University of Iowa

Full-time Position

Hancher Auditorium is seeking an A/V LIGHTING SPECIALIST to help direct and operate all aspects of audio, video projectors, lighting, and theatrical systems for the 1800 seat Hadley Stage and 200 seat Strauss Hall in Hancher Auditorium. The A/V and Lighting Specialist will lead, supervise, and train both student and union stagehands and assist in maintaining the sound, video, and lighting equipment. For some programming, the Audio/Video and Lighting Specialist may work as a creative team member, designing sound, video/projection, or lighting for a production. This position reports to the Production Manager and is a full-time, year-round position.

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UI Student Positions

STAGEHANDS (starting wage at $10.10/hr)
The Hancher Production Department employs around 35–40 student stagehands to provide labor for a variety of artists that are presented throughout the year. Stagehands work to set up for performances; provide support during rehearsals, sound checks, and performances; and help to strike all equipment and restore the space afterwards. Stagehands learn how to work with various types of theatrical lighting, video and sound equipment. The Hancher Production team will train and test all students on procedures at the beginning of employment.

Typically, work in the Hancher Production Department is not regular, weekly hours. We work when there are shows. Students may not be working every week. Work shifts are often during the evening and into the late night hours on weekdays and weekends. Stagehands will need to commit to working a minimum amount of shifts each month to remain on staff.

Hancher Production is currently hiring student stagehands. Applications will be accepted throughout summer, and interviews will begin in August. Questions about stagehand employment may be addressed to Danielle Wilbanks.

BOX OFFICE CASHIERS (starting wage at $10.10/hr)
The Hancher Box Office cashier staff provides friendly, knowledgeable service to those interested in attending Hancher performances or productions by the Division of Performing Arts. Cashiers work a regular weekly schedule in the box office, as well as a fluctuating schedule of evening and weekend shifts that revolve around the event schedule. We prize great communication skills, experience with customer service, computers and cash handling, and view interest and knowledge of the arts as a big plus. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Hancher Box Office at

If you are interested in applying, please do so through Hireahawk. Search "Hancher," and all active openings will be listed.

USHERS (starting wage at $10.10/hr)
Hancher's ushers welcome theatergoers, scan tickets, hand out playbills, help people find their assigned seats, and provide general information and friendly assistance. We employ individuals with excellent communication skills and a ready smile, with abilities to greet patrons, to solve problems on immediate terms, and to generally make everyone’s experience at Hancher as memorable as possible. Beginning wage is $10.10 an hour. Work times are usually evenings and weekends, fluctuate with the schedule of events, and are never overwhelming. Some months, ushers may be scheduled to work for only a few hours.

Applications for usher positions will be accepted via Hireahawk beginning in early August 2019.


There are no internships at Hancher at this time; however, students interested in opportunities for a Hancher internship may contact Chuy Renteria, Public Engagement Coordinator.