Lighting Supervisor / Assistant Lighting Supervisor

  • Part Time
  • Chicago

Website Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre is seeking a part-time Lighting Supervisor and part-time Assistant Lighting Supervisor. These are part-time, seasonal positions, 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 (Rogue R2s, Epars, Source4 Lustrs, VL 3500s).

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending and participating in design and production meetings.
  • Creating all paperwork required for the successful implementation of each production’s lighting design.
  • Scheduling and leading lighting hang, focus, and work calls, managing crews and working independently.
  • Installing specialized and set mount lighting, including LED tape and practicals.
  • Managing the lighting budget for each production, including tracking overhire hours and materials purchases.
  • Programming our Ion console during tech and completing notes independently during the tech and preview process.
  • Responding to problems during the show run and resolving them in a timely manner.
  • Striking each show and designing and restoring a rep plot to be used in between productions by camps and education classes.
  • Running the board for productions as required, or hiring board operators
  • Assistant will support supervisor in all these tasks, split up tech days to lessen the schedule for each, and will split board-op duties.

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
  • Experience leading crews (3-4 people)

The Lighting Supervisor position will be paid at $26/hr. Work calls are paid on 4 hour minimums, meetings are paid on 2 hour minimums, show calls are paid at 3 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.  All hours over 40 in a given week are paid at time-and-a-half.

We will also be hiring an assistant lighting supervisor – who will work alongside the lighting supervisor at work calls, and split tech and preview hours with the supervisor. Assistant Supervisor Position will be paid at $25/hour. If you’re also interested in this position, please let us know.

Standard CCT tech schedule is Thurs-Sun, 12p-8p or 10a-8p each day

Standard CCT preview schedule is Tues-Fri, 10a previews, 12p-3p tech rehearsals

Standard CCT show schedule is Weds-Fri, 10a and 12p, Sat-Sun 9:30a and 11:30a shows

Most performances are about one hour long.


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

Show 1 – A World Premiere New Musical


Music rehearsal – Sept 11-15 2024

Rehearsal – Sept 18 – 29 2024

Tech – Oct 2 – 6 2024

Previews Oct 8-11 2024

Open Oct 12 2024

Close Nov 2 2024

Extension close Nov 10 2024

Show 2 – CCT Annual Holiday Show

Tech – Nov 19-22 2024

Open Nov 23 2024

Close Dec 31 2024

Show 3 – Presented Show

Rehearsal at CCT – Jan 9 2025 on

Open – Jan 25 2025

Close Feb 16 2025

Show 4 – Bilingual Circus/Clown Show

Music Rehearsals – Feb 12- 16 2025

Regular Rehearsal – Feb 19 – Mar 2 2025

Tech – Mar 5-9 2025

Previews – Mar 11-14 2025

Open Mar 15 2025

Potential Close May 31 2025

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

Show 1: 85 hours (not including board op)

Show 2: 50 hours (not including board op)

Show 3: 25 hours (not including board op)

Show 4:  80 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 (over Zoom or in person).

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $26/hr
Organization Address: 100 South Racine Avenue
Organization Contact Name: Will Bishop
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