Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks an experienced manager with well-developed communication and technical skills to lead our Lighting Department. The Lighting Supervisor is a key member of the production leadership team, managing an ambitious program averaging 12 productions per season in a 500-seat thrust space, 200-seat black box, and 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, managing both produced and presented work, and will need to thrive in a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment.
Job responsibilities include:
• Serving as master electrician for a 500-seat Courtyard Theater, a 200-seat Studio Theater, an 800 seat flexible space, and various off-site locations including touring productions.
• Collaborating effectively with designers to achieve their vision for both produced and presented work.
• Supervising an Assistant Lighting Supervisor, a staff programmer/board-op, as well as seasonal interns.
• Coordinating lighting department needs with those of other production department heads.
• Hiring, developing, and managing overhire lighting crews for load in, notes, and strike calls.
• Preparing plot and other paperwork for load ins.
• Trouble-shooting and prioritizing notes during, before, and following tech rehearsals.
• Arranging necessary equipment rentals through local and national lighting companies.
• Managing show, maintenance, and labor budgets, with a focus on creative and efficient problem solving posed by design needs.
• Maintaining lighting inventory by tracking equipment and supplies, and performing hands-on maintenance as required.
• Wiring and building special effects, practicals, and other lighting equipment as required.
• Maintaining a thorough understanding of industry trends and best practices, and applying this knowledge to capital expenditures, obsolescence management, and investment strategy.
• Setting and occasionally running lights for special events.
Required skills and experience:
• Minimum of 4 years of professional theatrical lighting experience with supervisory or management level experience, preferably in a regional theater producing environment.
• Extensive knowledge of ETC consoles and dimmers, and ETCNet protocols
• Familiarity with Show control protocols including MSC and OSC.
• Knowledge of electrical theory and practice, Lightwright, AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Excel, moving lights, scrollers, fog, strobes, wireless dimming, LED technology, and special effects equipment.
• An understanding of rigging principles and practices as they related to lighting equipment.
• Ability to accurately project the costs of design implementation.
• Knowledge of safe work practices related to electricity and working at heights, including implementation of fall prevention standards.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and delegate with a positive and supportive attitude.
• Demonstrated track record of successful artistic collaboration with multiple departments and disciplines.
• Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift up to 50 pounds
• Valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required
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, with a salary range from $55,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Position will begin Winter of 2019.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to email@example.com
Candidates of interest will be contacted by a representative of the Theater. Please no calls.
Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization.
We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.
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.