Deck Crew

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Lookingglass Theatre Co.

POSITION: Deck Crew, Lookingglass Theatre Company

REPORTS TO: Floor Manager, Assistant Production Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Part-time Temporary, Non-exempt

Theatre Overview

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 34th 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.

Position Summary

A member of the backstage crew and reporting to the Floor Manager, Deck Crew will collaborate with the Stage Management team to prepare and execute all backstage and onstage presets, shifts, and handoffs during performance runs of Lookingglass Alice.

Deck Crew will be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and reliable members of the backstage team. They will work closely with actors, crew, designers, and production staff to ensure the safe, smooth, and consistent running of all performances and to shepherd a production process that is focused on supportive, sustainable, and anti-racist practices.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

§  Maintain a clean and orderly backstage and stage area

§  Run deck track for Lookingglass Alice. Deck track may involve scenic and prop shifts, follow spot operation, and troubleshooting wireless microphones

§  Complete daily rigging/scenic checks as instructed by applicable department

§  Collaborate with Floor Manager and Actors’ Equity Assistant Stage Managers for safe, effective operation of backstage

§  Complete minor scenic and prop repairs

§  Adhere to and participate in implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols

Minimum Required Experience:

§  Demonstrated deck crew experience at collegiate level or higher

§  Must be comfortable with harness work at heights of up to 25’

§  Repeatedly ascend/descend stairs and move equipment of up to 50 lbs

§  Proficiency with basic hand tools necessary to complete minor repairs

Ideal Candidate will possess the following qualifications:

§  Outstanding attention to detail

§  Ability to excel in fast-paced, quickly changing environment

§  Excellent communication skills

§  Be punctual, professional, and work well as a member of a team

Dates as follows:

Immediate Start until July 31, 2022


This position is paid $18.00/hour with a guaranteed weekly minimum of $720 during run of show.  OT begins after 40 hours/week and is paid at time and a half and is anticipated to be 5 hours per week for an 8 show week.

Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.

Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

Instructions to Apply:

To be considered, send a resume, and three references to Sarah Burnham, at Please include DECK CREW – ALICE in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $18/hour