Theatre Consultant – Stage Lighting Design


Thank you for your interest in Charcoalblue.

To apply please complete the online application form and submit a short resume (1-2 pages max.) and a covering letter addressing the questions below:

  1. Why do you consider yourself to be a suitable person for the role and what you would like from the job?

  2. Which of your previous experience and training would you highlight as being particularly relevant? Please highlight any lighting design or production technical systems design for theatre/music/film & TV/events

  3. Describe your experience of designing, specifying, commissioning, operating or installing entertainment lighting and/or architectural lighting systems for permanent or long term installation.

  4. Describe your experience and competency using CAD and BIM software tools.

  5. Please highlight the elements of the role requirement where you feel you have the least experience.

We look forward to receiving your application by 6pm EST on Wednesday January 5th, 2022. We will only accept applications via our online system. 

Interviews will be held remotely (via Microsoft Teams) during January 2022 - time and date will be confirmed for shortlisted candidates.

Company Overview

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading multi-national theatre, acoustic, and digital consultancy. Founded in 2004, we now have around ninety team members across North America, Australia and the UK. Our team members currently work remotely across the globe. 

Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, live performance, music, culture, education, workplaces, entertainment, and sport. We engage with all members of a project team - the clients, architects, engineers, cost consultant, and contractors - on how the design choices they make affect the functionality of the building. 

We strive to be the first and best choice for architects and clients who are designing new theatres or refurbishing existing ones. We want to recruit the finest and most capable people working in the arts or construction sectors today and are actively working to attract and retain a globally diverse team.

Equity & Diversity Overview

Charcoalblue is an equal opportunities employer. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive working environment across our practice, and we work consistently to ensure elimination of unfair and discriminatory practices within the company. Recruitment opportunities are open to all, but we particularly encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, people with disabilities, and anyone who doesn't currently see themselves significantly represented in our teams.

If you require this application in a different format or need support during the application process, please contact Sian Thompson ([email protected]) or Sal Signorelli ([email protected]) via email or Sal via telephone (5162204014). Equally, please contact Sian or Sal if you have any questions in relation to access, or how the role might need to respond to your personal circumstances.

Charcoalblue aims to provide a service that does not discriminate against its clients and customers and works to ensure all can access our supplied services. We believe that all employees and clients are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.

Job Description

We are seeking a candidate to join our global Theatre Consultancy team as a Stage Lighting Design Consultant. You will be responsible for all aspects of design, documenting, and commissioning lighting systems on our projects, working as part of our project teams which can include theatre designers, lighting designers, stage engineering designers, and acousticians to deliver holistic, client-focused design solutions. We aim to be unassailable in the quality of our work, the speed of our response, and to motivate the entire design and construction team by the good humor and competence of our approach.

You will report to one of our Principals, who will manage project assignments and workload along with Charcoalblue’s Resources Coordinator. You will have the chance to meet regularly with your line manager to ensure you are fully supported in your role; and since theatre consultancy is a specialist field, we will provide role-specific inductions, ongoing training and professional development to help you succeed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide design and general support for projects; primarily the production of drawings, specifications and reports for specific projects, as well as assisting the more senior team members with research on new products, developing the principles of system design and the production of Charcoalblue’s ‘standard’ system information.
  • Work to a consistently high standard, in line with Charcoalblue’s quality assurance and control procedures.
  • Ensure that the demands of your projects are fully met.
  • Operate with minimal secretarial assistance: drafting emails, letters, reports and budgets as necessary.
  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their needs for a project as they relate to stage lighting and lighting controls design (and beyond). Communicating with clients throughout a project to describe solutions and ensure they fit the needs of project stakeholders.
  • Working with our internal design team to present a holistic design solution which balances all aspects of performance functionality and budget.
  • Describing the functionality and purpose of stage lighting systems while adjusting communication styles for different audiences – for other creative designers, for experienced technicians, architects, or engineers.
  • Working with our Team Leaders to set out project work plans, goals, and deliverables.
  • Working with architectural and engineering teams to ensure that each of the design disciplines includes the required infrastructure, support, and accommodation for all elements of the stage lighting systems and related theatrical equipment. The Stagelighting designer will hold particular responsibility for coordinating with electrical engineers and architectural lighting designers.
  • Providing cost projections throughout a project for stage lighting equipment and systems.
  • Conducting value engineering; adapting and revising designs to reduce cost while maintaining as much value and performance as possible, meanwhile being able to describe impacts on functionality.
  • Participating in site visits for commissioning, inspection, construction progress, and other purposes as required. This position will require occasional travel, including international/overseas travel. Noting that during the pandemic all travel has been limited based on changing conditions following government health guidance.
  • Discussing your work and ideas with other designers at Charcoalblue, serving as a resource for all our designers about stage lighting technology applicable to our projects.
  • Contributing to the continual development of our internal design and technical resources.

