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  • Chicago
  • Hours Full-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

Position Overview: 

The Resident Stage Music Director is responsible for the musical vision of the ETC shows.

The successful candidate is able to: 

  • Underscore improvisation proficiently in various styles
  • Efficiently create and execute Qlab sound effects and cues.
  • Write original scores for comedic songs in multiple genres
  • Develop the overall sound design of a resident stage revue
  • Lead the ensemble musically
  • Collaborate with the director to create a cohesive theatrical experience

Accountabilities and Responsibilities Include (but not limited to)

  • Creative collaboration with the Director, Stage Manager & Ensemble
  • Compiling sound effects, music samples and needle drops & implementing cues into a running order, including pre-show & intermission mixes
  • Overall sound design for the show
  • Underscoring & running sound cues for performances
  • