Lighting Apprentice

Summary of Position

The Lighting Apprentice assists in and observes a breadth of jobs associated with the professional production of theatrical lighting and atmospheric systems in a regional repertory setting. They will work alongside professional lighting technicians on the preparation, installation, and focus of each production. The apprentice will be given informal production assignments that provide them with opportunities to explore specific career paths in theatrical lighting. These assignments include, but are not limited to, assisting a Master Electrician on production preparation and load-in management, providing note-taking and other assistance to Guest Lighting Designers, functioning as a Designer, Master Electrician, and/or Console Programmer on PTC Company productions, and performing Followspot Operator duties on one or more productions. The ideal candidate has a background in and passion for Theatrical Lighting with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional practice. Please note that while some design opportunities exist, this is a technical apprenticeship.

Learning Goals

    • Develop an understanding of quality of work and skills needed to work as a Theatre Electrician in a professional setting.
    • Learn and apply creative approaches to work as a Lighting Designer.
    • Learn and develop the skills needed to work as a Design Assistant in a professional setting.
    • Learn and develop the skills needed to work as a Master Electrician in a professional setting.
    • Deepen understanding of advanced technical skills including: Console Programming, Soldering, Rigging, Wiring, and Safe Electrical Practice.
    • Deepen understanding of organizational skills including: Drafting in Vectorworks, Paperwork Management in Lightwright, Paperwork Prep, and Database Management in Access.
    • Learn and develop the skills needed to communicate in a variety of contexts: Designer-Master Electrician, Designer-Director, Master Electrician-Crew, Designer-Design Assistant.

Learning Strategies

  • Work along-side staff technicians on shop prep, load-in, focus, maintenance, and repair projects.
  • Function as a Design Assistant with our Guest Artists on assigned productions through-out the season.
  • Design Lights from a Rep Plot for the three Solo Mio Projects and the PTC Ten Minute Plays.
  • Design Lights from scratch for the New Voices Ten Minute Plays.
  • Function as an Assistant Master Electrician on an assigned production during the season.
  • Serve as own Master Electrician for Solo Mio Round 3 and the PTC Ten Minute Plays.
  • Learn from Lighting Staff advanced skills in structured workshops and in practical situations.

Team Atmosphere

It is the philosophy of the Lighting Department at Actors Theatre of Louisville to work as a tight-knit team. As such, it is the expectation that all staff members, including the Lighting Apprentice, be willing and able to work on all projects regardless of size or scope whenever requested. This includes frequent requests to perform outside your assigned area within the department to support efforts in other areas. The ideal candidate will have the initiative to seek out opportunities to support their colleagues in the department while ensuring the completion of their own duties.


All applicants should have performed the functions of a theatrical electrician in an academic, professional, or community theatre environment, be comfortable in high places, and have an ability to lift 50 lbs.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A passion and excitement for theatrical lighting.
  • An interest in exploring lighting both as a designer and as a technician.
  • An open willingness to learn.
  • An ability to articulate their current career trajectory and how this apprenticeship is right for them.
  • An ability to perform independently and be self-motivated.



Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company is focused on practical, experiential training designed to help young theatre professional’s transition from an academic degree to a real-world career. While completion of a four year degree is preferred, professional work experience in theatre or related fields may meet apprenticeship requirements. Successful candidates enter into the apprenticeship already having acquired basic training and experience in the field and are looking for immersive career development opportunities.


A grant of $5,000 is awarded to each full-season apprentice to help defray the cost of living.  We also provide each apprentice with help finding low-cost housing and securing student loan deferral for the season. Apprentices are responsible for all costs associated with living in Louisville for the duration of the apprenticeship.


Apprenticeship Dates

July 30, 2018 to April 26, 2019

to apply

Applicants for this position should submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter ( In your cover letter, please detail what your current career goals are and provide specific examples of how you expect this apprenticeship will help you achieve them.)
  3. The contact info for 3 references

If you have any questions about the application process, please email our recruitment coordinator at

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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