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POSITION TITLE: Sound Supervisor
REPORTS TO: Director of Production
REPORTING STAFF: Sound Crew Head, Sound and Lighting Technician, Overhire Technicians
Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks an experienced manager with well developed communication and technical skills to lead our sound department. The Sound Supervisor is a key member of the production leadership team, managing an ambitious program which produces and presents between 12 and 16 productions per season in a 500-seat thrust space, 200-seat black box, a revolutionary new flexible performance space seating up to 850, as well as several touring productions. They will partner with professional designers and directors from Chicago and around the world, and will work alongside a highly skilled staff in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
- Serving as the primary liaison with sound designers with the goal of collaboratively realizing their designs.
- Managing the infrastructure of the sound department including the inventory, organization, maintenance, storage, and deployment of all department assets.
- Hiring, training, and managing both staff and over-hire sound labor.
- Maintaining and creatively working within the established budgets for each production.
- Coordinating sound department needs with those of other production department heads.
- Maintaining a thorough understanding of industry trends and best practices. around departmental improvements and investments.
- Working both independently, and with designers to specify speaker placement for optimal system performance, especially in our large flexible space.
- Designing and building wireless racks as needed for CST productions.
- Managing Clear-Com infrastructure for all departments.
- Designing and occasionally installing QLab systems for rehearsals and performance.
- Recording musicians and actors as needed to create source material for our productions.
- Trouble-shooting and prioritizing notes during, before, and following tech rehearsals.
- Helping to prepare rental packages and other paperwork for load-ins.
Required skills and qualifications
- Minimum of 4 years of professional theatrical sound experience, some with supervisory or management level experience, preferably in a regional theater environment.
- Proficient knowledge of Yamaha CL series consoles. Understanding of both console setup as well as best practices in operation for straight plays and musicals.
- Understanding of MIDI, SMPTE, and other interfaces for show control and communication between LX, sound, and projections.
- Comprehensive understanding of Yamaha DME infrastructure, Dante I/O protocols, networking infrastructure, Aviom monitoring systems, Clear-Com systems, Shure wireless equipment and Wireless Workbench frequency coordination, QLab software, KVM infrastructure. QSys experience preferred.
- Healthy knowledge of electrical theory and safe working practices, especially with wiring and soldering projects.
- Comfortable occasionally working at heights of up to 50 feet.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and delegate with a positive and supportive attitude.
- Demonstrated track record of successful artistic collaboration with multiple departments and disciplines.
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.
- Knowledge of safe work practices related to electricity and occasionally working at heights of up to 50 feet.
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
- Lift up to 50 pounds.
Hours and Compensation
Position is full time and is at times scheduled to work six days of work per week including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays. Hours and scheduling will vary and are subject to change based on the needs of each production or project. The position is salaried with benefits.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Situated in downtown Chicago on Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has risen since its founding in 1986 to become a leading international theater company and recipient of both the Regional Theatre Tony Award and three Laurence Olivier Awards. Guided by the partnership between founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, the Theater is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new works, musicals and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, Chicago Shakespeare attracts 225,000 audience members annually. During 2016, the Theater spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, one of the world’s largest cultural festivals inspired by Shakespeare’s legacy. In 2017, the Theater opened its innovative new performance venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.