Assistant Audio Engineer

Creative Spaces & Event Services

The Assistant Audio Engineer (AAE) assists the Head Audio Engineer (HAE) in the installation, running, and strike of sound equipment in multiple venues at the Cornish Playhouse. Additionally, they will serve as the Swing for the HAE. When doing so, the Swing works with the Client’s Sound Engineer and Sound Designer in programming audio for shows and events. Also serves as the HAE in the Alhadeff Studio Theater. This position will retain the right of first refusal for all audio work required beyond the HAE.  This is a an academic year staff position, typically September – May, with a guarantee of 216 hours. The AAE will retain the “right of first refusal” for all work for which they are qualified for, year round (subject to change based on CBA). The AAE is represented by the collective bargaining agreement between IATSE Local #15 and the Cornish College of the Arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.


  • Candidates should exhibit skill in sound console programming (primarily Yamaha and DigiCo line)
    • Knowledge of Qlab and Waves.
    • Knowledge in network-based and digital systems.
  • Experience with drafting programs (Vectorworks/AutoCAD)
  • Experience with Aerial work platforms, and counterweight fly systems.
  • Assists in supervising maintenance and organization of audio equipment for both the Main stage and Black box with the HAE.
  • Assist in the setup, install, and operation of projection equipment.
  • Mix and set up sound for a variety of live events from live concerts, musicals, festivals, weddings, etc.
  • Attend production/staff meetings when requested.
  • Act as a running crew member for event and incoming shows.
  • Helps maintain accurate inventory records.
  • Maintain a safe work environment.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be willing to work cross-departmentally in all the other skills represented by Local 15 and assist other crew members when requested.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BFA in technical theater-equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • Must be able to work well with students in an educational capacity
  • Demonstrated ability to work with professional production teams, performers, and theater staff
  • Experience with PC and Mac; working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs apps, proficient in Excel
  • Understanding of design processes
  • Comfortable working above the stage floor either on a grid or catwalks
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills; proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to lift 50-70lbs

Department:  Creative Spaces and Event Services (CSES)
Reports To:    Playhouse Technical Supervisor
Supervises:    Staff Assistants and Overhire staff
Pay Grade:      $27.74/hour (subject to change based on CBA)
Guarantee:     216 hours per Academic Year. Plus first right to work other calls, year around (subject to change based on CBA)
FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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