Audio 2 (A2)
REPORTS TO: Sound Supervisor
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time Temporary, 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.
A member of the backstage crew and reporting to the Sound Supervisor, the Audio 2 (A2) will oversee microphone testing and maintenance, making sure that equipment is ready for each rehearsal and performance of Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon. The A2 in conjunction with the Sound Supervisor and Assistant Sound Supervisor is responsible for the setup of sound equipment on stage, including mic placement on instruments, helping manage backline, and mic placement on both actors and musicians. The A2 will assist with mixing a small rehearsal sound system that includes wireless handheld microphones during the rehearsal process. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, keeping backstage and storage areas clean and organized and supporting artists as needed.
The A2 will be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and reliable member of the backstage team. They will work closely with actors, crew, and production staff to ensure the safe, smooth, and consistent running of all performances and to shepherd a production process that is focused on supportive, sustainable, and anti-racist practices.
- Turning on and off all sound gear on stage and backstage ranging from RF Racks, to backline, instruments, and other audio equipment as needed.
- Double check the mic placement on both backline and actors.
- Build, maintain, and clean actor mic rigs.
- Help actor’s get into and out of their mic rigs before and after every tech, preview, and performance.
- Assist with troubleshooting backline and RF during tech and performances.
- Assist actors on stage with communicating and adjusting monitor mixes.
- Help setup and mix a small rehearsal sound system during the rehearsal process.
- Communicate all sound related notes to Sound Supervisor or Assistant Sound Supervisor.
- Maintain a clean and orderly backstage area.
- Adhere to and participate in implementation of Lookingglass COVID protocols.
- 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/)
- Demonstrated sound experience of at least 1 year at collegiate or professional level.
- Ability to ascend and descend stairs repeatedly.
- Ability to move and transport up to 50 pounds by yourself or with additional help.
- Intermediate sound system troubleshooting skills, including but not limited to cabling, equipment failure, clear-comm, MIDI, signal flow, and RF coordination.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Must possess organizational abilities and attention to detail.
- Intermediate knowledge of Sound System Signal Flow.
- Intermediate RF coordination experience.
- Basic knowledge of Shure’s ULXD, QLXD, and Axient Systems.
- Intermediate knowledge of building, maintaining, and repairing microphone rigs for actors.
- Intermediate knowledge of Shure Wireless Work Bench.
- Comfortable with interacting and relaying information to and from the Sound Supervisor.
- Ability to prioritize and offer a high degree of support under dynamic and emergent conditions
- Basic Skill with repair and maintenance of audio equipment and accessories.
- Intermediate Experience with the maintenance of standard theatrical shop tools
- Intermediate ability in soldering
- Intermediate knowledge of both AC and DC Power.
- Basic Knowledge of the Clear-Com Freespeak II system.
- Basic Knowledge of the Yamaha M7CL.
- Basic Knowledge of Dante.
Producer commits to the following:
- Sick Leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy.
Rehearsals (typically 10-6 or 12-6): Tuesday, April 25, 2023 – Saturday May 13, 2023
Tech (typically 12-8:30): Tuesday May 16, 2023 – Tuesday May 23, 2023
Previews (typically 12-5 rehearsal, and 7:30 preview):
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – Friday June 2, 2023
Performances: Saturday, June 3, 2023 – Sunday, July 16, 2023
This position is paid $19.00/hr with a guaranteed weekly minimum of $760; OT after 40 hours per week paid at 1.5x regular rate.
Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.
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.
Rehearsal, Tech and Performances: 163 E Pearson St.
How to Apply:
Please email, Sarah Burnham, Director of Production at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if interested. No phone calls please.
Submit all application to: email@example.com
In subject line: LTC- A2 Application
Body of email: Short description of your interest in the position.
Attach: PDF Resume & 3 References