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.
A member of the production team and reporting to the Production Manager, the Sound Supervisor collaborates with production staff and contracted personnel to ensure the design, installation, operation and removal of sound elements for the production season and special events. They also maintain and manage clear-coms, backstage and FOH monitors, hearing assist and run sound for all mainstage shows.
The Sound Supervisor will play a key role in creating, managing and maintaining the working environment in the theatre. 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:
- Take a lead role in the scheduling, planning, budgeting, renting, ordering and financial management and implementation of all sound elements for mainstage productions and other events as assigned.
- Work collaboratively with designers to reach a final sound product which is in-line with design intent while meeting industry standard safety practices, established deadlines and budgetary parameters
- Maintain all sound tools and equipment in accordance with the best industry standard practices for safety.
- Attend and participate in design and production meetings
- Attend technical rehearsals and preview performances as assigned
- Oversee and lead all load-ins and strikes of sound elements for each production, including per show tuning sessions
- Hire and supervise per show and seasonal sound positions to install, focus and maintain sound systems
- Serve as sound board operator for all performances of each mainstage show..
- Manage and execute required show maintenance on sound elements.
- Adherence 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. (https://lookingglasstheatre.org/aeistatement/)
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in sound, or a related field
- Demonstrated managerial experience, preferably with a performing arts organization
- Demonstrated capacity to build and motivate teams within a welcoming and sustainable work environment
- Ability to prioritize and offer a high degree of support under dynamic and emergent conditions
- Significant hands-on experience in theatrical audio, including wiring, DANTE systems general networking, signal flow and MIDI for integrated cuing
- Skill with repair and maintenance of sound equipment and accessories.
- Advanced knowledge of Yamaha consoles and Shure mic packs
- A desire to learn and implement varying technologies and materials
- Advanced knowledge of Qlab
- Must be comfortable with harness work at heights of up to 25’, repeatedly ascend/descend stairs and move equipment of up to 50 lbs
- 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
- Ability to work remotely as needed.