Performing Arts Technician








What is a Performing Arts Technician?

Interested in the behind the scenes action of theatre, TV, film, and music and dance concerts? Are you good with you hands? Then consider a career as a Performing Arts Technician.

The job of a  Performing Arts Technician is to co-ordinate, assist, and perform the technical work associated with stage construction, lighting, and sound projection.

Responsibilities include following set design blueprints, construction and management of  backdrops and props, oversee storage and operating equipment, and supervising workers.

What does a Performing Arts Technician do?

  • assists with estimating production costs
  • hangs and focuses lights
  • mixes and applies paint to sets
  • operates sound and lighting during performances
  • performs maintenance and repairs to stage equipment and props
  • ensures the sets adhere to safety codes
  • maintains storage facilities for props and costumes
  • schedules of events and supervision of workers and crew
  • maintains records of purchases

Are you … ?

  • creative?
  • someone who likes working with your hands?
  • attentive to detail?
  • someone who can work in a team?
  • able to improvise when faced with unexpected situations?
  • able to work under pressure?
  • a technical person?
  • artistic?
  • willing to help with the painting, constructing and moving of stage pieces

How do I become a Performing Arts Technician?


Is one of the few universities that offer a 3 year National Diploma in Entertainment Technology

It would be extremely advantageous to study further in Electrical Engineering. 

Most universities of technology offer a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement of a bachelor’s degree or a diploma, or an equivalent qualification, with an achievement level of at least 3 for English (home language or first additional language), 2 for Mathematics or 3 for Mathematical Literacy.  



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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Stage Theatre Technician … or … Sound Operator

Is becominga Performing Arts Technician the right career choice for me?