Dunamaise Arts Centre - Duty Technician -

Dunamaise Arts Centre, based in the heart of Portlaoise town, is the county arts centre for Laois. We provide a diverse range of artistic activity to a wide audience base and we are a centre for artistic engagement and development - theatre, music, dance, comedy, film, visual arts and literature; events and classes. Dunamaise Arts Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019.

The Duty Technician reports to the Technical Manager and ultimately to the Venue Director. In consultation with the Technical Manager, the Technician is responsible for the technical and staging requirements of all the performance areas within the building.


Main Duties include but are not limited to:

Visiting Companies/Performers

  • Ensuring that all visiting companies are made aware of all practicalities and possibilities involved in staging a show in Dunamaise Arts Centre.

  • Ensuring that all visiting companies work within backstage health, safety and fire regulations.

  • Acting as duty technician during performances as appropriate, ensuring the smooth running of the show by

    sorting any technical problems backstage or front of house.

  • Assisting in fit-ups as required, including overseeing or undertaking plotting of shows as appropriate.

  • Operating the shows as required by the Technical Manager.

  • Ensuring companies follow standard procedures at the start of a show.

  • To provide Dunamaise Arts Centre’s Health and Safety Statement on request and request production

    Company’s Health and Safety Statement or Risk Assessment Statements as necessary.


  • In consultation with the Technical Manager and Front of House Manager, taking responsibility for the security of the building, including setting alarms and locking up after performances.

  • Liaising with and assisting the Technical Manager in general building maintenance.

  • Keeping production and performance areas tidy and free of rubbish, keeping an adequate stock of equipment

    and tools for use by the production team.


  • Maintaining appropriate timesheets in accordance with Working Time Regulations and working within and to schedules as set by the Technical Manager.

  • Keeping informed of current work practices particularly in the area of Health and Safety

  • Giving technical support to the work of other members of staff.

  • Ensuring that the Company’s Health and Safety and Children/Young People’s Welfare Guidelines policies are

    adhered to at all times.

  • Any additional duties as may be required by the Director.


    A spirit of internal and external co-operation, collaboration and communication is an important part of the identity of Dunamaise Arts Centre and staff at all levels are expected to maintain this spirit as a professional priority in their work.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for and demonstrated commitment to working in the arts.

  • Experience of working in a theatre/arts centre environment.

  • Excellent teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills - comfortable dealing with people at all levels of

    the social and organisational spectrum.

  • The ability to develop excellent working relationships with all Dunamaise Arts Centre clients.

  • Excellent organisational skills.

  • The ability to trouble-shoot, prioritise and to work under pressure.

  • Self- motivation and the ability to manage their time effectively and efficiently.

  • The ability to work within a structure and to instruction.

  • The ability to work towards a shared vision as well as with the day-to day realities.

  • Ability to work with a wide range of users to include professional & amateur companies and to be able to

    offer technical support to all clients of Dunamaise Arts Centre.

  • To keep up to date with current lighting, sound, stage and AV technology.

    Desired Skill Sets:

    Proficiency is desirable in one or more of the following theatre areas of theatre.
    A knowledge of current industry practices and particulars in any area is desirable.
    The list below is not exhaustive and is intended as guide to aid any possible application.


  • Knowledge of Strand and ETC lighting software amongst others, and possess a good working knowledge of fundamental electrical practice and theory.

  • Ability to interpret and follow a lighting plan.Sound & sound engineering:

  • Ability to set up and run sound based events. Ability to fault find, solder and maintain audio equipment.

  • Ability to interpret a sound plot/stage layout and work competently with the incoming show & engineers.

  • Familiarity with digital and analogue console setups.Staging and carpentry:

  • A fundamental knowledge of basic set construction and woodwork skills.

  • Ability to erect scenery and fly staging pieces.AV and projection:

  • Working knowledge of projection to include AV set ups,

  • Understanding of playback software e.g. Q-Lab

  • Understanding of Aspect Ratios, Lens sizing & cabling requirements.IT skills:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, VectorWorks, AutoCAD or similar.

  • An understanding of networking protocols.

  • Use of both PC (windows 8-10) and Mac OSX operating systems.Health & Safety:

• A working knowledge of current industry practices and an awareness of legislative requirements within the

work space.

Where relevant, professional development training as well as relevant Health & Safety certification will be made available to the successful candidate, in the course of their work in this role at Dunamaise.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contract is for 20 hours per week across a 7 day call. Working hours vary according to venue programme across each season.

  • Any overtime incurred is managed via a TOIL (Time off in lieu) system.

  • The term of the contract will be for one year with a 9 month probationary period.

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

  • Twenty (20) days holidays per annum pro rata.

  • Weekly pay direct to bank.

  • The successful candidate must be comply with Garda Vetting and adhere to company Child Protection Policies

    and Procedures.

    Please send a cover letter outlining why you think you would be suited to the position of Duty Technician, along with a detailed CV to Michelle de Forge, Director, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church St, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 W93P or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Friday 5 April 2019.

    Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the week of Monday 15 April with a view to role commencing soon after.

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries:

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council

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