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Head Sound Engineer

Historic Theatre Group, LLC, a division of Broadway Across America, the nation’s leading producer and promoter of live theatrical events is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Head Sound Engineer at the Orpheum Theatre.

$38.50/ hour

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Sound Department, whose responsibilities cover the engineering, fabrication, maintenance, repair, placement, handling, setting, striking, and any operation of sound reinforcement systems and all equipment, hardware, and circuitry associated with these systems; any “click-track” systems associated with sound equipment and circuitry; the intercom, paging, video CCTV, and monitor communications equipment and circuitry among production and artistic personnel; any sound recording and sound mixing within the jurisdiction of the union Agreement; and the broadcast and/or transmission of audio from any event within the jurisdiction of the union Agreement.  The intent of the foregoing is to confirm existing work jurisdiction and not to prevent the performance of other trades in installing additional equipment and/or hardware, nor of the operation and/or repair of this equipment and/or hardware as normally performed.
  • The personnel of the Sound Department under the direction of the Head Sound will include the Assistant Sound, Sound Board Operators, Stage Sound and Studio Personnel.
  • During any Employer-scheduled theatre maintenance hours at the Theatres, the Operations Coordinator and Department Heads will all perform, but are not limited to:

Coordination of the technical needs of future performances at the Theatre, maintenance of heating, cooling and electrical systems, care and maintenance of theatrical stage equipment, protection of the Theatre from damage by temporary employees or traveling crews, minor repairs to the electrical and plumbing systems throughout the Theatre bulb replacement within the Theatre (with the exception of the marquee) repair of the theatre seats, door hardware and the like; Back-of-house painting and front-of-house touch up painting as directed by Employer; maintenance of sound and lighting equipment; transport of Employer’s theatre-related equipment from one of the Theatres to another as directed by Employer set up, running and restore for small meetings and lectures. Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma required.  College degree preferred;
  • Passionate about the live entertainment industry;
  • 5+ years’ experience in the theatre, music and live entertainment business;
  • Willing to work a variety hours including evenings, weekends and holidays;
  • Ability to lead a crew;
  • Highly Organized with attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and personalities to ensure work is completed in a timely and productive manner;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal or group level;
  • Knowledge of various types of sound equipment, stage machinery;
  • Ability to solve problems and rethink priorities on the fly in a performance situation;
  • Basic carpentry, welding and painting skills;
  • Basic rigging, knots, and stagecraft;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stagehands, management and promoters;
  • Ability to understand and troubleshoot mechanical systems;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple parts of a project, set priorities and follow through in a timely manner



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Cooperation
    • Establishes and maintains effective relationships
    • Active listener
    • Offers direction, assistance and support to co-workers
    • Works cooperatively in group situations
  • Adaptability
    • Able to work around unexpected changes of circumstance or workload
    • Modifies a planned course of action based on new circumstances
    • Changes communication style to achieve the best results
  • Functional Competencies
    • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality
    • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Team Orientation
    • Fosters team cooperation
    • Understands team roles and responsibilities
    • Supports group problem solving


Qualifications aka KSAOs

  • Previous Head Sound Engineer/Stagehand experience required
  • Broadway touring experience preferred
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Exceptional  skills
  • Computer proficiency:  Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate and take direction from the operation coordinator, touring department heads and traveling road crews and work in a safe and effective manner.


Education and/or Experience

  • 5 years equivalent work experience required;
  • Passionate about the live entertainment industry required;
  • Experience in the theatre, music and live entertainment business required;
  • Effective communication skills, including clear and concise writing skills required;
  • Highly Organized with attention to detail required;
  • Computer proficiency:  Word, Excel and Outlook required.


Communication Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret show riders/details,
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from promoters, show personnel, staff and management.
  • Ability to effectively present information to staff, promoters, show personnel and management.


Critical Thinking

  • Ability to quickly resolve any backstage issues.
  • Ability to assess show needs.
  • Ability to be creative with challenging show requirements or other unique requests.
  • Ability to multitask with a calm and professional demeanor.


Physical Demands

  • The worker must be able to lift 50 lbs. overhead.
  • The worker must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a physically demanding setting which may include all kinds of weather.
  • The worker must be able to work at heights up to 80 feet. This will include work on the theatre’s grid, box booms, cove areas, and any other area within the building that a show may need to complete work.
  • The worker must be able to work on ladders and personnel lifts without restrictions.  This includes knowing the safe and acceptable methods of working on this equipment.
  • The worker must have a general proficiency in methods used for hanging soft goods and scenery.
  • The worker must have a general proficiency in methods used for setting up /striking video equipment.
  • The worker must be able to have a general proficiency in methods used for setting up/striking sound systems and associated equipment.
  • The worker must at minimum be able to effectively use the following knots:
  • Clove hitch, bowline, and bow (shoelace knot).
  • The worker must carry the following tools (minimum equipment):  pocketknife, crescent wrench, and flashlight.  Other tools such as a hammer and multi-tool are recommended to have on hand as well.


Work Environment

  • Busy fast paced backstage environment
  • Works long hours with a variety of people
  • Work as part of a team and independently
  • Work a variety of hours, mostly evenings and weekends



The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Employees will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.