Sound and Lighting Technician

Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks a self-directed and highly-motivated individual with strong communication and diverse technical skills to join our sound and lighting departments.  CST is a world-class theater company producing work of the highest caliber due, in large part, to a supportive team philosophy.  The House Sound and Lighting Crew position is an integral full time part of an ambitious program averaging 12 productions per season in a 500-seat mainstage, 200-seat black box, a new groundbreaking flexible performance space, as well as several touring productions. This position’s responsibilities will be heavily weighted towards the sound department, but in certain parts of our season will switch to carry responsibility in the lighting department.  They will work with professional designers and directors from Chicago and around the world managing both produced and presented work, and will need to work in a fast-paced and interdisciplinary manner to address challenges. The position is compensated at a highly competitive hourly rate, with a benefits package and annual hourly guarantee.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Working with sound department to install and strike FOH mix positions and speaker systems. 
  • Serving as A2 on select productions, working with orchestras and actors on mic and monitoring infrastructure.
  • Serving as A1 cover on select productions, including straight plays, line-by-line mixing of large musicals, and presented work.
  • Managing Clear-Com infrastructure.
  • Installing, troubleshooting, programming, and running QLab rigs.
  • Operating sound for special events both in the theater as well as in other spaces inside and outside of our facility.
  • Supporting designers and department during tech rehearsals including the setup and strike of tech tables and associated equipment.
  • Assisting in install and setup of projectors and projection playback computers.
  • Maintaining sound inventory by tracking equipment and supplies, and doing hands-on maintenance as required.
  • Working with the lighting department in hang, focus, and troubleshooting of conventional lighting fixtures.
  • At times, serving as a light board operator for select productions.

Required skills and experience:

  • Minimum of three years of professional theatrical sound experience. Regional theater experience preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of Yamaha M7CL, LS9, and CL series consoles.  Understanding of both console setup as well as operation for straight plays and musicals.
  • Strong understanding of Yamaha DME and QSC Q-SYS infrastructure, Dante I/O protocols, network infrastructure, Aviom monitoring systems, Clear-Com systems, Shure wireless equipment and Wireless Workbench frequency coordination, QLab software, KVM equipment.
  • Experience with making microphone ear-rigs, boom-rigs, wig-mounts, painting mics, etc. and working closely with actors.
  • Knowledge of safe work practices related to electricity and working at heights.
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Comfortable working at heights of up to 50 feet.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Familiarity with counterweight fly systems and moderate rigging capabilities, both theory and practice.
  • Healthy knowledge of electrical theory and practice, especially with wiring and soldering projects.
  • Working knowledge of video projectors and video playback software.

This position is full time hourly involving up to six days of work per week including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays, and includes benefits.  Hours will vary based on the needs of each production.  Though current IATSE membership is NOT a prerequisite, the position will be covered under an IATSE Local 2 contract.  Position will begin in Spring 2018.

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references via email to formatted as .pdf, please.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.  No phone calls, please.

Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization.  We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

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