Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Sound Supervisor

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Sound Supervisor

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Sound Supervisor

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: Winter 2021/22

SALARY RANGE: $55k - $60k 

BENEFITS:  

  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance options

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Paid leave time

    • 2 weeks vacation

    • 9 sick days

    • 3 personal days

  • Complimentary ticket package


Position Summary

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 installs.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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 www.chicagoshakes.com/about_us/idea.

 

Secondary  Responsibilities

  • Maintain QLab systems for rehearsals and performance.

  • Record musicians and actors as needed for productions.

  • Design and tune basic sound systems for venues.

 

Staff Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

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

 

Financial Responsibilities

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.

 

Interaction with Patrons and Public

  • 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.

 

Physical Demands

  • 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.

 

Working Conditions and Environment

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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

    • QLab

    • KVM infrastructure

    • QSys experience preferred

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

Preferred Skills

  • 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

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A Regional Tony Award recipient, Chicago Shakespeare Theater produces a bold and innovative year-round season—featuring plays, musicals, world premieres, family productions, and theatrical presentations from around the globe—alongside education programming for students, teachers, and lifelong learners, and engagement with communities and artists across the city.

 

Founded in 1986, the Theater has evolved and expanded to present as many as twenty productions and 650 performances annually and has been honored with numerous national and international awards. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work and has toured its own productions to five continents. Dedicated to welcoming the next generation of theatergoers, one in four audience members is under the age of eighteen.

 

Recognized as a national leader in a 2014 White House ceremony, the Theater’s arts-in-literacy programs support the work in classrooms across the region by bringing words to life onstage for tens of thousands of students each year and through a variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers. Its free Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program has fostered creative community engagement with artists across the city for more than a decade.

 

As a nonprofit organization, Chicago Shakespeare works to embrace diversity in all its forms, prioritize radical inclusion, provide equitable opportunities for growth and success, and offer an accessible experience for all. The Theater strives to engage today’s artists and audiences in active and critical conversations with the work of its namesake playwright, William Shakespeare.

 

Located on Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare’s campus features the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, and the Thoma Theater Upstairs. Onstage, in classrooms and neighborhoods across the city, and in venues around the world, Chicago Shakespeare is a multifaceted cultural hub—inviting audiences, artists, and community members to share powerful stories that connect and inspire us.

Mission

Bold in our commitment to enrich the global theatrical landscape, Chicago Shakespeare creates and advances art to reveal the diversity, power, and mystery of the human experience. With an adventurous and enterprising spirit, we explore, at the highest artistic level, the works of William Shakespeare and other leading artists as well as nurture the work of emerging theater-makers—engaging audiences and artists in a dynamic, life-long relationship that bridges countries, cultures and generations.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

As theater-makers, we are charged with engaging honestly and deeply in conversations about our humanity, and our inhumanity. At Chicago Shakespeare Theater, we aim to create and cultivate courageous spaces that advance dialogue around the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) throughout our organization, our programming, and our audience experience. We strive to be an organization that embraces diversity in all its forms, prioritizes radical inclusion, provides equitable opportunities for growth and success to all, and offers an accessible experience with which to engage in our work.

 

We are deeply committed to welcoming artists, audience members, and staff of broadly diverse and intersectional identities, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, ability, faith/belief tradition, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, age, socio-economic background, and nationality. Acknowledging the entrenched structural inequities around race in the American theater, we are especially focused on addressing equity and inclusion for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals within our IDEA efforts.

 

To realize our goals, we have identified six strategic priorities—Inclusive Artmaking, Education and Creative Community Engagement, Audience Engagement and Communications, Recruitment and Hiring, Diverse and Equitable Leadership, and Institutional Culture and Professional Development—each with corresponding actionable objectives. Guided by our mission and core values, this framework has been informed by thoughtful, collaborative processes at every level of the organization.

 

Action steps and progress updates at www.chicagoshakes.com/idea

Covid Safety Policy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s first priority remains the health and wellness of audiences, artists, theater staff, and the communities we serve.

 

The Theater is part of a coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues across Chicagoland implementing unified COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances. Patrons will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine in order to attend an indoor performance and must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry with their valid ticket. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated—including all children under the age of 12—must alternatively provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a testing facility. All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will need to wear a face covering throughout their time at Chicago Shakespeare, including the duration of the performance.

Full details on our health protocols at www.chicagoshakes.com/health