Term- Stage Ops Tech

Updated: about 2 months ago


American Repertory Theater


Job Summary

Support stage operations and the running of shows at A.R.T., with a focus on being able to adapt to different show running tracks as needed to support productions. This position may be asked to swing into multiple show run tracks (Flyperson & Props Technician). Cross-training will be provided, but experience in other run crew disciplines (spot operator, sound operator, wardrobe, etc.) is preferred.

Position Description

Promote an inclusive and safe work environment:

  • Foster a culture of community, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism among staff and guest artists
  • Foster a culture of safety, and ensure safe work practices are observed
Support Artistic Vision and Goals:
  • Works with stage operations supervisor, assistant supervisor, and stage management to interpret and implement designs, through running different show tracks.
  • Works as part of the stage operations department as a crew member on pre-rigging, load in, work calls, and strikes:
  • Works with stage management and stage operations to help ensure backstage operations run smoothly, which may have diverse needs depending on the show.
  • Works as a run crew member on shows, taking cues as assigned by stage operations supervisor, assistant supervisor and/or stage management and troubleshooting technical issues in real time during the run.
  • Works with the stage operations crew and stage management to ensure crew needs are met and show tracks are executed correctly.
  • Works with the entire run crew, as well as stage operations and stage management to make sure the theater and all auxiliary spaces (Green room, etc.) are tidy, safe, and well-kept.
Inventory Management and Training:
  • Participate in inventory, inspection, maintenance, and repairs of stage equipment.
  • Participate in warehouse runs and storing of stage operations equipment.

Basic Qualifications

  • An understanding of backstage skills, procedures, and proper backstage etiquette.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, kneel, climb, and bend.
  • Comfortable working on ladders, MEWPs, and/or scaffolding
  • Ability to work at heights in the 60’ theatrical steel grid for extended amounts of time.
  • Ability to work using Fall Arrest harnesses and/or other Fall Prevention equipment.
  • Ability to repeatedly perform physical tasks such as running fly systems and/or pushing/pulling scenic items on and offstage.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with stage management, other technicians, visiting artists and other collaborators with kindness and clarity.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

If you believe this is a role is one that you will be excited to work in, even if you do not have the following, we encourage you to apply.

  • General familiarity with stage rigging techniques and previous fly system operation.
  • An understanding of carpentry, sewing, painting, electrics, sound, and/or inventory management skills.
  • Effective communication and Interpersonal skills.

Working Conditions

A.R.T. is a multistory building without an elevator, with work taking place on all levels. The Stage Operations Technicians will be asked to move props, stage ops equipment, and other materials to and from storage or around the building, as well as loading and unloading material from trucks and vans (both at a loading dock and from the street). They will also help install rigging and loading 40lb stage weights into counter-weight arbors. During load in and strike, work may take place on ladders, genies, and the steel grating of the grid, 60’ above deck, which is accessed via a 78-step spiral staircase. Constant movement and use of limbs; this position requires good manual dexterity, strength, coordination, and stamina. This position requires night and weekend work, particularly during tech, previews, and run of shows.

Additional Information

Subject to Furloughs:  Yes
Overtime Required: Yes  

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines. 

Work Format Details

This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards ) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

402006 A.R.T. Technician


Art Stage Operations


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Appointment End Date


Pre-Employment Screening



Full time 40 hours per week. 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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