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Technical Trainee

Spotlight on this role! Do you want to work with technical teams across a variety of programmes? Get involved with rigging, sets and operations with this rare opportunity…

The Place is the UK’s premier contemporary dance centre, based in central London. Since its inception in 1969, The Place has been a driving force for contemporary dance in the UK and Europe and one of the world’s key resources for dance development. It has pursued a global vision for a world with more dance and is a world-leading centre of artistic excellence, creating an ecosystem for dance unlike any in the world.

The role of Technical Trainee is an opportunity to acquire experience in the trade of technical theatre in a small creative arts venue. You will have the opportunity to work with the Technical Teams across a variety of programmes in Theatre and Artist Development and London Contemporary Dance School.


  • To assist the technical team and faculty with all duties carried out in technical support of events within the Theatre, the School and The Place’s wider programme
  • Work on get-ins and get-outs as called and to deputise for the Technician or Technical and Production Coordinator when necessary
  • Work on performances, assisting in the rigging, operation and control of sound, lighting and projection equipment
  • Acting as stage-management and crew as required
  • To assist in planned maintenance and weekly checks for all sets, rigging, lighting, sound, AV, and video recording equipment both in theatre and studios; including Portable Appliance Testing
  • Achieve the highest possible technical standards in sound, video, lighting, staging & rigging for all events. Including assisting in the maintenance and upkeep of all technical equipment
  • Become proficient in the use of the venues lighting and sound desks, patch systems and other aspects of the technical infrastructure
  • Become proficient in the use of the venues audio-visual equipment
  • To promote good working relationships with all visiting companies and artists, as well as students and staff, and to provide a welcoming environment within the theatre and the school
  • To assist in the management of the school’s technical resources, particularly the equipment booking system and external hirers requirements
  • Comply and work within the guidelines of The Place’s licence, especially with regard to Health and Safety issues and legislative requirements
  • To assist the Technical manager in implementing working practices and to advise on relevant practicalities. For example, planning how to deliver action points from risk assessments etc.



  • Knowledge or experience in lighting technology, including rigging and focussing lights
  • An understanding of sound reinforcement
  • An understanding of Projection / AV / Video
  • Experience of team working
  • Awareness of current Health and Safety legislation
  • Ability and experience in manual handling and working at height
  • The ability to work flexibly and dynamically, even under pressure
  • A degree or equivalent experience in Technical Theatre or Performance


  • Knowledge of ETC Eos family Lighting desks
  • Knowledge in the use of professional playback software, such as Qlab
  • Experience in camera operation and video editing
  • Portable Appliance Testing training/experience
  • Experience in the use of CAD software
  • Knowledge of European Languages
  • Interest in Contemporary Dance


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a BAME or lower socio-economic background
  • Do not contact the company directly