Job Description

Stage Services Assistants (Stagehands) are the backbone of production services operations, creating the event aesthetic for whatever that event might be – whether a Broadway tour or a Town Hall meeting.

All stagehands will be based on competency and asked to work on a variety of tasks within any of the theatrical departments (lighting, sound, staging, and video). These tasks are based on experience and job level; tasks may include but are not limited to:

  1. • Deploying and coiling cables for various theatrical equipment (microphones, speakers, lighting instruments, etc.).
    • Operate system boards (lighting, audio) for simple productions.
    • Hands-on work with lighting instruments and their accessories (c-clamps, side arms, gel frames, irises, etc.).
    • Under specific direction, safely and efficiently place equipment (sound equipment, lighting equipment, other performance support items) on, around, or near stage or event spaces as is required/requested by the client.
    • Assist departments leads with system preparations for production (lighting focus, speaker and microphone placement, camera placement and focus, moving or adjusting soft goods)
  2. Under supervision, setup staging, seating, and banquet tables to match client requests.
    1. Operate specialized equipment including but not limited to:
      • Spotlights
      • Cameras
      • Playback software
      • Modular platform systems
      • Auxiliary or modular seating systems (retractable risers, scaffolding, pit sleds)
    2. Loading and unloading items and equipment from semi/box trucks as necessary.
    3. Cleaning and maintaining the performance and presentation spaces before, during, and after events. Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Trash collection
      • Sweeping
      • Mopping
      • Scrubbing
      • Provide courteous and expeditious customer service for patrons and clients.

All stagehands are representatives of the Touhill Performing Arts Center and employees of the University of Missouri Saint Louis. When working, all stagehands are expected to comport themselves in a professional manner in keeping with the core values of both the University of Missouri Saint Louis and the Touhill Performing Arts Center

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


Hours are variable


Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $18 - $22 hourly
University Title: Stage Services Assistant

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent and some work experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in technical theater.
• Proficiency in theatrical production specializing in one of the key departments (lighting, audio, video, carpentry)
• Experience running a crew or team in a professional theatrical environment.
• Experience and comfort with working on elevated positions.
• Experience in event or theatrical setup and production (any area of emphasis).
• Proficiency operating types of theatrical equipment during a performance or event.
• Proficiency troubleshooting errors and issues types of theatrical equipment.
• Experience working independently.
• Problem solving skills.
• Good communication skills and customer service experience.
• Ability to transport objects weighing up to 60 pounds.
• Ability to work long and unusual hours, including late at night.
• Willingness to work hard and take direction.

Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter and resume) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.) to the UMSL Job site: Http://
For questions about the application process, please call (314) 516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Finalists will be required to complete a skills test administered online. The skills test will take between 45-60 minutes to complete.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is not eligible for University benefits. Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b). For information about this plan, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit .

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