Lighting and Sound Supervisor

Lighting and Sound Supervisor

Reports to Production Manager

Job purpose

The Lighting and Sound Supervisor works closely with the Lighting and Sound Designers, along with the rest of the Artistic Department leadership (Production Manager and Artistic Director). S/he/they is responsible for managing 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 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

The Lighting and Sound Supervisor:

• 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.
• 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 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 sound and 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.
• Keep in working order MRT’s hearing impaired assisted listening system, reporting to Production Manager or Senior Staff when replacement might be required.
• 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 Lowell Memorial Auditorium 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, sound, 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.

Lighting and Sound Supervisor
February 2022 - June 30, 2022

Working conditions

This position requires regular nights and weekends.

Physical requirements

Ability to lift 50 lbs, stand for 2 hours, work at heights of 50 ft. and operate various powered and non-powered tools.

Direct reports

Lighting Board Operator and Resident Sound Engineer

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