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COVID Safety Officer for Her Honor Jane Byrne

POSITION: COVID Safety Officer for Her Honor Jane Byrne

REPORTS TO: Director of Production, People and Culture Director

CLASSIFICATION: Part Time, Non- Exempt

Theatre Overview

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 33rd 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.

Position Summary

A member of the production team and reporting to the Director of Production and the People and Culture Director, the COVID Safety Officer collaborates with Lookingglass, production staff, actors, and contracted personnel to ensure the implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID policies in accordance with State, City and Theatrical union guidelines.

The COVID Safety Officer will play a key role in managing, and maintaining the Lookingglass COVID policy, including weekly testing. They will also work closely with actors, designers, directors, crew and staff to shepherd a production process that is focused on supportive, sustainable, and anti-racist practices.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.

• Complete COVID-19 compliance safety training. Lookingglass will cover this cost if not already certified.

• Adherence to and participate in implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols

• A working understanding of COVID-19 symptoms, how the virus is spread & how best to avoid it

• In collaboration with People and Culture Director and Director of Production, oversee the implementation of COVID screening and testing of employees, actors, creatives, and select personnel

• Monitoring the job site throughout the day to ensure social distancing, where possible, and PPE protocols are in place & followed

• In collaboration with the People and Culture Director and Director of Production, maintain a continuous log of every person, including workers and visitors who may have had close contact with other individuals at the theatre

• Perform safety meetings/orientations for new team members and coordinate any needed safety trainings

• Provide daily COVID-19 safety reporting/logs

• Stay current on new developments in health & safety, to improve the quality and efficacy of the processes

• Serve as primary contact to receive and respond to COVID-19 safety and compliance concerns.

• Exercise autonomy and authority to address COVID-19 safety and compliance concerns within the bounds of established protocols.

• Establish a plan to communicate regularly with senior staff about COVID-19 safety and make recommendations for adjustments to COVID safety protocols as needed.

• 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. (


• Knowledge of or experience working in a theatre or equivalent experience

• Familiarity with AEA, LORT, or SAG COVID protocols or equivalent

• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Excellent organizational/project management skills and attention to detail.

• Proactive attitude and approach to all responsibilities under their purview

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Ability to quickly adapt to the needs of the organization and employees, as protocols change.

• Repeatedly ascend/descend stairs

• Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a large cargo van

• Ability to work nights and weekends for technical rehearsals and mainstage productions


Remote work as early as October 18, 2021

Onsite work from October 26, 2021 through December 27, 2021

First Rehearsal: October 26

Opening: November 14, 2021

Anticipated Closing: December 26, 2021

Rehearsal times are typically 10am-6pm, or 12pm-8:30pm. Performances are Wednesday- Sunday.

Anticipated schedule is approximately 40 hours/week.


COMPENSATION: $20.00/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.


To be considered, please send resume, and 3 references to Sarah Burnham, Director of Production, at with “COVID Safety Officer Search” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Contact Info:
Sarah Burnham
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL