Lighting and Sound Supervisor
2023-24 Company Manager
Lighting and Sound Supervisor
Reports to Production Manager
The Lighting and Sound Supervisor works closely with the Lighting Designers and Sound Designers, along with the rest of the Artistic Department leadership (Production Manager and Artistic Director). S/he/they is responsible for working in partnership to manage the implementation of all lighting and sound designs as prepared by the individual designers of each production, or as requested by the Director, while staying within budget and on schedule. This includes generating required paperwork and assisting with maintaining the organization of the Lighting and Sound Supervisor’s office and all MRT Sound and Lighting Equipment.
All MRT employees are expected to embrace our mission statement and current strategic plan tenet of modeling Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at our core. MRT staff works in a manner consistent with these values by providing ongoing training, education, and action toward becoming an anti-racist and equitable institution across all races, ethnicities, abilities, sexual and gender expressions.
Duties and responsibilities
• Coordinate with designers through plots and paperwork to prepare for hang and focus, acquiring all needed additional materials including making arrangements for any borrowed or rented items.
• Assist designers with questions related to the space, inventory, or challenges that they may have in order to translate designs into a practical application for the production.
• Provide support and assistance to Stage Management for all related rehearsal needs during each rehearsal period.
• Partner with the Production Manager to manage load-in and change-over schedules and support staffing.
• Meet deadlines as outlined by the production schedule.
• Respond promptly to daily rehearsal reports and implement any changes that come out of rehearsal and preview process.
• Attend all production meetings, company meetings, technical rehearsals and technical rehearsal production meetings.
• Keep accurate and up to date paperwork on all productions, and provide all board operators, spot operators and Stage Management with the same.
• Operate within provided budgets to execute the needs of the show, promptly inform the Production Manager of potential delays in schedule or budgetary overages.
• Hire and manage all related labor needed to accomplish these tasks, as well as the scheduling and management of reporting seasonal staff, shop volunteers or educational interns.
• Accurately and promptly process all receipts using MRT’s Budget tracking and reconciliation practices.
• Work with Stage Management, board operator, Production Manager and additional sound and lighting run crew throughout the run of each show to ensure proper maintenance, including daily checks, focus touch ups, and general operational upkeep of all rental equipment.
Management of Equipment and Spaces:
• Maintain, clean and repair MRT’s inventory of lighting equipment, including organizing of the space, and replacement or disposal of items as needed.
• Maintain an accurate and up to date digital inventory of equipment to share with designers.
• Coordinate any rentals of MRT equipment to other organizations, keep accurate records of items on loan, and reconcile returns.
• Maintain all general MRT tools and equipment not used exclusively by other departments.
• Maintain all MRT house, exterior and emergency lighting, reporting to Production Manager or Senior Staff larger facility issues. Assist other production staff with general office lighting.
Community and Interdepartmental:
• Work with leadership to create and sustain a thriving organizational and workplace culture, ensuring transparency on culture-related expectations.
• Commit to fostering a workplace culture that infuses practices of anti-racism and equity into its everyday practices as well as its core principles.
• Be a role model for the organization in incorporating equity into all interactions with guest artists and community partners, centering their voices and acknowledging the different aspects of their cultural needs that may differ from established practice.
• Foster and maintain relationships with vendors, other regional theatre departments, schools, and community partners throughout the region.
• Serve as needed and appropriate as a key holder/ staff representative for unexpected needs or emergencies. Provide assistance as needed to LMA staff or artists, vendors, emergency services, or MRT patrons. Report unusual events, or uncooperative individuals to Production Manager or Senior Staff representative.
• Provide support to Education, Special Events, Company Management and any other departments’ projects as needed.
• Maintain and help to enforce MRT best practices regarding safety, cleanliness, and professionalism.
Other duties as assigned within reason or with adequate compensation.
• 3+ years experience in lighting, or related field.
• Ability to read and interpret blueprints or Vectorworks documents.
• Proficient knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, Vectorworks, Lightwright and CueLab.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability for creative problem solving.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
• Current driver’s license.
This position requires regular nights and weekends.
Ability to lift 50 lbs, stand for 2 hours, work at heights of 50 ft. and operate various powered and non-powered tools.
Compensation and Dates
$950 per week
Start date 9/25/23 – 5/27/24
2023-24 Company Manager
Merrimack Repertory Theatre, a LORT D regional theatre located in Lowell, MA, is seeking a seasonal, part time Company Manager to oversee artist experience. This position will work closely with the Executive Artistic Director and Production Manager to ensure the safety and hospitality of the artistic company.
All MRT employees are expected to embrace our mission statement and current strategic plan tenet of modeling Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at our core. MRT works in a manner consistent with these values by providing ongoing training, education, and action toward becoming an anti-racist and equitable institution across all races, ethnicities, abilities, sexual and gender identities.
Position: Company Manager, Part Time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt
Start Date: October 2, 2023
End Date: May 31, 2024
1. Ensures a quality experience for all artists. Arranges and books travel for Guest Artists from arrival to departure. Creates travel itinerary to share with artists and company.
2. Prime liaison for facilities related needs at Bagshaw Mills, which includes Administrative Offices and Artist Housing. Works with outside vendors including cable, internet, plumber, pest control, HVAC company, professional cleaners and building management company. Schedules, oversees, and provides access to vendors.
3. Primary coordinator for facilities needs at Liberty Hall, MRT’s theatre. Provides guidance to MRT staff at Liberty Hall including House Manager, Stage Manager, Box Office Manager. Ensures that facilities are safe, welcoming, and maintained.
4. Contracts all AEA employees and owns the completion of AEA-based paperwork and demographic report outs.
5. Maintains Artist Relations seasonal budget.
6. Maintains MRT Company vehicle.
7. Collaborates with Executive Artistic Director to implement procedures should an emergency arise.
8. Assists in the day-to-day responsibilities as it pertains to company management for Artistic and Production teams.
Above all else, MRT is seeking an individual who is willing to embrace Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s expectation of being a valuable team player, as well as those who are willing to help assure the highest possible safety measures. MRT strives toward becoming an Anti-Racist organization. We value an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups.
To apply, please submit resume and letter detailing what excites you about this role as well as your approach to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. EDI is important to MRT’s mission, and we ask you share the ways you would bring EDI to your work. Send to email@example.com with Company Manager in the subject line.
Job Requirements: valid driver’s license, ability to lift 25 pounds
Classification: Part Time up to 25 hours per week, flexible schedule, Non-Exempt
The Company Manager reports to MRT’s Executive Artistic Director.
Salary: $25 an hour, housing/all utilities included