Assistant Lighting Supervisor

  • Part Time
  • Chicago

Website Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre Assistant Lighting Supervisor

Chicago Children’s Theatre is seeking a part-time Assistant Lighting Supervisor. This is a part-time, seasonal position, paid hourly.

CCT is Chicago’s premiere AEA TYA company working with professional artists and technicians to create high-quality work for child audiences. CCT’s space at 100 S Racine Ave, in the West Loop, is a flexible 125-seat blackbox theatre. The grid is 12′ and is accessible from ladders or scaffolds. We have an ETC Ion board, and an inventory of primarily incandescent fixtures (Pars, Source4s) with a few LEDs and Intelligent Fixtures (Epars, Source4 Lustrs, VL 3500s).

Responsibilities include:

– Attending and participating in design and production meetings.

– Attending lighting hang, focus, and work calls, and working alongside the Lighting Supervisor to manage crews or implement notes directly

– Programming our Ion console during tech and completing notes independently during the tech and preview process

– Responding to problems during the show run and working with the Lighting Supervisor to resolve them in a timely manner.

– Working with the Lighting Supervisor to advance the lighting department’s production capabilities and efficiency.

Desired skills include;

– Experience in doing electrics work independently, including hanging and focusing fixtures, troubleshooting, programming, and maintenance.

– Experience programming LED and moving instruments on an Ion console

– Experience installing LED tape and other practical lighting

– Organizational skills and the ability to carry out projects on your own if necessary

This position will begin at $21/hr. Work calls are paid on 4 hour minimums, meetings are paid on 2 hour minimums. Work from home or running errands is paid time. You will be paid as an employee of CCT on a bi-weekly basis. You may also be asked to board op some of the productions – board op hours are paid at $20/hour, and are not required for the position. All hours over 40 in a given week are paid at time-and-a-half.

The general calendar of our productions is below. You do not need to be available for every day during a production, but any significant conflicts should be reported ahead of time.

At current – the details of CCT’s COVID policies for 22/23 aren’t yet decided upon, but at the least, CCT shall require proof of full vaccination for all employees.


(note – there may be additional small projects scheduled (class shows, one off events) that assistant lighting supervisor can work if schedule allows)

Show 1 – Manual Cinema –

Load in and tech – Monday 9/5/22 – Friday 9/9/22
Run – 9/10 – 10/16
Load out – 10/17/22 – 10/21/22

(as this show is presented by CCT, it should require very little from the lighting department outside of loading in and loading out)

Show 2- Beatrix Potter

Load In/Rehearsals – 11/1/22-11/14/22
Tech – 11/14/22 – 11/18/22
Open – 11/19/22
Performances – 2 shows per day, weekends, performances at 9:30a and 11:30a (plus a few weekday shows)
11/19 – 12/24 (Christmas Eve)
Loadout Early January, TBD

Show 3 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Build/Load in March 2023

Rehearsal starts week of 3/27/23
Tech is week of 4/3/23
Previews will begin 4/11/23, we’ll open 4/15/23
Five week guaranteed run will close 5/14/23
Up to 3 additional extension weeks (thru 6/4/23)

Show will run 9 or 10 shows a week, Tuesdays-Saturdays, with shows at 10a/12p on Weekdays and 10:30a/12:30p on weekends.

Hours Estimates (the below hours are estimated only and aren’t a guarantee.):

Presented show: 20 hours

Show 1: 40 hours (not including board op)

Show 2:  60 hours (not including board op)


Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of employees. AA/EOE Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CCT is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination.

CCT prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

Instructions to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume to Director of Production Will Bishop at along with a list of any significant conflicts, and we will set up an interview time from there. 

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $21/hour