About the role…

The Lighting & Video Technician is primarily responsible for the effective operation of all lighting and video related needs for assigned venue(s) and operations. Reporting to the Production Stage Manager, this role will be responsible for the programming of special events, running of performances, and general maintenance of the lighting & video systems. This role will be expected to gain a moderate level of proficiency in programming and running all servers for visual effect playback. In conjunction with Production Stage Manager, responsible for the safe setup, use, troubleshooting, and maintenance of equipment used by cast and crew within the venue, as well as participating in all set ups/strikes. Will act as the crew for the venue as necessary, and will be responsible for rehearsals, special events, running show tracks, including Deck, Lighting, and Sound as needed.

What’s expected…

  • Demonstrated programming proficiency on grandMA series lighting consoles.
  • Advance level of lighting design and programming skills to accommodate special events in the venue. Ability to live busk and work quickly to create new looks for events.
  • Preset, program, and run all events taking place in RWS venues.
  • Working knowledge of media servers with playback interface. Ability to learn Pandora and Wings RX media server to a level sufficient for troubleshooting, basic content loading, and proper output routing.
  • Advance knowledge of LED wall and projector troubleshooting.
  • Must have working knowledge of various special effects.
  • Must have basic knowledge in audio play back and mixing, operating a spotlight, as well as basic stage deck crew experience such as moving set pieces and helping with quick changes.
  • Regularly safety inspect and maintain lighting and video gear in the venue.
  • Communicate professionally with Production Stage Manager, cast, technicians, and onboard maintenance teams.
  • Work with a team to effectively troubleshoot and report issues with all technical equipment as they arise, in addition but not limited to lighting and video equipment.
  • Complete pre- and post-show duties after each performance, and rehearsal; ensuring all technical equipment and scenic elements are safely stored. Assist the Production Stage Manager in completing reports by notifying them of any issues that arise, especially when pertaining to lighting and video.
  • Be able to assist as needed with special events, trainings, and happenings that occur within the venue, this includes but is not limited to technical set ups and playbacks. Assist with other production related duties as necessary and reasonably requested which includes general maintenance for technical equipment, scenic, and prop elements.
  • Complete inventories and equipment maintenance as required, follow reporting procedures set forth by RWS and Venue Management.
  • Keep a working knowledge of the other RWS Technicians’ show tracks and duties.
  • Play an active role in cast and technician changeovers and installations of new programming. Knowing that during these periods of time work hours will increase while remaining in line with ILO and Maritime law.

Please Note: While this is intended to be an accurate description of the job, this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the position, and may require that other or different tasks be performed as necessary and assigned.

What you bring…

  • Have a valid passport not expiring within 6 months past the length of the contract. Passport cards are not valid.
  • Have or the ability to obtain visas required given the sailing itinerary of the ship.
  • Ability to complete the MSC required pre-employment medical screening, including comprehensive vaccination requirements.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or proof of exemption) including one booster shot.
  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre (production or technical) or equivalent in field experience required.
  • Excellent communication and time management skills, as well as work ethic and attitude.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Working knowledge of technical equipment inclusive of sound, lighting, and video. Automation and rigging a plus.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances.
  • Cruise Line or Touring Experience suggested, but not required.
  • Ability to stay professional in high stress situations working under tight deadlines, while still accomplishing daily work and producing and maintaining a high-level product.
  • Ability to communicate with multiple departments onboard, understanding how the entertainment team folds into the bigger operation.
  • Willingness to lend a hand even when asked to do something out of your direct scope of work. This includes a willingness to learn new skills when asked if it will better the team as a greater whole.
  • Ability to think on your feet and jump in quickly to help when needed.
  • Ability to work seven (7) days per week for periods of up to 6 to 8-months at a time.
  • Comfortable working across multiple venues, learning multiple tracks for running shows and events as needed.
  • Comfortable living and working in close quarters with co-workers from varied backgrounds.
  • Ability to work at height in harnesses, Genies, and ladders; stand for long periods of time; consistently lift 75 pounds in fulfillment of responsibilities.
  • Ability to learn and abide by all onboard safety regulations as outlined in ship’s Safety Management System.

What we bring…

  • Food & Lodging included
  • Double Occupancy Cabin
  • Select privileges in passenger dining facilities.
  • Select access to guest gym facilities.
  • Upon embarking the ship, reimbursement for visas and MSC required pre-embark medical.
  • Friends and Family cruise discounts – information provided by on board management team.
  • Completion bonus upon the end of a successful contract.

Contract Dates…

  • Flexible start and end dates

Pay Rate…

  • Starting at $3,240 per month


At RWS Global, our team of bold makers and mold breakers is made of a diverse group of people who we believe make our work stronger. Our stage actively chooses to uplift applicants with diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, national origins, political affiliations, socio-economic status, veteran and disability status and other intersectional dimensions of diversity.

We believe the diversity of our people is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our company’s achievement as well.

We are committed to ongoing learning and developing and implementing programs and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in all areas of employment as well as through our creative process and projects.

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