Brown/Trinity Technical Assistant

Job Title: Brown/Trinity Technical Assistant
Department: MFA
Reports To: Brown/Trinity Technical Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Seasonal Full-time
Compensation: $20/hour
Desired Start Date: 10/5/22

Summary: The Brown University/Trinity repertory Company MFA Program (an educational, professional training program) seeks an Assistant Technical Supervisor for 2022/2023 academic season. The Assistant Technical Supervisor works directly with the Technical Supervisor to install, troubleshoot, focus, and operate lighting and sound systems in the program’s main performance venue, The Pell Chafee Performance Center. Responsibilities include assisting in the hang, circuiting, coloring, and focusing of lighting systems based on relevant plot paperwork, as well as assisting with the hang, cabling, and focusing of sound systems based on relevant plot and diagram paperwork. Responsibilities also include support of student directors and actors with various production/technical needs throughout the academic calendar, in several of the program’s spaces. 

This is a full time, season position. Pay is $20/hour, overtime after 40 hours in a Monday-Sunday week. Position runs until May aligned with the Academic Calendar. 

Tech weeks (into performances) will exceed 40 hours. Nights and weekends during performance schedules will be expected/required. 

Tentative season performance calendar below (subject to change):

Thesis 2 – 2022

Load-in: 10/3-11/1 (Monday-Friday)

Tech and previews: 11/5-11/11


Performances: 11/12-11/13, 11/17-11/20

Thesis 3 – 2022/2023

Load-in: 12/5-1/17 (Monday-Friday)

Tech and previews: 1/21-1/27

Opening: 1/27

Performances: 1/28-1/29, 2/2-2/5

Thesis 4 – 2023

Load-in: 2/6-2/28

Tech and previews: 3/4-3/10

Opening: 3/10

Performances: 3/11-3/12, 3/16-3/19

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Working with the Technical Supervisor and design teams to install, troubleshoot, operate, and focus lighting and sound systems.
  • Helping with general space and equipment maintenance
  • Liaising with professional design teams and student directors and actors, as needed
  • Assistance with/support of smaller academic and programmatic projects throughout the academic year (studio projects, recitals, etc). 
  • For all performances during the season, functioning as either soundboard operator, whose responsibilities include:
  • Live mixing of state performances, including management of wired and wireless microphones.
  • Operating a digital console in conjunction with qlab for the playback of prerecorded cues.
  • Working with the sound designer to record scenes and cues during the tech process, and operation of any preprogrammed content during performances.

or as lightboard operator, whose responsibilities include: 

  • Operating/programming the lighting console (an ETC Element), based on designer instruction during tech process, execution of recorded cues during performances. 


  • A demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide variety of artists, technicians, and administrators, with varying degrees of experience. 
  • Must commit to work in a production department centered in anti-racist policies and practices, and to foster and sustain a culture that values community, social justice, and equity. 
  • Ability to work well at heights, and safely lift objects overhead in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Strong safety knowledge and use of safe practices.
  • Ability to read and interpret design drawings.
  • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure. 

Education and/or Experience:

Two years or more relevant experience in a theatrical environment or relevant employment or internship; interest and/or involvement in the arts related enterprise; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Qualifications:

  • Professional theater/live event employment or industry internship experience. 
  • Familiarity with EOS family of consoles a plus
  • Familiarity with live mixing,) particularly with digital consoles) a plus

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Ability to safely move objects in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work at heights.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for prolonged periods of time.

Work Environment:

  • The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high.
  • The light level in the work environment ranges from light to dark.
  • Some night and weekend hours are required.
  • Brown/Trinity is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams. 

Brown/Trinity Rep is a rigorous professional training program that combines technical training from Brown University with real-world experience at a Tony Award-winning regional theater. The ultimate goal of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs is to produce artists who will be leaders in the world of professional and academic theater, artists who will graduate with a profound belief in the uniqueness of their own imaginative vision as well as with strong confidence in their technical and creative ability to execute it. They will be ready to enter the competitive professional industry with clear-sightedness and hope, and eager to engage in the life-long exploration of discovery that comprises a life in the theater.

Brown/Trinity acknowledges explicitly that we ourselves operate within a culture dominated by structures of discrimination, and that doing so has caused harm in our own community-in particular, to our BIPOC students and faculty members. Brown/Trinity commits without equivocation to continue to develop a program centered in anti-racist policies and practices, and to foster and sustain a culture that values community, social justice, and equity. We believe these are essential components of our- of any- professional training program. 

Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For in formation about Trinity Rep’s commitment to anti-racism, please visit