The Department of Performance Venues is home to one of the largest student staffs at USC. Over 200 students are employed year round as Receptionists, Scheduling Office Production Managers, Theatre Technicians, House and Usher Staff, Baristas, CAD Design Technicians, Facilities Technicians, Tommy's Place Talent Liaisons, Public Relations and Graphic Designers, and Office Managers at one or many of the Performance Venues at USC. Job perks include setting your own hours, opportunities for advancement, free attendance to events, and playing on the Performance Venues Champion Kickball Team.
We accept applications for work study and non-work study positions year round. Please submit all applications to the Scheduling Office in Tutor Campus Center Room 330.
Work under the direct supervision of the PV Technical Director and Stage Manager to set up, maintain, and operate audio systems for theatrical events. Engineer audio for events ranging in complexity from lectures to complex musical acts. Attendance at regularly scheduled staff meetings and training sessions is required. Must be available nights and weekends.
AutoCAD Drafting Assistant
Drafting Assistants work with event production staff to develop drawings of furniture and stage equipment configurations in performance and meeting spaces. They may also work with facility staff to draft maintenance plans and other special projects as needed. AutoCAD proficiency and attention to detail are required.
Ground Zero Bar Manager
The Ground Zero bar manager responsible for maintaining the coffee bar inventory. The bar manager also oversees training and retraining baristas on new menu items and coffeebar management. Great communication skills are required as the bar manager works with dozens of local vendors to negotiate inventory within preset price points.
Ground Zero Barista
Also known as 'Milkshake Artists' the GZ Baristas are primarily responsible for delivering delicious specialty drinks, coffee, and milkshakes to bar patrons. Customer service skills are a must. Previous food service experience is a plus! Baristas must be able to work unsupervised. Ground Zero is student-run, so baristas must be comfortable reporting to other students. Ground Zero is also a student-run performance venue. Opportunity to work in the PR team and the possibility of promotion to work on event production.
Ensure a positive patron experience at high profile theatrical events at several venues on campus. Ushers aid the House Manager in maintaining the lobby and seating areas. Duties may include, but are not limited to: collecting tickets, passing out programs, seating patrons, and answering guest questions. Must be available nights and weekends.
Ground Zero General Manager
The Ground Zero general manager is in constant communication with all Ground Zero staff members. Knowledgeable of every executive staffs position, they must be ready to step in at a time of emergency if one were to need it. The general manager is in charge of scheduling all baristas, as well as house managers. In addition, the general manager is apart of the hiring process and makes sure that everything is running smoothly within Ground Zero on a daily basis.
Work under the direct supervision of the PV Technical Director and Stage Manager to set up, maintain, focus, and operate lighting systems for events. Program lights for events ranging in complexity from lectures to complex musical acts. Attendance at regularly scheduled shifts and training sessions is required. Must be available nights and weekends.
A Performance Venue Production Manager is responsible for working with clients to help plan and produce events, assessing and collecting payments for services rendered to clients, managing their respective production office, acting as an employee liaison to the Technical Director and Scheduling and Production Manager, and all organization and coordination of the facility schedule. Attendance at weekly production meetings is required.
Responsible for the overall creative outlook for Ground Zero or Tommy's Place, including new in house themes as well as monthly events hosted by each venue. Acts as supervisor to a PR staff of four or more, and delegates tasks to each position. Constant tabling and flyering will be required as well as keeping the venues well publicized within USC's campus and community. Attendance at weekly production meetings is required.
Scheduling Office Reception
Assistants are responsible for communicating information about the University to visitors, students, and campus departments and offices. Focused and assertive customer service is required. Assistants are responsible for clerical duties of the Scheduling Office including, but not limited to, answering multiple line telephones, greeting guests, and answering questions regarding Orientation and Campus Activities.
Tommy’s Place Talent Liaison
The Tommy’s Place Talent Liaison is crucial in event executions at Tommy’s Place. The liaison serves as the middle person between the talent and the Performance Venues technical crew. The Talent Liaison is a proactive position and assists the talent in load-in, load-out, and ensures patron satisfaction with programming.
Technical Theatre Assistant
Work under the direct supervision of the PV Technical Director and Stage Manager for various events. In addition to working for the Stage Manager, the position is most frequently a training program for advancement to Audio, Lighting, and Stage Management. To that end, technical assistants are encouraged to ask questions of and interact extensively with all production personnel. Attendance at regularly scheduled staff meetings and training sessions is required. Must be available nights and weekends.