Lighting is part of the Production Department and is responsible for executing the light plot created by the Lighting Designer. They hang, cable, circuit, gel and insert gobos into each lighting instrument as specified by the Designer. They are also responsible for all atmospherics (fog, haze, smoke) used in the show. In addition to the stage lights, they provide run lights backstage so actors and crew can safely enter and exit the stage and locate their offstage props.
All three CPH theatre spaces are equipped with ETC EOS Family lighting consoles. We have a moving light inventory that contains VL3000 units, VL1100 units, CXI IT color scrollers and various other DMX accessories. Most lighting equipment is stored in the Allen Theatre Complex (ATC). There is a lighting workroom in the ATC where we prep shows and maintain equipment. We also have a 620 square foot workroom at the CPH Production Center where we work on practicals, light boxes and other props and scenery with lighting elements.
The Lighting Supervisor oversees all aspects of the lighting design during production and supervises the three full time union electricians.
The Master Electrician (ME) is responsible for prepping, hanging, focusing, maintaining and striking all productions. The ME is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local #27 (IATSE).
The Electricians assist the ME with prepping, hanging, focusing, maintaining and striking the light plot for each show. The Electricians are members of IATSE. CPH employs two full-time seasonal Electricians. One is assigned to the Allen Theatre and the other to the Outcalt Theatre as the dedicated light board operator who programs the console during tech rehearsals and runs the board during performances. We usually hire an additional three or four IATSE Electricians to assist with the light hang, focus and strike of each show.
The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103