Head Lighting Technician – Multiple Roles


Name: Martin Howard

Phone: 08 8216 8600

Email: Martin.Howard@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Location: Adelaide SA

  • Full-time vacancy, on a 3-year fixed term contract, working 40 hours per week with one RDO per month
  • Base Salary $63,898.70 plus superannuation, overtime and penalties
  • 15% Attraction and Retention Allowance payable for 2 years 
  • Four weeks annual leave per year

About Adelaide Festival Centre

Established in 1973, Adelaide Festival Centre is South Australia’s principal performing arts venue and a leading Asia Pacific cultural centre. Adelaide Festival Centre produces a bold, exciting and extensive program of festivals, events and performances all year round, to inspire educate and entertain audiences from a variety of ages and cultures. 

Adelaide Festival Centre prides itself on providing support and development and maintaining a positive work environment for all employees.  As the home of performing arts in South Australia, we aim to uphold exceptional customer service to external organisations and patrons. 


Adelaide Festival Centre operates four theatres in the Adelaide CBD – the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre and the newly redeveloped Her Majesty’s Theatre. 

About the vacancy

As we continue to deliver a strong program in 2024, Adelaide Festival Centre is looking for two enthusiastic and suitably qualified individuals to undertake fulltime roles as technical theatre professionals in the Lighting Department


Reporting to the Head of Department – Lighting, these positions are responsible for the provision and operation of equipment and system support for performances in our venues and festivals.

Head Lighting Technicians have significant experience and are expected to attend and achieve the outcomes from departmental meetings, instigate repair and maintenance programs and pro-actively assist the Head of Department – Lighting as required.

Head Lighting Technicians are expected to model respectful behaviour to the team and to lead by example in both performance and attitude.

If you are proactive, solution based and have a passion for the performing arts – we want to hear from you!


  • Lead and manage Lighting bump ins and outs, rehearsals and performances of shows and events
  • Coordinate and participate in rehearsals and performances of productions and events
  • Lead and manage Lighting crew ensuring all policies and procedures around employee entitlements and WHS and Risk are adhered to
  • Liaise and interpret client requirements for productions, instigate actions that will achieve stated objectives and where appropriate, provide solutions
  • Prepare, modify, apply and interpret show plans and documentation
  • Undertake operational roles within the department including rostering, quoting and equipment logistics and hires
  • In association with the Head of Department – Lighting educate, train, guide and develop staff in all aspects of Lighting including safe work practices
  • Manage all equipment for production use, including checking equipment for damage or loss and initiating procedures for routine maintenance and repair
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of technical capabilities of all Adelaide Festival Centre venues and ancillary areas
  • Communicate with Production Coordinators and other departments to ensure effective outcomes are achieved for Adelaide Festival Centre clients

Competencies and Skills

  • Significant experience as a Lighting Technician in the theatrical and/or live performance industries
  • Experience in operating either ETC EOS or GrandMA Lighting consoles
  • Elevated Work Platform certificate
  • Contemporary education, skills, knowledge and experience in Lighting equipment, design, operation and delivery
  • Ability to consult, collaborate and effectively communicate and provide advice to a broad range of people in a range of contexts
  • Possess a understanding of the entertainment industry, its terminology, traditions and protocol
  • A commitment to the delivery of excellent customer service
  • Experience within a multi venue arts centre (desirable)
  • People leadership and team building skills 

Benefits and Culture

Adelaide Festival Centre offers a range of benefits to its employees including salary packaging and staff price tickets to shows, festivals and productions.

Adelaide Festival Centre is located on Kaurna Yarta. We respect First Nations people around Australia and acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour their spiritual relationship with their country, and we do so in the spirit of reconciliation. Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to being an inclusive, supportive workplace and an employer of choice for First Nations people. Adelaide Festival Centre has recently had its ambitious Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan approved by Reconciliation Australia.

Adelaide Festival Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. First Nations people and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

The public sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. 

If you believe this job is suited to you, don’t miss this opportunity to apply.


All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a cover letter stating your potential contribution to this role, the relevant skills and experience you can offer Adelaide Festival Centre, together with a current resume identifying relevant career, personal and educational achievements.

For more information about Adelaide Festival Centre and a copy of the position description, please visit the ‘employment page’ on our website: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Enquires can be directed to Martin Howard, Head of Department, Lighting at Martin.Howard@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Please submit all applications via SEEK by 4:00pm Friday 24 May 2024


Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • How many years’ experience do you have as a Lighting Technician?

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