Lighting Apprentice

Jacob’s Pillow seeks a Lighting Apprentice to join the Production Department and report directly to the Lighting Supervisor. The Lighting Apprentice is expected to be able to function independently on projects under his or her direct supervision as well as assist the Lighting Supervisor in the day-to-day operations of the Lighting Department, maintain a safe and healthy work environment, and help coordinate lighting resources, both owned and rented, related to the production of festival performances and special events.


  • Assisting with the advance planning of lighting resources for festival performances and special events
  • Assisting with oversight of installation, maintenance, and safe operation of the festival’s theatrical lighting systems.  This includes instructing production interns in the theory and safe use of electricity, electrical fixtures, cables, dimmers, control systems, etc.
  • Providing adequate notice to Production Managers and Master Electricians of any specific needs for all crew calls, including load-ins, load-outs, extended rehearsals or performance calls, notes, and changeovers
  • Creating and maintaining all necessary paperwork with Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Assisting with the seasonal opening and closing of the Festival’s performance spaces, studios, exhibition spaces, and temporary tents
  • Attending weekly meetings with production staff to plan for upcoming companies, and weekly meetings with production interns to educate them on upcoming companies
  • Training production interns in their specific duties and offering advice and guidance towards the completion of the assigned tasks
  • Overseeing the daily maintenance of a well-lighted environment for all areas of the indoor performance spaces including FOH and dressing rooms
  • Under the general direction of the Director of Technical Production, assisting with coordination of emergency response for staff and patrons in the event of an emergency or extreme weather
  • Completion of Adult/Child CPR and First Aid Training (provided to all seasonal staff prior to Festival)
  • Train Production Interns in lighting and theater production
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Previous experience including college degree in theatre or minimum of 4 years of related experience in theatrical lighting
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment
  • Strong working knowledge and comfort with the use of Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Strong attention to detail and proactive monitoring of processes with excellent communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under a deadline, and work flexible hours.
  • Valid driver’s license.

To Apply:  Please email cover letter, resume, and references to Vincent Vigilante, [email protected], with “Lighting Apprentice” in the subject line.

All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Please do not mail hard copies.