Lighting Designer

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Roosevelt University


Under the direction of the Director of Production, the Lighting Designer serves as a key member of CCPA’s Production Team. The position is expected to function mostly independently in an environment conducive to the development of new work with changing priorities and detail-critical deadlines. The Lighting Designer is responsible for designing lights and managing projects from conception through completion with creative teams for each production including preparing bids and bringing shows in on budget. The Lighting Designer would also be in charge of student crews to assist in building the sets and crewing the shows. There is a possibility of hiring an ME.

CCPA is dedicated to building an equitable environment that centers excellence and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.



Create light designs for four to six O’Malley (mainstage) and 10 Miller (blackbox) shows, collaborating with directors and designers, providing research and lighting concepts, attending rehearsals, etc.
Participate in light design for additional projects in the O’Malley or Miller Theatre, as needed.
Collaborate with the design team and other production teams to establish methods for executing the design and construction of scenery, and its integration of other technical elements of the productions.
Maintain clear communication with designers and within the production team to ensure successful integration of a show’s technical elements.
Attend all design presentations, meetings, rehearsals and run-throughs as designated by the Director of Production.
Provide supervision for all load-in and work calls during the production process coordinating activity with other staff.


Review and revise budget estimates for each production by tracking all relevant information and ensuring these requests match the allocated budget and labor.
Prepare a load-in and strike schedule for four to six O’Malley (mainstage) and 10 Miller (blackbox/rep plot) productions.
Assist in creating, monitoring and overseeing the progress of light plot and necessary paperwork for all productions in the O’Malley Theatre based on the set designer’s renderings.
Prepare, organize, and communicate relevant technical information to shop employees and other departments ensuring the productions are built, installed, and struck in a timely, safe, and resource efficient manner.


Supervise, manage and support student workers to promote a safe, healthy, and productive working environment.
Actively participate in team building, fostering a work environment incorporating the values of CCPA.
Coach and develop students by monitoring the quality of students’ work and providing constructive feedback.
Coordinate ongoing maintenance of all lighting elements including effects equipment throughout the season as well as storage of lighting elements.
Maintain timesheets and track labor.


Project and track expenses for each production.
Ensure all relevant show files are up to date and maintained throughout the season.
Organize and prepare information for daily lighting calls.
Collaborate with Director of Production to ensure materials are purchased in a timely and resource efficient manner.


Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational environment; or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
Commitment to creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment that values diversity and centers excellence.
Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex, multilateral productions.
Experience in preparing budgets, labor estimates, build calendars, and staffing schedules.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written), mastery of word, excel, Lightwright, VectorWorks, and online collaboration tools.
Advanced knowledge in theatrical automation and rigging practices.
Willing to learn new skills to solve scenery challenges.
Successful candidates will be adept at managing competing priorities, navigating emergent challenges, and proactively identifying and mitigating risk.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $50,000
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