Venue Technical Supervisor


Name: Graham Henstock



Location: Sydney - Kensington

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or disability status.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s premier training ground for future leaders and practitioners in the performing arts. Located at Kensington in Sydney, it is a centre of excellence in education and training. NIDA is unique in the world for its conservatoire training in the range that it offers which includes Acting, Design, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Writing for Performance, Directing and Cultural Leadership.

The Opportunity


This position supports the efficient operation of NIDA as the elite Australian educational institute for the dramatic arts and of NIDA’s venues as a commercial performing arts centre by providing hands on technical support and supervision for shows and events within NIDA’s performance venues.  The position requires an experienced technical production practitioner, who is an effective manager, possesses good self-motivation, and in-depth knowledge in at least one technical production discipline (staging, lighting, sound or vision).  The role is a minimum 38 hours per week with mutually negotiated call times.

About You

  • Broad experience and skills in theatre technical production, with in-depth knowledge of at least one technical theatre discipline (staging, lighting, sound and/or vision)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide an excellent standard of customer service.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate information.
  • Demonstrated time management skills in the context of teams and self.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work co-operatively as part of a team.
  • Experience in supervising and training a range of casual staff and/or students.
  • Proven ability to work independently, exercise initiative and take ownership of assigned tasks to completion.
  • Demonstrated willingness to embrace organisational change including use of modern technology and an ability to analyse and problem solve in the context of change and continuous improvement.
  • Proficiency in at least one CAD program, such as AUTOCAD and/or Vectorworks.
  • Demonstrated interest in the performing arts.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and other relevant software packages including digital technologies and audio visual applications.
  • Availability to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings

Position Profile

Please download the position profile for more information about this role.

Salary (TRP)

$56,516.37 inclusive of 9.5% Superannuation. Penalty rates will apply in addition to the salary for work completed on weekends (as per the Live Performance Award 2020).

Benefits of Working for NIDA

  • Annual Leave Loading (17.5%)
  • Novated Car Leases
  • Workplace Banking
  • A short bus ride from Central Station and Sydney CBD
  • Discounted Health Club & Aquatic Membership at UNSW
  • Access to the UNSW Library
  • Complimentary tickets to NIDA student productions
  • Continuing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Discounts from NIDA bars during events
  • 50% discount for immediate family members to attend the NIDA Open programs

What we’re looking for

Essential components of your application

  • A brief cover letter that demonstrates your understanding of and capacity to undertake the role.
  • Your C.V. including two references who can comment on your professional experience
  • A separate document that addresses each of the selection criteria listed in the Position Profile individually.

Closing date

11pm, 27 June 2021

Only applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


Applications which do not address the selection criteria listed in the Position Profile will not be considered.

You are required to have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this role. This role is not suited to a working holiday visa holder.

A valid Working With Children Check for NSW is essential. Having one or being willing to get one and to support and implement NIDA’s Child Safe Strategies is necessary to undertake this role.


For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Graham Henstock <>, Director Centre for Technology, Production and Management.



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