Reports to Production Manager
Work Schedule Full-Time – hours vary and includes overtime, evenings, and weekends
Work Location Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City
Status Non-Exempt
Compensation Starts at $30.00 per hour
Benefits Eligible
Department Production

About The Company

At Center Theatre Group, we believe theatre creates an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences. As one of the nation’s most influential non-profit theatre companies, we provide the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country at the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Whether it’s producing new work through our robust artistic development programs or engaging people of all ages and backgrounds across Los Angeles through our community and education programs, we put theatre at the center of it all.

Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are rooted in all levels and aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture, and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.

As a nonprofit theatre, our mission has always been to reflect the community we serve and to harness the power of art to transform society. To that end, our organization is committed to bettering ourselves and embracing equity, access, and inclusion in all our work. In addition, we are committed to promoting an environment for our staff, artists, audiences, and colleagues that actively works against racism, harassment, and discrimination.

Position Summary

The Head Audio is responsible for overseeing all audio operations and equipment at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, working with guest Designers to realize their artistic visions onstage. They supervise the implementation, operation, and maintenance of the audio systems and lead crew members in load-ins, technical rehearsals, show runs, and loadouts. The Head Audio also serves as the Audio Engineer and Mixer for all Kirk Douglas Theatre performances.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Staff and supervise all audio installations and strikes for productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and takes an active role as an audio crew member as needed. Recruit and schedule support staff for technical rehearsals and performances, including Deck Audio crew.
  • In coordination with the Sound Designer, implement show specific sound designs and plots by installing and focusing speakers to the Designer’s specifications.
  • Help Production Management with budgets by obtaining estimates and making recommendations on vendor and gear choices, and presenting options to Designers. Arrange for the purchase, rental, or borrowing of equipment as needed to realize designs. 
  • Program and operate the mixing console and audio playback system for tech, previews, and performances.
  • Attend production meetings, CTG staff meetings, and rehearsals as needed.
  • Manage the audio inventories for the Kirk Douglas Theatre, including equipment, consumables, and hardware. Advise Management on new purchases and necessary expenditures.
  • Schedule and supervise maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of in-house equipment on a regular basis and keep work areas clean and organized. 
  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment by following and enforcing all safety regulations, providing safety equipment, training employees on safe practices, reporting incidents, managing record keeping, staying up to date on safety issues, and advising on safety-related policy and decisions. 
  • Approve and submit weekly timesheets for departmental overhires.
  • Communicate with incoming touring and rental events as needed to answer their technical questions. Be available for walk-throughs with potential clients and coordinate crew calls with Production Management.
  • Build and maintain relationships with vendors.
  • Collaborate with all staff in the furtherance of Center Theatre Group's goal of being an anti-racist theatre working towards Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for all. Encourage and empower everyone to speak out against racist workplace practices and policies. Participate in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily.
  • Support the Education and Community Partnerships, Institutional Advancement, and Marketing departments in furthering their work. This could include teaching workshops, leading tours, discussing behind-the-scenes activities, or taking on interns or apprentices.

Center Theatre Group provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. 

Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of current audio equipment, software, and technology, including mixing consoles, microphones, and PA. Familiarity with the Yamaha QL5 and Qlab preferred.
  • Understanding of live sound reinforcement, microphone placement, and audio system engineering.
  • Experience with wireless audio systems, including microphones and Clear-Com. 
  • Willingness to learn about new audio technologies, CTG will provide training.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with people that are mixed across lines of differences such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.
  • Experience effectively leading and managing crews.
  • Understanding of rigging, including ability to assist in or lead the installation of hanging speakers and other audio equipment preferred.
  • Ability to repeatedly lift, push, or maneuver items up to 50 pounds, either alone or with assistance from others, as well as scale ladders and work in high places.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively while managing multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to remain centered and respectful during sensitive situations, guiding teams to consensus in a holistic manner.
  • With advanced notice, ability to work a flexible schedule and overtime, including morning, evening, and weekend hours.

Compensation

CTG offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package including retirement plan options, escalating paid vacation, sick, personal days and holidays, paid lunch hour, and health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance program.

All employees are required to pass a background check.

It is CTG’s intention to have a workforce which is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster. New employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the first date of employment.

How To Apply

Tell us why you are the ideal person for this job.

Please send your resume and cover letter to cchichi@ctgla.org and include the position title in the subject line of the email. Due to the heavy volume of resumes received, emails that do not include the job title in the subject line of the email may not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate how you became aware of this position, e.g., name of website, current employee, other source.

No phone calls please. We will contact qualified individuals to set up interviews.

Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy, veteran/military status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by law. CTG will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We support, promote and embrace a diverse workforce.