Lighting Supervisor | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Submitted by HSDC on Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:30pm

POSITION TITLE: Lighting Supervisor (Full Time)

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, we bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, and change lives through the experience of dance.

We are seeking a skilled, responsible and mission-driven individual to join Hubbard Street’s Production department. Reporting to the Production Manager, the Lighting Supervisor is charged with executing the technical aspects of the performances as planned by and with the Production Manager. HSDC’s Lighting Supervisor is responsible for maintaining the company’s aesthetic on the stage and will work closely with the Production Manager, artistic staff, choreographers, designers, and HSDC IATSE crew in implementing the production elements for each performance and ensure that the quality and execution of this work is up to the standards of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago both on tour and local engagements.


  • Create advance lighting drawings, paperwork and technical details for all HSDC engagements, in a timely manner to allow proper preparation time for HSDC crew and venue/presenter technical representative(s).
  • Maintain working master repertory light plot and paperwork.
  • Create and maintain archival lighting records for current and past repertoire.
  • Determine, in consultation with the Production Manager, the technical, touring and budgetary feasibility of designs.
  • Serve as liaison and assistant to guest designers on new works.
  • Oversee the Lighting Department’s portion, in consultation with the Master Electrician, of the load-in, focus, technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Execute lighting focus for all performances.
  • Set lighting cues for all performances.  Faithfully recreate and interpret design work to fit within performance and venue constraints.
  • Assist the Production Manager in facilitating the successful creation of new works, acquisitions and revival repertoire:
    • Gather contract bids for technical elements produced by outside vendors, specifically lighting and SFX elements.
    • Participate as necessary in production meetings, studio and technical rehearsals.
    • Additional duties as needed by the Production Manager and other HSDC staff.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for load-ins, rehearsals, performances, and load-outs.
  • With the Production Manager, mentor and manage the workflow of a seasonal production intern.
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Hubbard Street gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3 years related experience with major arts organizations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in lighting design or equivalent education or experience, with specific training in theatrical lighting design.
  • Basic understanding of all elements of stagecraft and a working knowledge of theatrical lighting and dimming equipment.
  • Literacy in a Microsoft Office environment and proficiency with specific production and lighting software including, but not limited to: Vectorworks 2015 or newer and Lightwright 5 or newer.
  • Preference will be given to those with touring experience, as well as supervisory experience in an IATSE or union environment. 
  • Applicants should possess strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Superior relationship building and interpersonal skills that allow the individual to function in a variety of settings among widely different groups of people, a unique combination of creative and analytical talents.  The successful candidate will be someone who generates ideas and seeks creative solutions to problems.
  • Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and ability to drive up to a 26’-0” rental truck.  Be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and to work at heights up to 25 feet.
To Apply: 

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, portfolio link, and drafting samples to only) by July 15, 2017. Please include LIGHTING SUPERVISOR in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work.

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