Sound Crew Head

Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual with strong communication and technical skills to join our sound department. CST is a world-class theater company producing work of the highest caliber due, in large part, to a supportive team philosophy. The Sound Crew Head 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 flexible performance space opening summer 2017, as well as several touring productions. The Sound Crew Head 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.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Serving as A1 on select productions, including straight plays, line-by-line mixing of large musicals and presented work
  • Working with sound department to install and strike FOH mix positions and speaker systems
  • Build wireless racks as needed for CST productions; coordinate frequencies and troubleshoot as needed
  • Spec, build and install MIDI, SMPTE and other interfaces for show control and communication between LX, sound and projections
  • Manage Clear-Com infrastructure for all departments
  • Install, troubleshoot, program and run QLab rigs
  • Assist in install and setup of projectors and projection playback computers
  • Serving as A2 on select productions, working with orchestras and actors on mic and monitoring infrastructure as well as managing an A2 on select productions
  • Operating sound for special events both in the theater as well as in other spaces both inside and outside of our facility
  • Collaborating effectively with designers to achieve their vision for all productions
  • Support designers and department during tech rehearsals including the setup and strike of tech tables and associated equipment
  • Trouble-shooting and prioritizing notes during, before and following tech rehearsals
  • Helping to prepare rental packages and other paperwork for load ins
  • Maintaining sound inventory by tracking equipment and supplies and doing hands-on maintenance as required
  • Working with the Sound Supervisor to identify and address long term needs across multiple venues

Required skills and experience:

  • Minimum of four years of professional theatrical sound experience—regional theater experience preferred
  • Proficient rigging capabilities, both theory and practice
  • 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 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
  • Healthy knowledge of electrical theory and practice, especially with wiring and soldering projects
  • Experience with projection equipment a plus
  • Comfortable working at heights of up to 50 feet
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and delegate tasks as necessary
  • Demonstrated track record of successful artistic collaboration with multiple departments and disciplines
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required

This position is full time involving up to six days of work per week including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays. Hours will vary based on the needs of each production. The position is hourly with benefits and will be covered under an IATSE Local 2 contract. Position will begin in November 2016.

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 Theater is an EEO organization. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

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