Sound Technician

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago

Website Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Reports to: Sound Supervisor

Reporting Staff: None

1. PURPOSE OF THE JOB (What are the major objectives of this position? Why does the job exist?)

This position works with the CST Sound Department to install and strike audio equipment across our three theater campus. As program requires, they may also be asked to serve on the run crew of shows. Sound technicians will routinely be asked to collaborate with other production departments in the course of their work.

2. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (The essential duties of the position.)

  • Load, unload, move, and assemble, speaker, networking, amplification, and communications equipment.
  • Run cables.
  • Clean and organize equipment storage areas.
  • Support Sound Department during tech rehearsals including the setup and strike of tech tables and associated equipment
  • Collaborate with other technicians to positively and productively support the realization of CST productions.

3. SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES (Responsibilities/important duties performed occasionally or in addition to the essential duties of the position.)

  • Working with orchestras and actors on microphone and monitoring infrastructure.

4. STAFF SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES (Provide the number and type of employee managed.)

  • None.

5. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (Budgeting and accounting responsibilities, reporting and auditing functions.)

  • None.


  • This position has responsibilities that are occasionally in proximity to the public or will do work that can be observed by the public.
  • Direct interaction with the public is unlikely but is possible.

7. PHYSICAL DEMANDS (i.e. walking, lifting, equipment operation, etc.)

  • Perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to climbing, stooping, pushing, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, and pulling.
  • Work at height in locations including but not limited to catwalks, grids, ladders, and genies.
  • Perform a variety of physical tasks while wearing safety equipment including but not limited to hardhat, safety glasses, use of fall protection.
  • Push, pull, lift, and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Use of manual dexterity in the operation of tools.

8. WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT (i.e. necessary travel, unusual work hours, unusual environmental conditions, etc.)

  • Work hours will be variable depending on the phase of the project.
  • Evening, weekend, and holiday hours will be necessary at times.
  • Some work weeks will exceed 40 hours.
  • Position will primarily function at the CST facilities on Navy Pier in Chicago, IL but will at times work in other locations such as warehouses and city parks.
  • Working in a variety of environments including but not limited to construction shops, stages, trap rooms, catwalks and grids, warehouses, exposed loading docks, and outdoors.
  • Work environment may be dirty, noisy, in low-light, or in a tight and cramped space.
  • Will be exposed, at times, to potentially hazardous materials and equipment.
  • Will regularly be required to wear PPE during work activities.

9. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED (Indicate which are required, preferred, or desirable. Include licenses and certificates.)


  • Strong Interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate well with others.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical audio equipment and vocabulary.
  • Knowledge of safe work practices related to electricity and working at heights.
  • Familiarity and comfort working with basic hand tools and power tools i.e. Cordless drill, wrenches, etc.


  • Experience operating audio equipment.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical vocabulary and practice


  • Experience with basic theatrical rigging
  • Experience with RF equipment
  • Familiarity with computer networking
  • Familiarity with low-voltage electrical systems and practices
  • Familiarity with analog partyline com systems

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Pay Rate/Range*: $19.00-22.00/hour