Job Opportunity: Technical & Stage Manager

We are currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent Technical & Stage Manager to join our small, dedicated team and to manage all aspects of technical, production, light & sound requirements at the theatre ahead of our reopening later this month. This is an exciting and varied role, suitable for a highly organised team-player, with strong all-round technical experience and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The successful candidate will also be the designated Health & Safety Officer for the venue and for the rest of the Theatre Lane facilities.


Job Title: Technical & Stage Manager
Reports to: Artistic Director
Contract Type: Full-time, permanent contract (6 months’ probation)  
Remuneration: €35,000 p/a
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Working Hours: Approx. 35 hours, flexible basis and as required


Technical & Stage Manager

Job Description

The Technical & Stage Manager is responsible for the management of all technical aspects and performer requirements relating to events at the theatre and for ensuring the smooth running of all shows from a technical and logistical perspective. The Technical & Stage Manager also acts as the building’s Health & Safety Officer, and as such is responsible for general health & safety compliance.


Technical & Stage Management

  • Plan, manage and deliver all technical, operational and logistical activities in relation to the theatre’s programme of events and ensure all aspects are executed professionally, efficiently and in-line with all health & safety guidelines.
  • Provide a high level of technical support as required to performers, hirers, artists, and groups as well for other events at the theatre. This will often include planning, operating and coordinating stage management, lighting, sound mixing and AV requirements, as well as sound checks, rehearsals & site visits.
  • Ensure that the theatre’s technical equipment and facilities are properly maintained, in good working order, regularly monitored and tested as required. Maintain appropriate records, ensure equipment adheres to all relevant health & safety standards, and take a proactive approach in the prevention of damage, upgrading and replacement of equipment as required.
  • Communicate proactively and effectively with incoming performers regarding show requirements, ensuring all technical requirements (including equipment & personnel) are in place in a timely, friendly and professional manner. Inform incoming artists of the theatre’s health & safety requirements, fire safety and other relevant policies and procedures in relation to their event.
  • Ensure all visiting companies/ productions to the theatre are professionally supported, including management of get-ins, shows and get-outs, sound checks, site visits, delivering a high standard of support to artists, performers and visitors.
  • Provide additional technical support as required for other Theatre Lane facilities & tenants (incl. Greystones Studios & Theatre Lane Lofts) including WIFI, phones, CCTV, IT systems, advertising screens, fire & intruder alarm. Act as first responder and point of contact for the fire and intruder alarm monitoring system for the building.


Health & Safety

  • Act as Health & Safety Officer for the Whale Theatre and Theatre Lane facilities, ensuring that all activity and work (technical and otherwise) is planned and conducted safely, and in compliance with current legislation and industry standards.
  • Undertake basic maintenance duties as required to ensure the theatre and related facilities adhere to health and safety requirements and that all staff are informed of same. Ensure that all storage spaces, and technical areas are kept clean, tidy, organised and in good overall condition.
  • Work with the venue’s current Covid-19 Lead Worker representatives to ensure Covid-19 Policies & Procedures are appropriately updated in line with government directives, and that these guidelines are fully implemented by all staff, performers and visitors.
  • Contribute to the development of the Whale Theatre’s Health & Safety policy and the development of safe and efficient systems of working. Implement these policies and procedures with all department staff ensuring training is completed and documented.
  • Manage the theatre’s Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Evacuation Procedure, ensuring that all firefighting and fire safety equipment is maintained and tested at appropriate intervals, that sufficient members of staff are competent to use firefighting equipment and to ensure all staff regularly attend and practice fire evacuation drills.
  • Ensure building compliance for maintenance works including noise, legionella, emergency lighting and electrical systems. Propose and manage any required maintenance/repair to the theatre and other facilities, ensuring works are carried out safely, efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Produce and implement theatre and building risk assessments, including clear identification of appropriate hazards, control measures and contingency planning. Communicate effectively to all relevant staff and visiting companies/performers.
  • Ensure all visiting companies provide suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and that hazards identified in those assessments are communicated to all relevant staff and visitors and mitigated or removed where possible.


Please note: The job description outlined above is indicative of the work required in this role but is not meant as a definitive list. Other duties may be assigned from time to time. The Whale Theatre may retain a reserve list from applicants who may be invited to apply for other similar work at the theatre in the future, either on a full-time or freelance basis.


Person Specification:


  • Significant recent Technical Management, Sound & Lighting control experience in a theatre or live performance venue setting.
  • Experience & knowledge of stage lighting techniques & LX desk programming.
  • Ability to read lighting plans and ground plans.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High level of attention to detail, with excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness and availability to work anti-social hours.
  • Committed to delivering high quality service with a smile.
  • Flexible and creative approach to work.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, and to quickly adapt to changing situations in a professional manner.
  • A high level of computer literacy.



  • Experience with Allen & Heath, or similar, mixing desk
  • First Aid qualification
  • Driving Licence with own transport
  • Experience acting as Health & Safety Officer in a theatre or live performance venue setting.
  • Experience of using CAD Software
  • IOSH qualification
  • Covid-19 Health & Safety/Lead Worker Training



To submit an application, please send a CV and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role to

The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday 15th August, 5pm.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact

Click here to download a PDF of the full Job Description.


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