Theater Assistant - College of Arts and Sciences

Part Time Boston, Massachusetts


Suffolk University is seeking qualified candidates for a part time, non-benefits eligible Theater Assistant position in the Theatre Department. The Theater Assistant provides technical expertise in the Sullivan Studio Theatre, Modern Theatre, and other venues used by the Theatre Department; assists with presenting programs and maintenance; and facilitates projects with work-study students, professional designers and technicians. This is a terrific position for someone who wants to advance their knowledge and expertise in theater.  

Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manage events independently as assigned.
  • Assist Theatre Department staff and members of University offices and guest organizations to plan and implement lighting, sound, scenery, and projection in the theatres.
  • Work with the front-of-house and technical staff to assure effective communication and safety.
  • Lead work crews as assigned.
  • Assist in maintaining and organizing backstage, storage areas and equipment in the theatres.
  • Support implementation of technical projects to improve the safety and operation of the theaters.
  • Supervise and provide design for theatrical performances, finals, and university events as assigned
  • Train for and implement procedures to assure safety and security in the theatres, including use of infrastructure, equipment & materials, student training, and securing the space.
  • Participate in Theatre Department technical, facility, and operational planning.

  • B.A. or B.F.A. degree, preferably technical theatre and performing arts is preferred. Experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Proficient on one or more of the follow areas:Theatrical Lighting, Live Sound Operation,Video and Projections,Costumes
  • Working knowledge of Theatrical Carpentry and Rigging
  • Ability to work comfortably at heights on a ladder, Genie lift, focus chair, or catwalk
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and work independently
  • Ability to supervise student work crews
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Will often require weekend and weeknight hours
  • Computer skills including Microsoft office (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Can lift 50 lbs.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.