Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC
Professional Job

Expires: 06/14/23

Job Dates

June 14, 2023


$25 per hour

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Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is seeking a skilled Sound Engineer (SE) to join a dynamic and engaging Production team for the 2023/24 season.

The Sound Engineer is responsible for assisting the Production Manager/Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director (ATD), and Audio-Visual Specialist in coordinating the creation, maintenance, and running of sound and audio aspects around Folger Theatre productions and Folger Music concerts. There are additional opportunities available in O.B. Hardison Poetry Series readings, humanities lectures, conversations, and programming in new spaces. The SE will be integral in the creation and installation of theatrical productions, collaborating with design and creative teams, coordinating the installation of sound elements. This position will have a key role in the process for recording performances at the Folger to be housed in the Folger Collection. This position reports to the Production Manager/Technical Director and is an exciting opportunity for a team player to invest in a dynamic company.

The production dates are:

Production 1: The Winter's Tale September 27 - December 3, 2023

Production 2: The Reading Room January 22-29, 2024

Production 3: Where We Belong January 29 - March 24, 2024

Production 4: Metamorphoses April 8 - June 23, 2024

NOTE: In your application materials (brief cover letter and resume), please share your interest and availability for one or more of the productions listed above.

Folger Theatre is a professional AEA theater which prohibits discrimination of any kind. We are committed to diversity and creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace full of arts practitioners from all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, and disabilities. We strive for our stages and staff to mirror the wonderfully diverse community in which we live. We promise to intentionally make steps in building a more equitable artistic community and encourage you to check out the work that the Folger Shakespeare Library and Folger Theatre are doing to support this.

Health + safety: The health and well-being of all staff, contractors, and visitors is our top priority. While the Folger no longer requires masks or vaccinations (except for AEA spaces), we support and encourage individuals to take the safety precautions they are most comfortable with, and we ask that individual choices are respected. As we wrap up construction and move to work more consistently on-site this summer, the Folger will continue to review and update polices, in conversation with our staff.


This position is a weekly-paid position, at a rate of $25/hour.

This role has the ability to earn overtime pay. Overtime is 1.5x the pay rate for all hours worked over 40 in one week.


Supports and advises the Sound Designer (SD), Production Manager/Technical Director, ATD, and Audio-Visual Specialist in the sound equipment load-in and out for the production.

Programs sound cues into QLab as directed.

Maintains design integrity throughout runs through daily checks and maintenance of the sound system.

Prepares soundboards and equipment for performances and events.

Runs sound for all technical rehearsals, previews, and performances (run crew).

Creates live sound mixes for productions and events, as necessary.

Partners with Audio-Visual Specialist to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot sound equipment, wired and wireless intercom systems and auxiliary audio systems (dressing room monitors, assisted listening devices, etc.).

Ensures safe and conscientious working conditions and environments.

Other duties as assigned.


Must have 2+ years of theater experience, including running crews.

Comprehensive knowledge of theatrical sound technologies, processes, and equipment is required.

Must have previous experience in technical theatrical sound, rigging, and safety.

Experience with power distribution, wireless frequency coordination, digital audio consoles, theatrical networking, low voltage electronics, and video routing is required.

Experience with the following systems required: ClearCom; Qlab; Ableton Live, Cubase, or other standard DAW; Office; Shure Wireless Workbench.

Must have strong interpersonal skills.

Proven ability to problem-solve and take initiative is required.

Must have strong organization, communication, and multi-tasking skills.

Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment is necessary.

Local DMV residency strongly preferred (transit and housing are not provided).


Human Resources


Business Address

201 East Capitol Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

Posted: 05/26/2023 18:23:07 EST

Last Updated: 05/27/2023 01:01 EST

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