Stage Theatre Technician



OFO No: 343903




Other names for Stage Theatre Technician:

  • Floor Manager (Broadcasting)
  • Stage Technician
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stage Manager

What is a Stage Theatre Technician?

A Stage or Theatrical Technician (known as techie) is a person who operates technical equipment and systems in the entertainment industry eg: theatres, stadiums etc. 

This position may be volunteer or a paid position.

Technicians are divided into 2 groups:

  • Backstage (stagehands, stage managers etc) and those in a
  • Control room (lighting and audio technicians)

What does a Stage Theatre Technician do?

  • talkswith director, stage manager and other staff members about the task/s
  • works out a plan-of-action and timelines
  • helps with lighting design and installation
  • helps with sound
  • installs rigging and scenery
  • helps other departments eg: carpentry, electrics, rigging, props, special effects, wardrobe to name just a few
  • makes props and scenery
  • erects stages for theatre and stadiums

Are you … ?

  • interested in theatre and/or the entertainment industry?
  • good with your hands?
  • physical fit and strong? 
  • able to crawl through small spaces, climb ladders, balance etc?
  • strong? Able to carry heavy cables, ropes and pipes?
  • a team player?

How do I become a Stage Theatre Technician?

A Stage/Theatre Technician does not require a college degree, but a clean criminal, drug-free background is often an advantage. 

Experience working in the theatre is generally required for anyone who wants to become a Stage/Theatre Technician.  The number of years experience required will differ from employer to employer. 

Experience can be achieved early by joining your dramatic society at school or a theatre group in your community.  Here you can learn to master rigging practices, safety rules and methods, lighting, sound and other theatre skills that interest you.

CLICK HERE for training options (similar or the same to Stage Manager)


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Set Designer … or … Sound Operator

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