Writers Theatre
Glencoe, IL

Expires: 10/15/21

Job Dates

Full time


Minimum annual salary of $43,000 annually

POSITION: Lighting Supervisor
REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Facilities
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time; Exempt; Annual

Writers Theatre (WT) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning theatre company located on the North Shore of Chicago with an annual, pre-pandemic operating budget of approximately $6.5 million. Known for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its productions, WT is focused on the power of the written word and dedicated to the artists who bring that word to life. The company has produced over 120 productionseverything from inventive interpretations of classics to groundbreaking new work. In February 2016, WT opened a new, state-of-the-art theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects. Now celebrating its 30th season, WT annually welcomes more than 60,000 patrons, engages an average of 10,000 students through its Education programs, and has helped establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

Writers Theatre seeks a Lighting Supervisor to oversee the operation of the Electrics Department. The Lighting Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the execution of the lighting design including but not limited to budgeting, expense tracking, hanging and focusing of all lights, and management of lighting personnel needed to execute a design. This position will also provide support for special events as needed. The Lighting Supervisor works closely with the Director of Production and Facilities, the rest of the Production and Facilities team, and is the primary liaison between the Lighting Designer and the Theatre.

Communication, Management + Scheduling Duties include:
Collaborate with and support Lighting Designers to realize final Lighting design, while staying within budget, meeting deadlines, and maintaining safe practices
Translate the plots, plans, and paperwork from Lighting Designer to create fully working systems onstage
Coordinate with the Technical Director and Audio Supervisor regarding production scheduling
Hire and supervise electrics over-hire labor
Schedule and oversee all electrics calls
Generate overall Lighting timelines
Coordinate with Stage Management regarding notes onstage and cue light locations
Support the scenic, props, costumes departments for any components requiring an electric component

Financial Duties include:
Overall Budget Keeper for the Electrics Dept, overseeing and tracking labor and materials
Coordinate with WT Business Manager and Assistant Production Manager (i.e.: handling reimbursements, cash flow, labor bills, etc.)
Review and approve staff timecards for payroll
Collaborate with Director of Production and Facilities on planning for capital improvements, including equipment life cycle analysis for existing inventory

General Duties include:
Maintain all theatrical lighting systems and equipment
Work alongside the Facilities Technician to maintain the buildings architectural lighting systems
Maintain and update inventory of equipment and supplies
Attend design and production meetings, designer run, technical rehearsals, and other meetings as necessary and assigned
Assist designers as needed
Assist with notes as needed
Find, order and return items purchased, rented, etc
Maintain a safe working environment for electrics over-hire, actors, and colleagues

Expert knowledge of theatrical lighting systems, equipment, and practices
Strong knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment, including both conventional and LED fixtures
Experience with ETC Paradigm architectural control system is a plus
Capable experience in computer networking for theatrical applications
Basic programming and operation experience with the ETC EOS Console Family
Able to read and understand technical ground plans, sections, lighting, and sound plots, etc.
Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Vectorworks/AutoCad, Lightwright
Working knowledge and experience with projection systems and equipment, including video playback software such as Q-Lab, WatchOut, and/or Isadora is a plus
Ability to lift, push, or maneuver up to 50 lbs
Must be comfortable working in personnel and scissor lifts at heights up to 42
Experience in building and managing a labor force while fostering a welcoming environment
Demonstrated history and success with estimating and managing a budget
Strong organizational, leadership, and time management skills
Ability to plan long term and collaborate to improve the future of the Electrics Department and overall Theatre
Availability to work nights and weekends as needed
Must be able to comply with organizational COVID safety policies and procedures
A commitment to ethical conduct in all aspects of the work environment
A commitment to creating a just, equitable and inclusive work environment
A commitment to the protection of confidential information to which this position has access

Writers Theatre requires proof of vaccination and face coverings for all employees.

WT is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as promoting a safe, supportive and collaborative work environment conducive to professional and personal growth. A successful candidate will share these values.

WT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Additional information about WTs commitment to providing a safe and supportive workplace can be found at writerstheatre.org/working-at-wt

COMPENSATION: a minimum annual salary of $43,000
BENEFITS INCLUDE: medical, dental and disability insurance, vacation and other paid leave, a 403(b)-retirement plan (with employer match) and medical and dependent care cafeteria plans.

Please send a resume plus an expression of interest (video, audio, written) that speak to interests, skills, accomplishments, and characteristics that distinguish yourself to Adam Friedland, Director of Production and Facilities at productionjobs@writerstheatre.org.

Please include in the subject line of the email Lighting Supervisor 2021. No phone calls please.


Adam Friedland

Director of Production and Facilities



(847) 242-6001

Fax: (847) 242-6011

Business Address

321 Park Ave.

Glencoe, IL 60022

Posted: 09/08/2021 12:01:00 EST

Last Updated: 09/08/2021 15:00 EST

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