Light Designer - GREAT Theatre, St. Cloud

Position Summary

The Lighting Designer shall function as the light designer for all GREAT productions, camps and special events. This includes performance lighting, electrical effects, projections as well as any lighting or electrically “practical” scenery (projections, props, or costumes), and “special effects” such as fog and haze.

Job Functions

Typical activities vary according to the needs of the season. However, the GREAT Lighting Designer is generally responsible for:

● Design lighting for all GREAT productions, camps and special events.

● Directing and facilitating the procurement, installation and strike of all lighting equipment and elements in a timely manner.

● Preparation and updating of all required paperwork to track lighting designs.

● Working with stage management and stage operations for placement of all cue, work, and running lights backstage for each production.

● Provide Technical Director with estimates of labor and materials required to produce lighting effects based on the script and production.

● Attendance at all staff, production meetings, technical rehearsals, and preview performances as determined necessary by the Technical Director.

● Maintaining effective communication with all designers, stage manager, and staff to ensure smooth installation and operation of electrics department needs on a production.

● Generate, maintain, and distribute technical specifications, drawings, and equipment inventories of GREAT spaces to guest designers as needed.

● Effectively communicating and working closely with any Guest Lighting Designers and Directors to materialize their vision, within financial and scheduling constraints and available resources.

● Construction of special effects as necessary.

● Maintaining a clean and safe work environment at all times.

● Evening and weekend hours as required

● Must be able to lift 50 lbs

● This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive. This position may be asked to perform other related duties in order to meet the ongoing needs of GREAT.


A person in this position should possess the following:

● In-depth knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment and systems, including conventional instruments, scrollers, automated lighting, LED technology, special effects, AC and DC electrical systems, single and three-phase power distribution and wireless control.

● Working knowledge of theatrical design and theatre history and of different venue types with varying production schedules.

● Working knowledge of Vectorworks, QLab, MS Office and Windows.

● Demonstrated skills in the troubleshooting, repair and improvement of lighting, projection, and special effects equipment.

● Demonstrated proficiency in the operation and programming of theatrical lighting consoles and projection systems.

● Strong written and verbal communication skills.

● Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask.

● Ability to support GREAT’s values and operating procedures.

● Ability to work both independently and as a contributing member of a team.

● Ability to follow safety standards and procedures

This position requires work on nights and weekends. The position will also require minimal travel (mostly within 60 miles of Waite Park) and lifting (up to 50 pounds).  

If this is YOU, then please apply!

Contact information

GREAT Theatre
Dennis A Whipple
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Saturday, May 26
Posted April 26