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Dan Grycza

Sound Supervisor

Job Title: Sound Supervisor

Reports to: Director of Production

Reporting Staff: Sound Crew Head, Over-hire sound technicians

Salary: $55,000-$60,000


The Sound Supervisor leads all activities of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sound Department for CST productions, educational and outreach programs, special events, and World Stage productions presented in any of the three Chicago Shakespeare venues. Working closely with the Director of Production and fellow Production Department Heads, the Sound Supervisor is responsible for season-long and project-specific planning and execution of all activities related to the Sound Department including attending design and production meetings, leading conversations with designers, hiring and supervision of sound technicians, and tracking of schedules and expenses. In addition to these duties, this position is responsible for managing the installation and upkeep of sound systems in all CST venues, including the design and tuning of basic designs.


Collaborate with designers to achieve the design for each production.

Provide guidance for optimal utilization of CST venues and equipment.

Oversee maintenance and upgrades to all sound department systems and equipment.

Maintain an organized inventory of all sound department equipment across all CST spaces and projects.

Hire, train, and manage over-hire sound labor.

Effectively delegate responsibilities to staff and over-hire labor as appropriate.

Operate within established seasonal and project specific budgets.

Create and manage sound department schedules.

Coordinate sound department needs with those of other production departments.

Maintain a thorough understanding of industry trends and best practices.

Build wireless racks as needed for CST productions.

Manage Clear-Com infrastructure.

Trouble-shoot and prioritize notes during, before, and following tech rehearsals and previews.

Prepare paperwork for load-ins.

Contact vendors for rental or purchase quotes for project specific equipment.

Along with fellow supervisors, this position takes a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Production Department’s IDEA Objectives. Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to creating a diverse and accessible work environment through our Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) initiatives. For more information on these objectives, please visit


Maintain QLab systems for rehearsals and performance.

Record musicians and actors as needed for productions.

Design and tune basic sound systems for venues.


This position supervises one full-time IA staff member and between 1 and 4 over-hire employees.


This position has responsibilities that will regularly involve purchasing, budgeting, and the tracking of expenses. Duties will include but are not limited to:

Accurately keep records of all purchases and returns

Clearly track of expenses across budgetary lines.

Maintain a petty cash fund.

Successfully adhere to established budgets.

Complete and submit all financial paperwork including credit card logs, receipts, invoices, and petty cash logs.

Work with the Production Office and the Finance Office to resolve any financial issues as necessary.


This position has responsibilities that are occasionally in proximity to the public or will do work that can be observed by the public.

Direct interaction with the public is unlikely but is possible.

Correspondence with the public via email or by phone is possible.


Perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to climbing, stooping, pushing, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, and pulling.

Work at height in locations including but not limited to catwalks, grids, ladders, and genies.

Perform a variety of physical tasks while wearing safety equipment including but not limited to harness, hardhat, and safety glasses.

Assist in the pushing, pulling, lifting, or moving of objects up to 50 lbs.

Use of manual dexterity in the operation of tools, computers, and equipment.


Work hours are primarily daytime, Monday through Friday, but will be variable depending on the phase of the project.

Evening, weekend, and holiday hours will be necessary at times.

Some work weeks will exceed 40 hours.

Position will primarily function at the CST facilities on Navy Pier in Chicago, IL but will at times work in other locations such as warehouses and city parks.

Working in a variety of environments including but not limited to construction shops, stages, trap rooms, catwalks and grids, warehouses, exposed loading docks, and outdoors.

Work environment may be dirty, noisy, in low-light, or in a tight and cramped space.

Will be exposed, at times, to potentially hazardous materials and equipment.

Will regularly be required to wear PPE during work activities.



Minimum of 4 years of professional sound experience

preferably in a regional theater environment

some supervisory or management experience

Proficient knowledge of Yamaha CL series consoles.

Understanding of both console setup as well as best practices in operation for straight plays and musicals.

Comprehensive understanding of

Yamaha DME infrastructure

Dante I/O protocols

Aviom monitoring systems

Clear-Com systems

Shure wireless equipment and Wireless Workbench frequency coordination


KVM infrastructure

QSys experience preferred.

Healthy knowledge of electrical theory and safe working practices, especially with wiring and soldering projects.


Understanding of MIDI, SMPTE, and other interfaces for show control and communication between LX, sound, and projections.

Ability to read and navigate CAD drawings of theater, as well as design elements.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Strong Interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills.

Literate in use of Microsoft Office suite

How to Apply

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or visit the Chicago Shakespeare website at

Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Please provide cover letter and resume to the link provided below:

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A leading international theater company and recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theaters year-round season offers a vibrant array of classics, musicals, new works, and family programs for 225,000 audience members annually. The Theater is Chicago's leading international presenter and, through its education efforts, has impacted the learning of over 2 million students. The opening of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, with its innovative design that changed the shape of theater architecture, together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, positions Chicago Shakespeare as the city's most versatile performing arts center.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago