Singapore American School

Theatre Specialist

Singapore American School | Date Posted: 22-Jun-2018
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Diploma, Bachelor's / Honours

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities :


  • Assist with other staff to supervise, and maintain theater light, sound and electronic equipment.
  • Serve as master electrician to execute lighting plots with proper power load calculations as required by the number of lighting instruments.
  • Assist with other staff to supervise sound, lighting, video and rigging work calls in departmental performance and training spaces.
  • Help maintain inventory, arrange for the replacement of theater lighting, sound, video consumables, and order materials.  Monitor and maintain records of equipment usage.
  • Keep current computer drawings and paper work for lighting systems in each venue.
  • Help run the preventive maintenance program to maintain, repair and replace all sound, stage lighting electronic, video and rigging equipment.
  • Assist with check out and in of props and costumes.


  • Attend technical rehearsals, all load-in and strikes as scheduled.
  • Work with production team to help oversee and supervise the construction of sets as scheduled.
  • Work with the directors as scheduled to determine their need relating to lighting, sound, video, costume or make-up design.
  • Serve as lead lighting designer for theatrical, dance, and music productions at SAS. Mentor and work with student technicians to teach them principles and practice of design, through practice.
  • Assist Fine Arts teachers, Theater Coordinator, Principals with technical needs for their daytime performances, meetings, assemblies and ceremonies.
  • Work with technical needs of performances, meetings, assemblies and ceremonies that are in the school day and crosses over into the evening as scheduled.
  • Assist Fine Arts Staff and Theater Coordinator in maintaining props and costumes in orderly fashion in the Prop, Costume, and Scenes Props room.
  • Assist Fine Arts staff and Theater Coordinator in makeup room procedures.

Research and Planning:

  • Research and help implement new systems technology in all areas of theater.
  • Maintain knowledge of current equipment and practices in theatrical equipment and  lighting.
  • Oversee the design and/or construction of special electronic effects and equipment for theater productions.
  • Assist in purchasing and budget functions, to include recommending new equipment acquisition, as well as working with vendors for purchasing, upkeep, and maintenance.


  • Supervise daily cleanup and return of all tools and materials after tech sessions.
  • Upkeep of the shop and performance spaces as requested by the Theater Coordinator.
  • Ensure that a safe and orderly work environment is maintained.
  • Ensure safety guidelines at all times.
  • Use safety equipment provided.
  • In helping with security, lock areas and theaters after tech sessions to ensure the security of the spaces, materials and equipment therein.
  • Ensure appropriate fire doors are unlocked during all performances, meetings, and assemblies and ceremonies.


  • Work with and/or assist faculty in presenting workshops in theater, sound design, lighting design, stagecraft, video, props, costume and makeup.
  • Help supervise students in the use of sound, stage lighting, video and rigging equipment and proper theatrical procedures.
  • Help supervise students in hands on construction of theatrical scenery for production.
  • Learn to use, and instruct faculty and students in proper usage of, software and other computerized lighting, lighting design, sound design and scene design.
  • Help schedule and supervise student crews; sound, lighting rigging, video, makeup and stage for performances, meetings, assemblies and ceremonies.
  • Perform other duties or appropriate requests as assigned by Facilities Director or Theater Coordinator.

​Other Duties:

  • Maintain all records, correspondence, etc in a well organized and accessible manner.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all school and office records.
  • Enforce and ensure compliance with Singapore American School’s regulations pertaining to security, safety and proper usage of school property.
  • Ensure compliance with all school policies and procedures as related to the job responsibilities for this position.
  • Relate courteously and effectively with students, parents, staff, government personnel and community members as necessary.
  • Perform other Theater functions as assigned by the Theater Coordinator and/or High School Deputy Principal.

The Theater Specialist reports to the Theater Coordinator and the High School Deputy Principal.  The work schedule is Monday to Friday and when necessary, on Saturdays and evenings as scheduled.  The work hours are a flex schedule with the common time ranging between 9:30AM and 6:15PM.  Lunch break is 45 minutes.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation will depend upon education, and work related experience. Benefits include medical coverage, group life and short-term disability, dental coverage, sick leave, annual leave, AWS, and opportunities for continued professional growth.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Technical Theater.
  • At least 2 years of working experience, preferably in a professional theater.
  • Experience specific to theater lighting systems is preferred.
  • Experience working with ETC Eos systems is preferred.
  • Experience working with Intelligent lighting fixtures, e.g. LED moving heads, moving head  profiles.
  • Lighting Design experience necessary.
  • Able to rectify and take preventive maintenance to professional lighting, sound and full stage staging system efficiently.
  • Computer literate, especially in theater and engineering related software and hardware. (e.g. Google drive and Docs, presentation  software, set design and CAD software, LX Beams, Qlab, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc).
  • Some knowledge of Projection, CCTV and stage mechanical counterweight system is an advantage.
  • Knowledge in Stagecraft and use of shop tools for set construction is an advantage.
  • Experience with costumes, makeup, and props, is an advantage.
  • Hydraulic (Genie type) lift experience necessary
  • Operator training preferred.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and provide assistance as necessary to other team members.
  • Positive work attitude and initiative.
  • Knowledgeable in all theater terms and definitions, and standard practices.
  • Good English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Good interpersonal skills

Please apply online at         

SAS only considers applications that are submitted online. 

Company Overview
Singapore American School
SAS enjoys a reputation of innovation and excellence in education and continually seeks to improve on the foundation that has been built. Three strategic anchors guide the vision for the future of SAS: • A Culture of Excellence • A Culture of Extraordinary Care • A Culture of Possibilities Together, these three anchors provide an environment where engaged students learn to think critically and develop the skills necessary to succeed throughout their lives. There are 375 full-time faculty and over 75 percent have earned masters degrees or PhDs. The school invests heavily in professional development and continually sends teachers across the globe to discover innovative ideas and best practices from influential educational institutions.