Court Theatre, a department of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, is seeking candidates for Lighting Supervisor.
Department: Court Theatre Production Department
Position: Lighting Supervisor
Classification: Year-Round, Full Time, Benefits-Eligible, Overtime Exempt
Reports to: Director of Production
The Lighting Supervisor performs or oversees all work necessary to execute and maintain the lighting designs for all mainstage and special events in Court Theatre’s annual season.
- Collaborate effectively with designers and other members of the production team to implement all lighting-related elements and special effects, with an emphasis on creative problem-solving.
- Evaluate lighting plot and create necessary paperwork for load-in. Arrange for the rental and/or purchase of all necessary equipment.
- Schedule and run all overhire crew calls necessary for load-in and hang, focus, notes, maintenance and strike. Maintain a network of overhire crew in order to effectively staff crew calls as needed.
- Build and wire lighting practicals and special effects as required.
- Attend load-in, focus, technical rehearsals, previews, work calls, production meetings and staff meetings.
- Run the light board for the majority of regular performances and special events.
- Exercise responsibility and accountability for the lighting department’s labor and materials budgets. Reconcile all lighting-related expenses promptly.
- With oversight from Director of Production, conduct and document haze testing results per AEA requirements
- Track and approve lighting department payroll promptly each pay period.
- Maintain an orderly and safe work environment at all times.
- Plan for and execute regular and long-term maintenance promptly.
- Maintain accurate, up-to-date inventory of all lighting and special effects equipment. Track lifespan of equipment and, with Director of Production, plan for replacements and upgrades.
- Read plays in advance and advise Director of Production about lighting-related needs as they might impact budget and/or schedule
- Coordinate with other production departments as necessary to facilitate a smooth work flow
- Support the production department with other duties as assigned.
- Provide lighting support for Court’s annual gala
- Engage with and support Court’s efforts to become an anti-racist organization where people of marginalized identities can feel safe and flourish.
Required Technical Knowledge and Skills:
- Working knowledge of current theatrical lighting technologies, including lighting instruments, atmospheric effects, strobes, and wireless dimming.
- 2+ years of prior experience working as a lighting technician, preferably in a regional theatre environment.
- Must be proficient with stage electrical work, ETC Ion console and Strand dimmers, designing and wiring practicals, atmospheric effects, Lightwright, Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD.
- Knowledge, and demonstrated track record, of safe working practices related to electricity, working at heights, and rigging.
- A leader who sets a positive tone for the work environment and demonstrates a strong spirit of collaboration, creativity, and respect.
- Creative problem-solving skills and ability to research new techniques/materials/solutions.
- Works well both independently and as part of a team
- Fine attention to detail and demonstrated commitment to quality.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to navigate shifting and competing priorities with patience and diplomacy.
- Forward-thinking team member who works to anticipate problems
- Ability to organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.
- Strong skills of diplomacy and discretion
- Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative artistic environment.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Manual dexterity
- Able to lift, push, pull or otherwise maneuver up to 40lbs repeatedly
- Able to stand or walk for long periods of time
- Able to work in dusty or noisy environments
- Able to work at heights, on ladders or mechanical lifts
- Able to safely operate a motor vehicle
- Work schedule requires working up to 6 days per week, including frequent evenings and weekends.
- Hours will vary according to the needs of the production and the season calendar.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Two or more years working in the professional theatrical or entertainment lighting industry.
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Three references
External candidates must apply online through the UChicago employment portal at:
Search University Staff Opportunities, Posting # JR16466
Internal candidates (including temporary or student employees), should apply through their personal Workday site, and not through the External Job Site.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.
Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact Human Resources by calling 773-834-1841 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.
About Court Theatre
Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Serving as the Center for Classic Theatre, Court is a leading theater in Chicago and nationally, unique in that it engages deeply with lovers of theatre and classic texts, UChicago faculty and students, and South Side residents. A LORT-D company now in its 65th year of operation, Court produces 5-6 main stage shows per year on an intimate, 250-seat thrust stage.
Court Theatre is committed to engaging, with equity and intention, the communities of which we are a part: the South Side of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the local and national theatre community, including Court’s own staff, freelance technicians, and guest artists. Court is dedicated to being an anti-racist organization and creating an environment where people of marginalized identities can feel safe and flourish.