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Sound Engineer

This position is governed by an existing CBA with IATSE.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights. It houses a 329-seat professional theater, as well as a full school of performing arts that includes drama, dance, and music lessons. Our mission is to provide professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community. We strive to do this by creating an artistic, educational and collaborative home for performers, students and audiences members, making the arts accessible to our broad and diverse community, and cultivating a lifelong appreciation and involvement in the arts for our students, artists and community members.

Summary of Position: The Sound Engineer has an expert knowledge of running both live and pre-recorded sound at a professional level. This position is responsible for overseeing all sound/audio needs across the organization. This pertains to Produced, Presented Works, Development and School of Performing Arts (SOPA) departments. The Sound Engineer reports directly to the Technical Director but also works closely with department heads to communicate and execute the technical needs for each project. The Sound Engineer will work with the Master Electrician to perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on theatrical equipment and facilities and will serve as a resident technician of the performance space with working knowledge of all of its operating systems. This role is a full-time in-person position with hours that may vary based on seasonality. Evening and weekend hours will be required and weekly schedules will be adjusted accordingly.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee all sound/audio needs during tech-week for all Produced shows
  • Fulfill the role of in-house Sound Engineer for all Presented Works shows including managing backline rentals, communicating with guest artists about technical needs, running sound-check (both FOH and monitor), live-mixing the actual show in order to ensure volume and balance are suitable for artist and patrons, and assist in the set-up and strike of each performance.
  • The Sound Engineer is expected to work a majority of Presented Works and Produced shows. On the occasions where that's not possible they are responsible for finding and training a sub at the approved hourly rate.
  • Assist sound designers, engineers and Technical Director with equipment upkeep, sound-specific training, equipment rentals and other related duties as needed.
  • Act as technician on duty for seasonal SOPA showcases and performances
  • There may be opportunities to design sound for SOPA productions
  • Work with Development department on accommodating their sound needs for annual events including set-up and strike
  • Maintain all microphones and sound equipment in good working order and report repair needs or replacements to production manager
  • As schedule allows, Sound Engineer may be asked to assist Master Electrician with general technical and upkeep needs of the facilities
  • Occasionally the Sound Engineer may be asked to assist with running light board for simple shows that don’t require extensive light cues
  • Miscellaneous duties as needed to ensure excellent sound quality in all performances
  • Attend production department meetings and other meetings as needed
  • Abide by all Metropolis House Rules

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Significant experience as a Sound Engineer in a performing arts center or music venue
  • Working knowledge of Yamaha Digital Consoles, Dante, QLab and Shure wireless mics (or similar equipment)
  • Must be comfortable mixing a wide range of performances (bands, orchestras, musicals, comedians, dance etc.) including running pre-show FOH and monitor-mix sound checks.
  • Ample experience with cabling instruments, microphones and monitors
  • Experience with the maintenance and upkeep of wireless and body mics and other theatrical equipment
  • Basic knowledge of standard rigging principles and practices
  • Technical abilities to perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on theatrical equipment and facilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of artists and co-workers
  • Ability to work irregular and extended working hours, including nights and weekend

If you do not meet all of the above required skills, but you feel you have equivalent experience to perform this role, please apply. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is excited to train the right candidate if necessary.

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Contact Info:
Marie Zwayer
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Arlington Heights, IL