Head Staging Technician – Multiple Roles


Name: Nathan Luscombe


Email: Nathan.Luscombe@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Location: Adelaide, SA

  • Full time vacancies on 3-year fixed term contracts
  • Reporting to the Head of Department – Staging
  • Overtime available
  • Exciting opportunity in unique venues for a technical theatre professionals

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. 

About the vacancy

As we continue to deliver a strong program in 2023, Adelaide Festival Centre is looking for technical theatre professionals to join its Staging Department. 

Reporting to the Head of Department, Staging, these positions are responsible for provision and operation of equipment and support for performances in our venues. The services include set construction, rigging, props coordination and operating fly systems for stage effects and scene changes.

Head Staging 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 – Staging in achieving the departmental outcomes.


  • Technical support to Adelaide Festival Centre performances and events 
  • Lead and manage Staging bump ins and outs, rehearsals and performances of shows and events.
  • Coordinate and participate in rehearsal and performance of technical scene changes and cues.
  • Lead and manage crew ensuring all policies and procedures around employee entitlements and WHS and Risk are adhered to.
  • Liaise with client and others to ensure requirements are met and where appropriate provide solutions.
  • In association with Head of Department – Staging, educate, train, guide and develop staff in all aspects of staging including safe work practices.
  • As required, undertake operational roles within the department including rostering, quoting and equipment logistics and hires.
  • Manage all equipment accurately for production use. Including check equipment for damage or loss and initiating procedures for routine maintenance and repair.

Key Competencies 

  • Significant experience in Staging in a live performance and/or theatrical environment
  • Contemporary education, skills, knowledge and experience in Staging 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.
  • Sound interpersonal and communicational skills with the ability to build and maintain professional working relationships.
  • A commitment to the delivery of excellent customer service.
  • Ability to work within a team environment and to work cooperatively with other staff, supervisors/managers and touring organisations
  • Elevated Work Platform, Dogman and Rigging certificates (Desirable)
  • Experience within a multi venue arts centre (Desirable)

Benefits and Culture

Adelaide Festival Centre is located on Kaurna Yerta. 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 has recently submitted its ambitious Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan ‘Reconciliation Australia’ for final approval.

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 Nathan Luscombe, Head of Technical and Production at Nathan.Luscombe@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Please submit all applications via SEEK by 4:00pm Friday 7 April 2023

APPLY HERE: https://www.seek.com.au/job/66079029

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