Maybe you got your first taste of the theater as a stagehand in a high school production of Oklahoma! Or maybe it’s the sparkle of Hollywood that’s grabbed your attention. If you love being part of a spirited, hardworking team and want to work on projects you can see and touch, this could be the career for you.
While technicians often specialize in particular areas, it takes a lot of flexibility to build a career. The more you can do, from wiring lights to building flats, the more work you’ll find -- especially early on in your career.
Theater, film, and TV technicians are craftspeople who work in stage, film, and TV productions building and decorating sets, setting up lighting and sound, and making costumes.
As a technician, you’ll have few opportunities for self-expression because you'll use your skills to execute the product of a designer’s imagination.
Good with your hands, physically fit, and capable of working with others under pressure.
Theater technicians can find steady work by signing on for a whole season with professional regional theaters.