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Nashville Ballet

Production Electrician

Nashville Ballet


Job Summary

Our Mission:

We create, perform, teach, and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.

Our Vision:

Nashville Ballet is an accessible and inclusive organization that creates community through excellent and innovative dance and dance education; is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for artistry, community engagement, and financial sustainability; and is a rewarding and satisfying place to work.

Our Enduring Values

  • We believe in the transformative power of art.
  • We inspire appreciation for the art of ballet.
  • We strive for excellence with integrity in all we do.
  • We respect one another and the art form.


The understanding of and the ability to not only support but celebrate our culture is essential to each and every person at Nashville Ballet.

Nashville Ballet Diversity Statement:

Nashville Ballet is invested in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We believe we can best achieve our mission by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of all voices, celebrating diverse stories, increasing arts access, and sparking communal discussion about our community and our world through our art form and our artistic programming. When considering the diversity of the Nashville Ballet community, we look at all aspects, including: race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, special needs, geographic (rural/urban), and sexual orientation. However, Nashville Ballet recognizes the racial inequalities that have plagued the dance world for far too long and is deeply committed to educating our constituencies on systemic racism, engaging in antiracist work in every branch of our organization, and doing our part to abolish racial inequalities in ballet.


Nashville Ballet provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Reports To: Director of Production

Area of Responsibility: Production and Artistic

Wage Classification: Full-Time Hourly

Position Summary: Nashville Ballet seeks a dynamic and experienced Production Electrician to join its team and advance Nashville Ballet’s mission. The Production Electrician leads in executing lighting designs for Nashville Ballet season productions, productions/showcases for the School of Nashville Ballet, and other public performances and events. Reporting to the Director of Production, the Production Electrician is part of a highly collaborative team of professionals who create, perform, teach, and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the realization of lighting designs for Nashville Ballet season productions and School of Nashville Ballet showcases/performances.
  • Create and maintain all industry-standard paperwork in theatrical lighting implementation of a lighting plot.
  • Coordinate and supervise lighting crews in lighting prep and execution of lighting load-ins, focus, and strikes.
  • Work with Lighting Designers and Director of Production to coordinate equipment rentals.
  • Manage repairs of equipment to include fixtures, dimmers, consoles, cables, connectors, etc., and coordinate off-site repair and replacement of equipment with Director of Production.
  • Working knowledge of the ETC lighting consoles.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical lighting fixtures, including LED fixtures and intelligent theatrical lighting fixtures.
  • Maintain all ballet-owned lighting equipment in good working order and report repair needs or replacements to the Director of Production to coordinate off-site repair and replacement of equipment as required.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging basics and acting as ballet representative to ensure safety is maintained.
  • Design opportunities for Nashville Ballet and School of Nashville Ballet productions may be available.
  • Manage the upkeep and cleanliness of workspaces to maintain an efficient and safe work environment.
  • Monitor and maintains stage safety, instructing crew in safety standards.
  • Miscellaneous duties as needed to ensure excellent lighting quality in all performances.
  • Attend production meetings and other meetings as required.
  • The successful candidate will be self-motivated, an innovative problem-solver, and ready to manage professionally. They will have a positive spirit and energy, a good sense of humor, and a collaborative and flexible working style.


Work Requirements and Qualifications:

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in technical theater or related field; may substitute work experience for education.
  2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • At least five years of experience in entertainment lighting with a theatre or performing arts organization
  • Experience in managing part-time staff.
  • Experience in managing IATSE labor.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong organizational skills and project management skills.
  • Evening and weekend availability.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk, and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulders.  The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. While this document is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, circumstances may require that other, or different tasks be performed (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

Additional Information


health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401k, vacation days, sick days, and 9 paid holidays off

How to Apply

To Apply:  Please send your cover letter, resume, and references to careers@nashvilleballet.com. No phone calls, please.


  • Date Posted: July 27, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture