Technicians (Performing Arts)

Working in the background for productions and performers, a Performing Arts Technician may need a host of technical and practical skills.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist in the broadcasting or prerecording of shows or other performance types
  • Create interesting lighting or other special effects for performers
  • Organising times, scenes, and effects for differing productions within a budget
  • Rearranging mechanical or technical equipment as needed (microphones, cameras, video cameras)
  • Repair or assist in repairing technical equipment needed for continuing a job

Skills required

  • Ability to lift, arrange, and quickly move often heavy equipment
  • Design ability for instruments and other items needed in various productions
  • Staging ability for scenes, lighting, and other performances
  • Strong hand-eye coordination to make quick camera adjustments to follow the action
  • Technical and repair skills related to digital recording equipment

Working conditions

Working conditions for Performing Arts Technicians will vary, but are likely in most jobs to be at least partially outdoors. Many scenes or performances will be filmed in nature at different times of day or night. However, with technology, many scenes can be created indoors and the technician digitally manages the scene on a computer.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Creative Industries Skills Council 

The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association 

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