Fly Rail Technician (Stage Technician)

Special Instructions Summary

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by 09/16/2021.



Department Information

Known for its presentation of a wide variety of events from the latest popular concerts and Broadway attractions to university ceremonies and conference events, IU Auditorium is a 3,200-seat proscenium venue that has been a model of campus and community programming and engagement since it opened in 1941. We are excited to bring into our Auditorium family a dynamic team member who can uphold our reputation of providing expert and professional production management, serving and engaging with a diverse array of artists, tours, and rental clients.

Job Summary

The IU Auditorium Fly Rail Technician is responsible for all maintenance pertaining to the fly-rail and counterweight system and operation of fly-rail and rigging systems for all events in the venue. The Fly Rail Technician consults with Auditorium users as needed regarding fly rail and rigging needs and issues, and assists the Head Carpenter in all production requirements for the deck, including AV, and assists in supervision of part-time hourly employees. This position, along with the three other full-time Auditorium appointed stagehands, is non-exempt and is represented by IATSE Local 618.
  • Operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs the lighting systems, including but not limited to dimming system and cabling, lighting control network and console, lighting fixtures and spotlights, and lighting bridges.
  • Operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs stage technology, including but not limited to wagon system, rail winches, sound doors, and areas directly related to the production of various performance arts.
  • Implements the lighting designs for performance art events, special events and concerts in the venue: hang, circuit, focus, maintain, and strike designs.
  • Supervises and trains the crew of 10-20 student hourly employees, which is a shared responsibility with the other performing arts staff, in hanging, focusing, and running of events in the venue as well as monitoring adherence to proper safety regulations.
  • Attend technical rehearsals and performances, and supervise the student crew, operate electrical equipment, troubleshoot, and repair electrical problems for the performances and for special events and concerts in the venue as assigned by the manager.
  • Advise the other specialists in making stage/performance art related purchases specific to productions and the upkeep of the stage.
Additional Department Responsibilities:
  • Acquires and/or assists in creation of line-plot, floor plan, and other event needs from Technical Director and/or tour rider.
  • As needed, follows up after primary advance with client and/or artist departmental advance lead, as directed by Technical Director.
  • Coordinates on-stage event needs with production team via written documents and meetings.
  • Selects event-related on-stage equipment and/or schedule rentals.
  • Identifies and communicates event-related logistical, technical, and/or infrastructure issues.
  • Operates and/or supervises operation of fly-rail system for non-touring productions.
  • Coordinates fly-rail and scenery moves with music/individuals as appropriate.
  • Operates and/or supervises operation of in-house backstage AV equipment.
  • Integrates house technology/equipment, serve as 'House Fly-rail Operator,' and, if needed, operate fly-rail for touring productions.
  • Maintains, cleans, organizes, and repairs fly-rail equipment and systems, all backstage areas, and miscellaneous backstage equipment, including, but not limited to, risers, chairs, steps, pipe/drape, carpet, and wagons.
  • Cleans, repairs, and refinishes the stage floor.
  • Monitors and maintains inventory for fly-rail and other backstage inventory, including hardware, cleaning supplies, towels, and linens.
  • Performs other backstage-related maintenance, cleaning, and repair as needed or assigned.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs all on-stage equipment technical issues.
  • Assists with oversight of local (part-time) stagehand labor and/or touring crew. Takes appropriate action and/or alert Head Carpenter regarding any safety concerns. Facilitates training and instruction as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Bachelor's degree in Scenic Design, Stagecraft, Lighting Design, Sound Design, and/or Stage Management.

  • 4 years of experience in a related field.
  • 5 years of experience in production/stage management at a venue that hosts large-scale professional tours and events.
  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative.
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to remain in a stationary position as well as the ability to move about the workplace for long durations. It requires effective communication, the ability to operate machinery, tools, and controls. This job often requires working on evenings, weekends, and holidays. The role requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders/stairs, and to position one's self in low level positions, detect a variety of chemicals and/or gases. The role requires the ability to ascend to rooftops and move in tight spaces to perform and complete inspections. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Mastery

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Performing Arts

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

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