Assistant Sound Supervisor
POSITION: Assistant Sound Supervisor for 2022-2023 Season
REPORTS TO: Sound Supervisor
CLASSIFICATION: Part Time, Non-Exempt
As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Founded in 1988 by a group of Northwestern University theatre graduates, Lookingglass moved into its permanent home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2003. Now in its 35th Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich.
With a roster of 29 Ensemble Members and 22 Artistic Associates, Lookingglass productions are centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and circus arts. Through its powerful, original theatre, the Company's goal is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, weep and laugh, create and destroy, and wake up where we first fell—changed, charged and empowered.
As a member of the production team and reporting to the Sound Supervisor, the Assistant Sound Supervisor collaborates with Lookingglass, production staff, and contracted personnel to ensure the implementation and ongoing maintenance of Lookingglass’ sound elements including, but not limited to, show sound system, backstage sound, and facilities sound in a safe and efficient manner. The Assistant Sound Supervisor may need to take on more leadership in the absence of the Sound Supervisor.
- Adherence to and participation in the implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols, including providing proof of full vaccination before the first day of employment.
- Work collaboratively with the Sound Supervisor to reach a final sound product which is in-line with design intent while meeting industry standard safety practices, established deadlines, and budgetary parameters.
- Assist with prep, hang, focus, system tuning, and paperwork for either The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Villette, and/or Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon.
- Help with load-in and strike of sound elements, as assigned.
- Serve alongside and lead a crew of 1-3 over hire audio technicians. Delegate tasks and lead crews as assigned.
- Aid in the research, development, and construction of sound practicals including soldering, wiring, hanging, and troubleshooting any practicals utilized over the course of a production.
- Attend technical rehearsals and preview performances, as assigned.
- Attend production meetings, as assigned.
- Aid in the completion of daily notes over the course of a tech and preview process as well as maintain and manage notes lists.
- Maintain a clean and orderly booth and catwalk area.
- Participate in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice. Lookingglass recognizes that it has much to do towards being an anti-racist and a more equitable institution. We believe that our work and our lives are infinitely more complex, rewarding, illuminating, and nearer to truth when we have a wider variety of human experiences in our room, at our table, and on our stage. This work, by the Board, Ensemble, and staff, is ongoing and is publicly reflected here: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Lookingglass Theatre Company. (https://lookingglasstheatre.org/aeistatement/)
- Actively working towards Anti-racist ideals
- Intermediate knowledge of theatrical building techniques
- Minimum of 2 years of experience in theatrical sound, or a related field, at a collegiate or equivalent level.
- Demonstrated managerial experience, preferably with a performing arts organization
- Ability to read and interpret a speaker plot, signal flow diagram, and other sound paperwork.
- Intermediate knowledge of Yamaha digital consoles (M7CL is our console), including programming scenes, signal flow, and MIDI implementation.
- Intermediate knowledge of QLab.
- Intermediate knowledge of digital signal flow.
- Basic knowledge of Dante systems and hardware.
- Ability to repeatedly ascend/descend stairs.
- Ability to move and transport up to 50 pounds by yourself or with additional help.
- Ability to work with and in a genie lift.
- Ability to prioritize and offer a high degree of support under dynamic and emergent conditions
- Intermediate hands-on experience in theatrical audio, including RF programming, in-ear monitors and wireless practicals, and audio networking.
- Skill with repair and maintenance of audio equipment and accessories.
- Intermediate knowledge of Vectorworks.
- Intermediate audio board programming experience.
- Advanced knowledge of QLab, including MIDI and OSC cues.
- Experience with the maintenance of standard theatrical shop tools
- Intermediate ability in soldering
- Intermediate knowledge of both AC and DC Power
- Valid Driver’s License
- Ability to move and transport scenery weighing up to 75lb across theatre or scene shop.
Producer commits to the following:
- Opportunity to participate in Anti-racism training.
- First Aid/CPR Certification.
- Fire Extinguisher training.
- Sick Leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Tour and Shop Prep: The week of October 17th.
Speaker Hang: November 2nd – November 3rd, 2022
Sound Tuning: November 7th, 2022
Tech: Thursday, November 10th – Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
Previews: Sunday, November 13th and Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
Opening: November 16th, 2022
Tour and Shop Prep: The week of January 16th
Speaker Hang: TBD
Sound Tuning: January 30th
Tech: January 31st – February 17th, 2023
Previews: February 8th – February 17th, 2023
Opening: February 18th, 2023
Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon
Tour and Shop Prep: The week of April 24th.
Speaker Hang: TBD
Sound Tuning: May 11th, 2023
Tech: May 16th – June 2nd, 2023
Previews: May 24th – June 2nd, 2023
Opening: June 3rd, 2023
Candidates with partial availability will be considered. Weekend and evening availability is a must with an anticipated 20 hours of work per week. Applicants will be considered for both the entire season as well as a per show basis, pending if the applicant is interested.
COMPENSATION: $24.00/hour, OT after 40 hours per week
Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.
Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.
Theatre: 163 E Pearson St.
How to Apply:
Please contact Brandon Reed, Sound Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if interested. No phone calls please.
Submit all applications to: email@example.com
In subject line: LTC - Assistant Sound Supervisor Application
Body of email: Short description of your interest in the position.
Attach: PDF Resume & 3 References