully versed in the operation of all lighting, special effects and miscellaneous technical equipment and accessories and on occasion will be called upon to operate such equipment while the company is on tour.
    • Assist in the unloading and loading of the trailer at performance venues.
    • Supervise and assist the department at all technical rehearsals, cueing sessions, and performances.
    • Act as Board Op for Alberta Ballet
    • Compiling all new design information including materials used, vendors and material pricing.
    • Acting as the liaison between the TD and the casual lighting crew.
    • Determining if any supplemental pieces are required to fulfill the shows lighting requirements.
    • Managing the rebuild/maintenance requirements for the Nutcracker on a yearly basis as determined by the age and functionality of the lighting requirements.
    • Acting as the buyer for the department and gathering supplies as needed.


    3) Expense tracking, budget management and reporting.

    • Tracking all expenses for the department including invoices and visa statements.
    • Entering all expenses into a shared expense tracking worksheet as required.
    • Breaking down and manage maintenance budgets each year as required.
    • Submitting all lighting crew timesheets to the Technical Director biweekly as determined by the payroll schedule.

     4) Administration

    • Responsible for the general organization of information contained within the lighting department.
    • Managing all digital and hard copy files, digital archives are preferred over hard copy.
    • Maintain the company lighting inventory at the company warehouse location and in the venue.
    • Assist in implementation of company inventory database upgrade at warehouse. Qualifications:
      • Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
      • Strong leadership skills.
      • 2 years minimum professional lighting experience that may include but not limited to theatre and film production.
      • A post-secondary education in theatrical lighting is of benefit, but not required.
      • Strong understanding of the lighting design process.
      • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Lightwrite, and Vectorworks or AutoCAD.
      • Good working knowledge of the ETC Gio.
      • Budget management skills are an asset but not required.
      • Must be a full member of IATSE 212 or have sister status with IATSE 212 if from an outside local.
      • Must be Pink Card eligible.


      Working Conditions / physical requirements:
      • The schedule for prep in the warehouse is Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm and is outlined in the production schedule for days of work required.
      • The Lead Lighting will be required to travel with the company primarily between September and May (including December, no exceptions) or as outlined in the production schedule.
      • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, and speak and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
      • Must be prepared to use his or her own personal vehicle for occasional company business and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometer basis.
      • A demonstrable ability to handle a deadline oriented, fast paced environment.
      • The Lead Lighting is expected to be punctual, personable, and work well with others. This position requires strong organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills and a self- motivated attitude towards the work.
      • Primarily (but not limited to) working at the Alberta Ballet Warehouse for prep and the Southern and Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums during performance weeks.


      Key Relationships:
      • Ensure working relationships with the Rehearsal Directors, Artistic Director, Production Department, Stage Management and Wardrobe as well as with representatives of the School of Alberta Ballet.
      • Ensure working collaboration with Alberta Ballet administrative staff.
      • Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these include suppliers, IATSE locals, the performing arts industry, and the community at large.
      • Act always in the best interest of Alberta Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.


      The position of Lead Lighting is subject to the rates, terms and conditions as outlined in the IATSE White Contract dated IATSE Canadian Pink Contract. This position is included as Alberta Ballet Regular Crew. The Lead Lighting position is subject to all Alberta Ballet company policies and procedures. The Lead Lighting will be required to complete a police and Vulnerable Sector Check as a condition of employment.


Please send your cover letter and resume via our career opportunities portal.

  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 1 year ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2023
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Salary: $32.00+