Electrics or Lighting Department
The primary function of the electrics section is to provide lighting and special effects. The lighting designer will produce a lighting design which they are responsible for rigging, colouring and focusing. Following the technical rehearsal and dress rehearsals the lighting designer supervises operation during performances.
Other members of the section are encouraged to help rig and operate on all productions and this is the best way for entry into stage electrics for newcomers, before taking on design responsibilities. Studio productions are an ideal starting point for people with no previous experience.
Outside companies hiring the theatre often require a lighting designer and operator and this involves prior liaison with their director and stage manager.