Sound Engineer

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Berkeley, CA 94704

Job Details


DEPARTMENT: Sound and Video

POSITION: Sound Engineer

POSTING DATE: 28 June, 2019

REPORTS TO: Sound and Video Supervisor

WORK SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Sunday (Typically on a show running schedule, this will change during off show, load in or tech periods)

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time Position

SALARY & BENEFITS: DOE. Hourly, Non-Exempt. Benefits Eligible after 90 days.


Tony-Award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre (LORT B) seeks a Sound Engineer to join our team.

Under the direction of the Sound and Video Supervisor, the Sound Engineer serves as a key member of BRT’s Sound and Video department. The Sound Engineer is responsible for normal operation of BRT productions, including: load in, load out, technical rehearsals, and show run. They will primarily work on main stage productions as the mix engineer, or backstage audio engineer, but may also be assigned rehearsals, rentals, workshops, and other company events as required. The Sound Engineer will also help with production video needs and normal maintenance and shop work for sound and video department. The sound engineer will work very closely with other production departments, as well as visiting actors, designers, and artistic staff, and therefore must have excellent interpersonal skills. The strongest candidate is a leader and technician who can dedicate themselves to the artistic vision and mission of Berkeley Rep. They will also share Berkeley Rep’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to the following tasks:

·         Act as the front of house or backstage sound engineer for main stage productions

·         Work with the sound and video team to load shows in and out of spaces

·         Work with incoming production teams on special events, rentals, and co-productions

·         Work in close collaboration with all production departments to ensure a smooth process balancing the needs of each production area

·         Work in close collaboration with front of house to ensure their sound and video needs are met (i.e. late seating, monitor feed, docent talks, and assisted listening devices)

·         Help organize and maintain sound and video equipment and work areas

·         Set up and run rehearsals, company events, talkbacks and workshops as assigned

·         Program and mix on digital consoles and audio software

·         Work closely with stage management, actors, wardrobe, and run crew on mounting and maintaining wireless microphones onto actors or moving pieces of props and scenery

·         Work closely with musicians on microphone placement and personal monitoring

·         Manage and maintain shows without supervision once they are open and running

·         Lead small crews and work calls as needed

·         Generate paperwork for operational and archival purposes

·         All other duties as assigned

Preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:

·         At least 2 years or more experience in theatrical sound at a comparable theater or venue

·         Knowledge of current audio equipment standards (maintenance, repair and troubleshooting), current wireless technologies, current digital consoles, and current industry standards

·         Working knowledge in sound software such as: Qlab, Logic, Protools, Wireless Workbench, Studio Manager, Cuestation, SMAART, etc.

·         Knowledge in computer networking including but not limited to IP standards and Dante networking

·         Experience mixing Musicals line-by-line

·         Experience with theatrical body micing and wireless systems

·         Knowledge of safe rigging practices is desirable

·         Working knowledge of Clear-Com products, analog, and digital intercom systems, and CCTV systems

·         Ability to produce show paperwork for training, show run and archival purposes

Preferred candidate will have the ability to:


·       Be an excellent collaborator in the process of creating new work and new productions.

·       Interact with a diverse group of constituents including visiting directors, designers, artists, administrative staff, technical crews, and students.

·       Have a good sense of humor and a positive attitude.

·       Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.

·       Work in a detail-oriented manner, and be resourceful and flexible.

·       Handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively.

·       Effectively and creatively problem-solve.

·       Carry out physically demanding activities. To reach above head, climb, lift and maneuver 50 pounds frequently. 

·       Work comfortably at heights such as on catwalks, ladders, and lifts.

·       Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure.

·       Stay on the forefront of new industry technology, consistently upgrading technical skills and knowledge base.

·       Work independently and as part of team.

·       Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, and weekends as required.

Application Procedure

Berkeley Rep is an equal opportunity employer. Berkeley Rep offers a diverse, congenial, casual environment conducive to professional growth. Position available 29th July, 2019.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, and a resume with at least 2 professional references without delay. Berkeley Rep will contact candidates of interest. Please, no calls.

Email submissions only. Send only PDF files, no web links to: [email protected] with the subject “Sound Engineer” Only complete submissions will be considered.


July 29, 2019 –



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