Lighting and Video Director

Children's Theatre Company / Minneapolis, MN

Lighting and Video Director 

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates with a background in theatre lighting and video direction for the  position of Lighting and Video Director. This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required. This  position requires someone who is knowledgeable about theatrical lighting and people management, and who has the ability to  positively contribute to an anti-racist/anti-biased organization. Applicants for this role should have robust communication and  relationship building skills, knowledge of video and lighting systems design and deep practical knowledge of lighting and electrical  systems.

CTC is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad  spectrum of employees. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, as well as  those who are from other underrepresented communities.


Led by Artistic Director Peter C Brosius and Managing Director Kim Motes, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s  leading theatre for multigenerational audiences and is one of the 20 largest producing theatres in the United States. A winner of the  Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire  young people. It has set standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, and innovative education  and community partnerships.


Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area has a thriving and vibrant arts scene. The Twin Cities metro area is one of the largest theatre  markets in the country, with over 200 theatres. Minnesota year in and year out ranks near the top nationwide in federal and state arts  funding and has a strong history of private arts philanthropy.

The Twin Cities area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest and is annually ranked as a top area in terms of quality of  life. It is home to several restaurants and chefs who are James Beard nominees or winners. The Minneapolis park system has been  called the best-designed, best-financed and best-maintained in America.


CTC is dedicated to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists,  and recruiting of board members. CTC is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly  reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CTC prohibits  discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry,  sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial  status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally  protected status.


CTC’s Lighting & Video Director, utilizing the resources available, is responsible for the on-time planning and installation of the  lighting, video, and projected designs as presented by the designer. Leading a team consisting of regularly scheduled house  electricians as well as over-hire staff, this position works collaboratively with the Artistic Director and the Production Manager to  meet the needs of the production schedule and creating a departmental budget.

This position reports to the Production Manager.


Lighting and Video Direction

  • Work as a creative problem solver, in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Production Manager, in the planning and  execution of all lighting and video elements
  • Determine approaches, procedures, schedules and techniques to create lighting and video effects for each production
  • Budget and estimate cost of labor and materials for each production; track expenditures and update projections monthly
  • Attend technical dress rehearsals and previews as assigned
  • Work with other production department heads on the solution of problems, multi-department projects and scheduling
  • Schedule work for regularly scheduled I.A.T.S.E staff
  • Hire, schedule and oversee of work of all over-hire personnel
  • Attend production and staff meetings
  • Order and shop for materials and stock as needed to meet production needs
  • Responsible for recording rehearsals and special projects, maintenance of video equipment, overseeing the video archiving of  shows, and managing CTC’s video archives
  • Provide and edit archival footage for research, grants and partnerships
  • Oversee the maintenance and safe use of all lighting and video equipment
  • Create archival documentation of all lighting designs
  • Establish and maintain safety programs and training for Lighting & Video Department personnel
  • Review and approve staff timecards for payroll
  • Conduct performance reviews with lighting and video staff
  • Research and recommend equipment and facility improvements for capital expenditures
  • Co-ordinate lighting design and execution for Curtain Call Ball (development gala fundraiser) and other fundraisers, events  and rentals
  • Oversee lighting needs for Theatre Arts Training classes and productions. Supervise interns working on education  productions

Collaborate with all staff in the furtherance of CTC’s goal of being an anti-racist theatre that works towards Justice, Equity,  Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Encourage and empower everyone to speak out against racist workplace practices and policies
  • Study topics that lead to a deeper understanding of how white supremacy, racial violence, and systemic racism have shaped  American society and how that shapes CTC’s workplace and the lives of CTC employees
  • Positively contribute to the ACT One platform, creating a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families,  reflective of our community


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Video systems design
  • Use of standard lighting fixtures, dimmers and lighting consoles
  • Deep practical knowledge lighting and electrical systems
  • Demonstrated time and budget management skills
  • Video editing and projection design desirable
  • Lighting design experience useful


Progressive experience in theatrical lighting management. Demonstrated people management skills required.  Competency Statement(s)

  • Adaptability – Ability to adapt to rapid pace in a changing workplace
  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Creative – Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea
  • Collaboration – Ability to work with others and be a positive team member contributing to a positive culture
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely
  • Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures
  • Inclusive – Skill and value of providing equal access of opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be  excluded or marginalized
  • Leadership – Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions
  • Management Skills – Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others
  • Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Patience – Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problem
  • Project management skills – Ability to plan and manage workflows and personnel in a holistic and integrated fashion to  ensure progress of projects, and awareness of responsibilities among staff
  • Time Management – Ability to manage the available time to organize and complete work efficiently and effectively within  given deadlines

Computer Skills 

  •  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Lightwright and Vectorworks. Must be familiar with PC and Mac operating  systems and networking.

Other Qualities 

  • A commitment to ethical conduct in all respects of the work environment
  • A commitment to creating a just, equitable and inclusive work environment
  • A commitment to the protection of confidential information to which this position has access


The starting salary range for this full-time position is between $51,000 and $58,000 annually. Benefits include medical, dental and  vision insurance; short-term and long-term disability and life insurance; vacation and sick leave; nine paid holidays; and a 403(b)  retirement savings plan.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources at  Please include the name of the position(s) to which you are applying in the subject line of the email.