Geary Theater Head of Sound
Job Details
Geary Theater - San Francisco, CA

STATUS: Full Time/Seasonal/Weekly/I.A.T.S.E.

RATE: Local 16 Geary CBA / Current BELO Rate $2293.50 (includes 40hours ST / 10hours OT)




American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation, and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Awardwinning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, and education and community programs.



Position Purpose: As a working member of the Geary Theater house crew, the Head Sound is responsible for the implementation of sound designs for A.C.T.s Geary Theater main stage productions, including events and rentals. The Head Sound will program and operate the sound console during the tech process and for the run of each show. Occasionally and as needed, on shows such as large-scale musicals, a separate sound board operator and programmer may be employed, in which case the Head Sound will oversee and manage the sound crew, and carry out on stage cues and/or mic assistance as needed for show running. The Head Sound is also responsible to oversee and manage the Sound department crew and inventory.



Responsibilities: (please note, this list is not exhaustive, but rather a representation of job duties)

  • Coordinate and oversee the setup and strike of audio systems for shows and events, including set up of any speakers, microphones, consoles & other equipment as required.
  • Program the sound console and work as Sound operator for all technical rehearsals and performances, unless a specific show programmer and/or operator is assigned, in which case continue with Head Sound duties and assist with onstage cues as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating any rental equipment with the Production manager and Sound Designer.
  • Work with the Sound designer to program Qlab cues for the show
  • Operate sound elements for the show including operating QLab and live mixing of mics, instruments and any other sound elements.
  • Coordinate the set-up of any cue lights, cameras and video monitors
  • Participate as run crew for all productions.
  • Communicate audio information clearly in collaboration with other production areas for the success of the production
  • Work with and communicate with other departments to maintain a unified and organized crew
  • Attend and participate in all post rehearsal and post-performance tech notes sessions.
  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of the Sound booth & sound storage room
  • Oversee and train over hire crew as required.
  • Maintain venue equipment & coordinate external repairs & service as required.
  • Maintain a list of venue consumables that need to replenish for each season.
  • Attend pre-production meetings if required.
  • Keep informed and up to date with advanced knowledge about changes, training and technical advancements in the industry
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Qualities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Alignment with A.C.T.s Mission, Values and commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration with designers, directors, artists and stage managers
  • Understand and anticipate the needs of the sound designer, and provide creative partnership and solutions


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in understanding of cultural differences.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with A.C.T. colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Extensive professional experience in live sound in a theater environment (LORT preferred)
  • Advanced working knowledge of current sound technologies including but not limited to Digico, Yamaha, Meyer, Dante, Shure
  • Ability to balance and tune an audio system.
  • Advanced skill with programming QLAB and a Digico SD 10
  • Knowledge of Meyer Galileo & Dante systems
  • Provide hands on leadership, and engage in creative problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans, and paperwork.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office as well a Mac & PC operating systems
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, catwalks, grids, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.


*A.C.T. requires all employees to be fully vaccinated. Medical and Religious exemptions will need to be approved by Human Resources.


Diversity makes us stronger. If youd like to learn more about A.C.T. EDI values, Mission, Vision and culture go to Mission, Values, and EDI | American Conservatory Theater ( ACT is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.