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Deck Crew

POSITION: Deck Crew, Lookingglass Theatre Company 

REPORTS TO: Floor Manager, Assistant Production Manager 

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 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.  

Position Summary

A member of the backstage crew and reporting to the Floor Manager, Deck Crew will collaborate with the Stage Management team to prepare and execute all backstage and onstage presets, shifts, and handoffs during the tech, preview and performance runs of Lookingglass’s 3 show season.

Deck Crew will be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and reliable members of the backstage team. They will work closely with actors, crew, designers, 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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean and orderly backstage and stage area
  • Originate and run deck track for each production
  • Learn and run up to one additional deck track for each production
  • Complete daily rigging/scenic checks as instructed by applicable department
  • Collaborate with Floor Manager and Actors’ Equity Assistant Stage Managers for safe, effective operation of backstage
  • Complete minor scenic and prop repairs
  • Attend understudy rehearsals
  • 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. (

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated deck crew experience in collegiate, community, or professional environment
  • Must be comfortable with grid work at heights of up to 25’
  • Repeatedly ascend/descend stairs and independently move equipment of up to 50 lbs
  • Beginner experience with basic hand tools to complete minor scenic or properties repairs

Desired Qualifications:

  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Ability to excel in fast-paced, quickly changing environment
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Comfortable with harness work at heights of up to 25’
  • Punctual, professional, and work well as a member of a team

Producer commits to the following:

  • Opportunity to participate in Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion training
  • Sick leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Guaranteed weekly minimum to encompass up to 40 hours of work; OT begins after 40 hours/week and is paid at 1.5x the regular rate


The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Crew Training: Two days of training in week of Monday, November 7, 2022

Tech: Thursday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Previews: Sunday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Performances: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – Sunday, January 8, 2023

Scheduled days off for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

8-9 show performance weeks, typically Tuesday- Sunday


Crew Training: Two days of training in week of Monday, January 23, 2023

Tech: Tuesday, January 31 – Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Previews: Wednesday, February 8 – Friday, February 17, 2023

Performances: Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, April 23, 2023

8 show performance weeks, anticipated student matinees, typically Tuesday- Sunday

Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon

Crew Training: Two days of training in week of Monday, May 8, 2023

Tech: Tuesday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Previews: Wednesday, May 24 – Friday, June 2, 2023

Performances: Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, August 13, 2023

Possible extension through Sunday, August 27, 2023

8 show performance weeks, typically Tuesday- Sunday


$19.00/hr with a guaranteed weekly minimum of $760; OT after 40 hours per week paid at 1.5x regular rate.

The number of Deck Crew roles available varies by production. Qualified candidates will be considered for all production teams unless they indicate a preference otherwise. 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.

To be considered, send a resume and three references to Nikolaj Sorensen at including DECK CREW in the subject line. You may optionally include a cover letter or link to introductory video/audio file to further detail your interest and qualifications. Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 9, 2022. No phone calls please.

Contact Info:
Nikolaj Sorensen
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL