Rigging Technician

Position Overview:

We are seeking a skilled and safety-conscious Rigging Technician to join our team and contribute to the safe and efficient installation, operation, and maintenance of rigging systems for live events, performances, and productions. As a Rigging Technician, you will play a critical role in ensuring the structural integrity and functionality of rigging equipment, ensuring the safety of performers, crew members, and audiences.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the rigging team, technical director, and production crew to plan, set up, and operate rigging systems for various events, including concerts, theater productions, trade shows, and corporate presentations.
  • Safely install and inspect rigging equipment, including hoists, trusses, motors, chain systems, and safety devices, according to industry standards and regulations.
  • Calculate load capacities, weight distribution, and rigging points to ensure the safe suspension and movement of equipment, lighting fixtures, audio systems, and set pieces.
  • Coordinate with lighting designers, sound technicians, and other technical personnel to ensure that rigging systems align with the overall production design and requirements.
  • Conduct regular inspections and maintenance of rigging equipment, identifying and addressing any wear, damage, or potential safety hazards.
  • Operate rigging controls and systems during rehearsals and live events, ensuring precise and smooth movement of equipment, set pieces, and props.
  • Monitor and adjust rigging systems as needed during performances, making real-time decisions to maintain safety and support the artistic vision.
  • Train and supervise crew members in proper rigging techniques, equipment handling, and safety procedures.
  • Adhere to all safety protocols and guidelines, including proper rigging practices, fall protection, and emergency procedures.
  • Assist in load-ins and load-outs of equipment, ensuring that all rigging components are properly secured, transported, and stored.
  • Stay updated on the latest industry trends, best practices, and safety regulations related to rigging and aerial performance.


  • Previous experience as a Rigging Technician or similar role in theater, live events, or productions required.
  • Proficiency in rigging techniques, equipment setup, and load calculations, with a strong understanding of the physics and mechanics of rigging systems.
  • Familiarity with rigging hardware, tools, and safety devices, including shackles, slings, bridles, and safety lanyards.
  • Solid knowledge of fall protection, rescue procedures, and industry safety standards (ANSI, ETCP, OSHA) related to rigging.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to troubleshoot rigging issues and make adjustments quickly and effectively.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills to collaborate with crew members, performers, and technical directors.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work at heights, lift heavy objects, and handle physically demanding tasks.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays as required by event schedules.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional training, certifications, or coursework in rigging, safety practices, or theater technology is an asset.


Hourly pay is $20-$40 per hour depending on experience.

Upstage Productions is an equal opportunity employer. We don’t care who you love, who you worship, or what you look like. It’s diversity what makes us stronger. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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