    Qualifications & Key Skills Required

    We are open to receiving applications from candidates with a varied range of experience and education. If you meet most of the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply:

  • Minimum anticipated experience of five years working as a lighting designer, production electrician, or theatrical technician; likely in some combination of performing arts, events, broadcast, and/or architecture. Your own entertainment or architectural lighting design experience would be advantageous.
  • You may have completed a higher education degree in technical theatre, lighting design, or architectural engineering, or have significant professional experience in any of those fields.
  • We will expect you to be self-motivated in your own research, expanding your knowledge of the theatre and also of the construction industry. We welcome any particular skills or experience which you may bring to the company. We invite you to highlight these on the attached application form.
  • Ability to use CAD/BIM software – Revit, AutoCAD or Vectorworks – is essential as this will form a large part of your daily output. Proficiency in Revit or the ability to quickly learn will be required.
  • Knowledge and experience in the operation and/or construction of theatre buildings is highly desirable.
  • A practical knowledge of entertainment lighting control protocols, networks, and basics of electricity are essential; it would be advantageous to have some knowledge of electrical and building codes.
  • Knowledge of light level calculation techniques such as 3D modeling using IES photometric data or manual calculation using the lumen method are a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office products is essential. Our written work is an integral part of Charcoalblue’s profile, so a high degree of literacy and accuracy is also important.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and / or Bluebeam is also essential - we operate a paperless office and use the PDF format for all documents.
  • Some ability to manipulate images for inclusion in reports (using InDesign or similar software) would be advantageous.
  • Professional certifications and accreditations such as ETCP, LEED AP, IALD, or IES are a plus, but not required.
  • A creative interest or experience in live performance, digital media, architecture, design, visual arts or similarly related fields is encouraged.

Employment Details

In response to the pandemic, Charcoalblue is operating a remote working model with team members working primarily from their own homes but affiliated with a geographical team. You will not be required to work from a Charcoalblue studio, but you must be able to travel to one of our studios from time to time, when the company deems it is safe to do so in line with federal/state advice. At that time, our studio spaces will be available to employees and clients as collaborative, social spaces, with quiet working areas if required.

We will consider applicants from all locations without the need to relocate.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and employment at Charcoalblue is at will.

We are offering this role on either a 32 hour or 40 hour working week basis to encourage applications from as wide a range of candidates as possible. Please state your preference within your covering letter.


  • We currently operate an ‘unlimited vacation’ policy* – meaning that you are entitled to a minimum of 15 days’ vacation per year to support your personal wellbeing. This is in addition to federal and some local Public Holidays. *Should you wish to take additional days’ vacation, you may request these through your line manager and approval will be given subject to the demands of your projects and the company’s needs at the time.
  • We traditionally close our studios between Christmas and New Year, resulting in an additional average 4-5 days’ holiday per annum. 
  • Following 60 days of employment, you will be eligible to join our 401K scheme (employee contributions only). Charcoalblue will provide 5% annual employer contribution following two years of employment.
  • Following 60 days of employment, you will be eligible to join our company health insurance policy subject to the terms and conditions of the policy which are subject to alteration from time to time.
  • Charcoalblue operates a bonus scheme which is subject to the Partnership’s performance year on year and is not guaranteed.
  • Following 90 days of employment, two free theatre/ live performance tickets per month to enable you to immerse yourself in the industry as far as possible.
  • Following 90 days of employment, we will add on monthly contributions to your home internet service and home utilities to enable you to work from home effectively in line with our distributed working model.


The salary range available for this role is $65,000 - $75,000 (gross per annum, based on a 40 hour working week), in line with experience.

Start Date

As soon as practicable, ideally January/February 2022.