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Michele Anderson

Sound Crew Cover

POSITION:  Sound Crew Cover, Lookingglass Theatre Company 

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

CLASSIFICATION: Part-time Temporary, 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 Director of Production, the Sound Cover will learn the Sound Supervisor’s backstage track, including but not limited to preparing and executing all backstage and onstage sound needs, working with deck crew to implement sound related items within scenery and props, starting up and checking the sound system, assist with Clear Comm when needed, shut down the sound system after performances, and serve as the sound board operator during the performance of LTC’s production of Villette for select performances.

The Sound Crew Cover 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.

Sound Crew Cover will be provided with a minimum of two training shifts prior to running a full track before an audience unaided, as well as with all the necessary paperwork and training on specialty items required for said track. Sound Crew Cover will be scheduled for running shows from March 31st, 2023 to April 16th, 2023. Details below.

Key Responsibilities

- Execute the sound board operator track for a selected number of performances a week.

- Complete all daily start up and shut down procedures for the sound system, including the sound system, and clear-com.

- Communicate any and all sound notes to Director of Production.

- Maintain a clean and orderly booth 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. (

Required Qualifications

- 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.

Desired Qualifications:

- Ability to prioritize and offer a high degree of support under dynamic and emergent conditions

- Skill with repair and maintenance of audio equipment and accessories.

- Experience with the maintenance of standard theatrical shop tools

- Intermediate ability in soldering

- Intermediate knowledge of both AC and DC Power

Producer commits to the following:

- Sick Leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy.


Wednesday, March 29th: 5pm-9pm (Training Day 1)

Thursday, March 30th: 5pm-9pm (Training Day 2)

Saturday, April 1st: 5pm-9pm (Evening Performance)

Thursday, April 6th:

11:30am-3:30pm (Matinee Performance)

5pm-9pm (Evening Performance)

Saturday, April 8th: 5pm-9pm (Evening Performance)

Thursday, April 13th:

11:30am-3:30pm (Matinee Performance)

5pm-9pm (Evening Performance)

Saturday, April 15th: 5pm-9pm (Evening Performance)


This position is paid $19.00/hour with a four hour minimum per call. OT begins after 40 hours/week and is paid at 1.5x the 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.


Theatre: 163 E Pearson St.

How to Apply:

Please contact Brandon Reed, Sound Supervisor, at for more information if interested. No phone calls please.

Submit all application to:

In subject line: LTC- Sound Crew Cover Application

Body of email: Short description of your interest in the position.

Attach: PDF Resume & 3 References

Contact Info:
Brandon Reed
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL