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Shotgun Players is a company of artists determined to create bold, relevant, affordable theatre that inspires and challenges audiences and artists alike to re-examine our lives, our community, and the ever-changing world around us. We are committed to a welcoming and inclusive work culture and audience experience where everyone who walks through our doors feels a deep sense of belonging. We center our values in all that we do and hold ourselves accountable with rigorous, comprehensive, and regular reviews of policies, procedures, and staff. Getting it “right” is not a box we can check. It’s a daily practice and we are all here for that journey!



Electrics Supervisor Job Description

The Electrics Supervisor (ES) will implement and maintain lighting designs and other electrical needs for Shotgun Players’ mainstage productions. This includes recruiting and directing a crew of overhire electricians, within budgetary constraints. They will work in collaboration with the Production Manager and other Shotgun staff to ensure a safe and inclusive work environment.

While responsibilities begin in earnest in February, incoming ES will ideally be able to attend paid calls in January or earlier, in order to train for the position.


  • Participate in training with the outgoing Electrics Supervisor to learn the theater space and inventory.
  • Attend meetings with the Designer when necessary and as determined by the Employee and Production Manager. Respond to production meeting notes, rehearsal notes and performance reports in a timely manner. (Within 24 hours.)
  • Examine lighting design paperwork and ensuring it is feasible given budgetary constraints, number of work hours, etc.
  • Communicate with the Lighting Designer and Production Manager about budgetary and other concerns and work to resolve these issues as early as possible.
  • Recruit, schedule and supervise overhire Electricians for load-in and strike. Ensure that Electricians have filled out online hiring paperwork and know how to fill out electronic timesheets. (In collaboration with with the Accounting Associate and PM)
    • Overhire Electricians are paid $20/hr, with a total budget of $1600-1900 per production, including load-in, strike, and notes.
  • Plan and implement the cabling (circuiting) of lights and electric power distribution.
  • Patch assignments of the control console and documenting/tracking all circuiting, addressing, and system configuration in cooperation with the Lighting Designer.
  • Organization and purchasing of all consumables.
  • Provide Stage Manager with paperwork necessary to perform channel check and complete basic fixes.
  • Maintain the design over the course of the run, based on notes from the Stage Manager. This includes but is not limited to repairing broken fixtures, re-focusing lights and replacing lamps and gel, or arranging for another electrician to do so.
  • Update the existing lighting inventory of the theater at the beginning and end of each show’s process, (lighting fixtures, cables, effects, power distribution, dimmers, networking and lighting control consoles), performing basic maintenance and informing Production Manager about the need for maintenance and replacement materials.
  • Maintain organized storage spaces for lighting inventory of the theater.
  • Oversee the strike of these designs with overhire electricians.

How to Apply

Please complete this form:

This includes uploading a cover letter and your resume, and submitting references with contact info. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:, with “Electrics Supervisor” in the subject line.

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2021 Designers and Techs

Shotgun Players is seeking designers and technicians for our 2021/22 In-Person Season in Berkeley, CA! Please join us in coming back better than ever! We’re looking for set, props, costumes, sound, video, and lighting designers, stage managers, ASMs, and sound board operators.

Please submit your resume and 2 references online by May 28 to be considered for the full season. Further applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact Director of Production Hanah Zahner-Isenberg with questions at

BIPOC artists and artists of other underrepresented identities are encouraged to apply. In line with our commitment to “shift the center,” our goal is to hire over 50% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our seasonal hires of artistic, technical, stage management, as well as permanent administrative teams until BIPOC workers’ representation at our organization matches their percentage in the local labor force (Alameda County.)


It’s still in flux, but here’s a basic idea: Our “Bridge Series” will consist of minimally-produced shows from Sept 2021 - January 2022. Our mainstage shows will be produced Jan 2022 - Jan 2023. Check out our season announcement for show titles/descriptions.


Berkeley minimum wage hourly ($16.32/hr starting July 2021). Total contract varies with the size of commitment.

Our hiring process

Candidates will be asked to submit a resume, 2 references, known schedule conflicts, and which productions speak to you. You will be interviewed by members of Shotgun staff (Director of Production, Artistic Director, and/or Associate Artistic Director.) If you are a likely candidate for a particular production, you will then be interviewed by the Director and/or Stage Manager of that project. We prioritize artists who are local to the SF Bay Area.

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Shotgun Players is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment opportunities at Shotgun Players are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, military status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.