House Head Electrician
Employed by theater owner and represented by IATSE Local One in New York City. In charge of the full electrics department which includes lighting, sound, video. Hires local crew for load-ins and any electrics running crew on the local payroll. Oversees installation of electrics on every show. Is also in charge of the electrics' concerns of the theater building itself, including lobbies, dressing rooms, offices, illuminated signage, marquees. Provides power to all aspects of the production requiring it.
Is hired by Production Electrician. Generally in charge of leading the crew to install the show per the production’s plan. Has built the show in a lighting shop prior to load-in.
Front Light Operator (Follow Spot)
Operates spotlight during the show. Can pan and change the size, beam-width, and color of the spotlight. Often referred to as being “on a lamp”. Can be on-contract (aka pink) or on local payroll depending on the production.
During tech and previews works with the Lighting Designer to program and control the lighting instruments to create the looks that the Director and Designer desire. Each look is saved in the lighting console as a cue with a number. During the performance, the Stage Manager will call the cues at the appropriate time. Once the show is “frozen” during previews, the programmer's duties are done and the Lighting Board will be operated by a House Electrician.
Much like the Lighting programmer, during tech and previews works with the VideoDesigner to program and control the video content to create the looks that the Director and Designer desire. Each look is saved as a cue with a number. During the performance, the Stage Manager will call the cues at the appropriate time. Most often the video cues are linked to the lighting board so that they can be triggered by a lighting cue so that only one operator is needed. Once the show is “frozen” during previews, the programmer's duties are done and the Lighting Board will be operated by a House Electrician.