Job Type


Department: Production

Reports to: Production Manager

Position Status: Regular, full-time for CTC season, August-May annually
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Position Summary: The Lighting Manager collaborates with lighting designers, directors, and other production staff to realize the artistic vision of City Theatre's five show subscription season, as well as three to four additional events such as the Young Playwrights Festival and the theatre’s annual gala (“The Bash”). In coordination with the Production Manager, the Lighting Manager maintains the lighting inventory in the historic 250-seat mainstage theater and the Lillie Theatre black box.

Principle responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares, installs, focuses, troubleshoots, and strikes light plots with the support of 2-3 non-union overhire technicians.
  • Works with lighting designers to achieve their vision within the available physical and budgetary resources of City Theatre.
  • Communicates with production management and other production staff about lighting needs and timelines to support efficient builds, installs, and strikes.
  • Acts as lighting programmer during technical rehearsals. City Theatre’s maximum technical rehearsal is an 8/10; 15-20 hours of overtime should be expected during tech weeks.
  • Operates the lightboard for 4-5 performances per week per show, in rotation with an overhire operator. 
  • Advises on and supports the lighting needs of rental groups, as able. (Overhire electricians are hired when the Lighting Manager’s schedule does not allow the support of rental events.)
  • Liaises with City Theatre’s maintenance and emergency repair contractor, currently Knight Sound & Lighting.
  • Maintains updated lighting inventories and drawings, including a rep plot in the Lillie Theatre. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience managing a light plot from preparation and installation through strike.
  • Basic electrical engineering skills such as soldering.
  • The ability to read electrical diagrams and schematics.
  • Familiarity with Vectorworks, Lightwright, and a variety of lighting equipment.
  • Ability to program (or quickly learn to program) lighting files in ETC EOS software on ETC Ion and ETC Element family consoles.
  • Aptitude for supervising overhire workers.
  • The ability to communicate thoughtfully and professionally about solutions, capacities, and needs on both a departmental and personal level.
  • Strong self-motivation and independence in carrying out responsibilities, organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines.
  • A commitment to collaboration and the organization’s values, which include a dedicated focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility; employees are expected to engage in professional training related to the organization’s anti-racism commitments. Learn more about City Theatre’s commitments to this work at 
  • Ability to collaborate with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds, work-styles, and professional experiences. 
  • A commitment and ability to advocate for “radical hospitality” across the organization.
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Microsoft Word) is welcomed; training assistance will be made available.
  • Must be licensed to drive in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and have a driving record that City Theatre’s insurance company deems as acceptable for coverage.  
  • Position requires physical demands such as:
  • o  Working at heights (on catwalks and ladders)
  • o  Frequently moving between multiple buildings on City Theatre’s campus
  • o Navigating stairs
  • o The ability to lift up to 50 pounds 
  • Be fully vaccinated from Covid-19 and current with all CDC-recommended and eligible boosters.

Reporting & Compensation:

The Lighting Manager reports directly the Production Manager. This is a regular, full-time non-exempt position during City Theatre’s season, August-May annually. Pay rate is $21/hour and includes a 100% employer-covered health plan, plus optional vision, dental, and 403(b) plans, and generous paid leave.  

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and résumé through the City Theatre hiring portal available under “Auditions & Employment” on the organization’s website; or, alternatively, send materials via email to For more information about City Theatre, visit No phone calls, please. Cover letter may be addressed to the Production Manager, Rachel D’Amboise.  

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they fulfill an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. So, whether you are returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.

Please use your cover letter to tell us about what you hope to bring to this role, and how your background and experience respond to the desired skills and qualities. 


City Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and we strongly encourage applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) candidates. In building an equitable work environment, the organization values diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets. City Theatre does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. City Theatre is committed to building a team that reflects its values and encourages all interested candidates to apply.

Founded in 1975, City Theatre is in its 48th season as Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival, now in its 21st year; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays that engage and challenge a diverse audience. Its vision is to be the best mid-sized theater in America. Organizational core values are: Community; Collaboration; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility; and Creativity. With an annual average operating budget of over $3.1million, City Theatre is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). In August 2021, City Theatre announced a re-structuring of the artistic director position, elevating current staff members Clare Drobot and Monteze Freeland to Co-Artistic Directors with Marc Masterson, who had held the title of singular artistic director since 2018. The trio join Managing Director James McNeel as co-leaders of the organization. It is governed by a board of 22 community volunteers (Caitlin Green, board president). Learn more at  

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