Dallas Theater Center
Head of Audio

A word from Bryan White, Director of Production

Head of Audio

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Head of Audio

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: FLSA: Salaried, Exempt

START DATE: April 1st, 2022

SALARY RANGE: $50,000 - $60,000 

BENEFITS:  

  • Five (5) working days of vacation will be granted after six (6) months of continuous employment. Thereafter, vacation accrues at a rate of .83 days per month, yielding ten (10) vacation days per year for the first four (4)years of continuous employment, and is capped at fifteen (15) days. After four (4) years of continuous employment, vacation accrues at a rate of 1.25 days per month, yielding fifteen (15) vacation days per year and is capped at twenty-two (22) days.

  • Three (3) personal days per fiscal year (September-August). Personal days will be prorated if employment begins mid-season.

  • Twelve (12) sick days per fiscal year (September-August). Up to 8 sick days can be rolled over to the next fiscal year. Sick days are capped at 20 days.

  • Paid holidays:

    • New Year’s Day

    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    • Presidents’ Day

    • Memorial Day

    • Juneteenth

    • Independence Day

    • Labor Day

    • Thanksgiving

    • Day after Thanksgiving

    • Christmas Day

    • DTC Holiday Break

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance – Eligibility begins the first day of the month following 60 days from the start of full-time employment. If employment begins in April 2022, eligibility for benefits will begin on July1, 2022.

  • Relocation Assistance - Approx. $500 to $1000

Position Summary

An active member of Dallas Theater Center’s production department, the Head of Audio is responsible for the coordination of staff and equipment resources to service the audio requirements of all DTC productions and  

programs. They effectively communicate with and support visiting sound designers, ensuring that high artistic  

standards are met at all times. 

 

Essential Duties 

  • Effectively communicate and work closely with audio designers and show directors to materialize their vision, within financial and scheduling parameters and available resources.  

  • Manage and oversee the daily operations of the audio department, offices and shops. 

  • Lead and develop all full-time audio staff in addition to seasonal and overhire employees. 

  • Monitor, approve, and submit payroll for audio staff and overhire.  

  • Provide the Director of Production with accurate cost estimates of labor and materials required to produce a design as required by the script and then later by the Designer’s preliminary plot; track all department budgets and maintain efficient financial reconciliation. 

  • Attend and participate in full company, departmental, and production meetings; in addition to  technical rehearsals and previews for all productions.  

  • Supervise and actively participate in the installation and running of audio and Front of House support equipment and systems during load-in, performances, and strike. 

  • Conduct mid-year and annual performance reviews with all direct reports, providing coaching and feedback for growth and development. 

  • Monitor and implement industry best practices in safe audio and video rigging and installation.  

  • Maintain safe working conditions in keeping with DTC health and safety guidelines, and implement theater policies in keeping with DTC’s Mission, Vision, and Values. 

  • Perform all work in a manner that is consistent with DTC’s mission, vision and values, including our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Foster and maintain a positive and productive work environment backstage and in work areas and demonstrate leadership and teamwork in all aspects of work.  

  • Ability to advocate for department needs, resources and challenges and set realistic boundaries and timelines for work within the department. 

  • Effectively manage deadlines and lead the department in adapting to evolving priorities. 

  • Effectively plan workflows for multiple projects. 

  • Experience in the theory and practice of theater sound. 

  • Experience and expertise in reading and disseminating information from design drawings. 

  • Experience with Vectorworks preferred. 

  • Proficiency in Dropbox, Microsoft Office Suite, and G-Suite. 

  • Experience and expertise in sound platforms. 

  • Experience with Q-Lab preferred. 

  • Experience and/or knowledge of and with Digital Processors (DSP), such as Soundweb. 

  • Experience with Meyer, d&b Audiotecnik and EAW products including DSP. 

  • Experience operating digital consoles.   

  • Experience with Studer Vista and Yamaha is preferred. 

  • A strong working knowledge of line-by-line mixing and scene program in a theatrical setting. 

  • Working knowledge of Digital audio systems platforms such as Dante and MADI. 

  • Experience and expertise with wireless microphones including RF coordination and safe theatrical  microphone rigging. 

  • Must be able to comply with all OSHA regulations for creating and maintaining a safe work environment. 

 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to sit, stand, and squat for extended periods of time. 

  • Able to move 50lbs with a team lift as needed.  

  • Comfortable with working at heights. 

  • Able to work quickly and accurately in a complex and fast-moving environment. 

 

Experience: 

  • A combination of 3 to 5 years of theatrical audio and video experience, education in Audio Design and Theatrical Production and practical experience as a manager of people and projects.

About Dallas Theater Center
 

One of the leading regional theaters in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater. DTC is one of only two theaters in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, the largest and most prestigious non-profit professional theater association in the country. Under the leadership of Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and

new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the Award-winning Project Discovery and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and many community collaboration efforts with local organizations. In 2017, DTC launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including recent premieres of Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew; Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; The Fortress of Solitude by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson, and many more. 
 

As a member of The League of Resident Theaters (LORT), DTC operates under the LORT agreement with Actors’ Equity, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists. 

 


Mission

 

The mission of DTC is to engage, entertain and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

 

 

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

 

Dallas Theater Center commits to becoming a company of belonging -- a community that embraces all aspects of one’s racial identity, honors the importance of intersectionality, so that racial equity and justice are a reality for all people.

 

Structural and institutional racism has certainly cost us. We acknowledge our past failures and commit to be better and do better which means positioning racial equity and inclusion at the center of everything we do moving forward in service to Dallas. And, we will align and commit resources to intentionally and systematically root out racial disparity and prejudice across our organization.

