Performing arts technicians provide behind the scenes technical and other assistance for the production of artistic performances.

Where performing arts technicians are employed

Performing arts technicians work in a range of locations that include live production venues, theatres and event areas. This may include workshops and production studios in lecture theatres and conference venues or live events such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and entertainment venues.


Full-time performing arts technicians in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Performing Arts Technicians

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 295 people employed full-time as performing arts technicians in South Australia compared with 350 in 2006.

How to become one

At school you can study performing arts, industrial arts, mathematics and electronics to get a good foundation for this occupation. To become a performing arts technician you might complete a traineeship in live production and services. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10.

You can also become a performing arts technician by completing a vocational education and training qualification in electronics or communications. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

See courses related to this occupation.

For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

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