light board operator


Light board operators control the lighting of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Light board operators prepare and supervise the setup, steer the technical crew, program the equipment and operate the lighting system. They may be responsible for conventional or automated lighting fixtures and, in some instances, controlling video as well. Their work is based on plans, instructions and other documentation. 

Alternative label

  • LX operator

  • sound & lighting board operator

  • lighting board programmer & operator

  • LX board operator

  • board operator

  • light board controller

  • lighting operator

  • lighting board programmer and operator

  • lighting board controller

  • lighting board operator and programmer

  • sound and lighting board operator

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Optional skills and competences



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