 

We commit to narrative change in all areas of our control at DTC to ensure BIPOC artists and staff know and feel welcomed to participate in theater-making with us.

 

The leadership of Dallas Theater Center commits to creating space and time to listen to the concerns of BIPOC artists and staff working in the organization and also artists in community and regional theatre who offer us opportunities to become a fully inclusive and multicultural company.

 

We commit to narrative change and transformation that ensures anyone participating in the creation, build, and attendance of plays on our stages and supporting programs in the community feel they are a member of our community.

 

We commit to implementing and sustaining antiracist policies and practices at Dallas Theater Center and to support and influence the changes in our community and regional theatre.

 

We commit to providing healing spaces for BIPOC company members and artists who accompany us on this journey.

 

We will know transformation when we are operating as a fully, multicultural, antiracist regional theatre in service to Dallas and surrounding communities and influencing changes in the regional theatre industry.

 

We commit to influencing regional theatre by example and in consultation to support all American theatre.

 

Dallas Theater Center strongly believes that an effective workforce includes employees from different and diverse backgrounds and experiences that together form a more creative, innovative, and productive environment. As a leading national theater, DTC recognizes that building an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment is the key ingredient to its relevance and sustainability in the community it serves.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME! At Dallas Theater Center, we want to be the best place to work and see theater, and to be a positive and transformational force in Dallas and beyond. We stand-up for equity, diversity, and inclusion across our company and community. As a leading national theater, we recognize that building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment is central to our relevance and sustainability in the community we serve and love.

 

EQUITY means recognizing that not everyone starts at the same place, addressing inequities in access and opportunity, and allowing for full and fair participation.

 

DIVERSITY means acknowledging and respecting human qualities that are different from our own and outside the groups we are a part of or with which we are associated. These qualities include but are not limited to: ethnicity, race, color, country of origin, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual or relationship orientation, family structure, religion, beliefs, political affiliations, experiences and ability differences.

 

INCLUSION means honoring and accepting the gifts, backgrounds, experiences, and wisdom that every individual brings with them, so that every stakeholder feels valued by Dallas Theater Center. Our stakeholders are staff, artists, board members, donors, audiences, and community members.

 

ACTIV8 WORK GROUP

AFFINITY GROUPS

COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

MINDFUL MONDAYS

PERSONAL COMMITMENT STATEMENTS

We will strive to create a culture of inclusion where individuals can thrive, succeed, are able to participate in, and contribute to the progress and success of Dallas Theater Center, while growing both professionally and personally.

 

We recognize and value individual differences, and we acknowledge structural and systemic racism and other access barriers that prevent full and fair participation of people outside the dominant culture and power dynamics. We acknowledge the complexities of becoming a fully inclusive and anti-racist organization, and we accept the challenge to build an organization where full and fair participation is the norm.

 

We commit to providing fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement and to creating space for culturally diverse voices to be heard and power to be shared. Together, we are even better.

Covid Safety Policy

For Staff:

  • Dallas Theater Center believes that in order to achieve the safest workplace environment possible, all employees should be fully vaccinated for COVID19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved by DTC.

  • For the purposes of this policy, “employee” includes full-time staff and artists, part-time staff, overhire staff, and guest artists. The scope of this policy also includes all future and prospective employees.

  • For the purposes of this policy, “fully vaccinated” is defined as being >2+ weeks from receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, being >2+ weeks from receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or any other vaccination regimen approved for use in the United States for COVID19.

  • Included in this policy is the requirement of proof of all applicable booster shots for COVID19 vaccines as determined and directed by the CDC.

  • Once vaccinated for COVID19, employees are required to submit proof of vaccination via completed CDC vaccination card or other official documentation, to the Director of People Operations as soon as they complete their vaccine regimen.

 

For Guests & Audiences:

  • Dallas Center Theater (DTC) is excited to welcome theater lovers to our 2021-2022 season. As we continue our season, we remain committed to the health and safety of all of our artists, employees and guests. In order to maintain the safest working environment possible, all Dallas Theater Center staff, artists and crew have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the comfortability of our guests, we’ve implemented the following policies for performances held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater and Kalita Humphreys Theater:

    • Effective November 24, 2021

      • Dallas Theater Center will require audience members ages 12 and up to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their ticketed show date. Guests will display proof during security screening and will not be required to show identification. DTC will not save patrons information. Note: This policy does not affect the current production of The Supreme Leader.

      • Our latest vaccination & testing policy will be an addition to the COVID-19 Guest Policies currently in effect as of August 13, 2021 (detailed below).

    • Effective August 13, 2021

      • In alignment with guidelines set by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Dallas County health officials, all guests are required to wear a mask at all times at each performance held by Dallas Theater Center, regardless of vaccination status.

      • We strongly recommend adhering to social distancing guidelines set by Dallas County health officials and CDC maintaining a distance of 6ft between yourself and others outside of your household, wherever possible.

      • For your safety, security screening including walkthrough metal detectors and bag checks will now be in place for all ticketed events held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater.

      • Food and beverage will not be allowed inside of the performance auditorium.

      • Guests may remove masks to enjoy concessions in the theater lobby, if available for purchase. Dallas Theater Center will provide complimentary water for guests and masks to guests who forget to bring one.

      • Dallas Theater Center’s COVID-19 Guest Policy is subject to change as we continue to align with the health officials set by Dallas County and the CDC. Guests who purchase tickets to performances acknowledge and consent to the adherence of policies in place. Please continue to check this page for the latest updates regarding our COVID-19 Guest Policy.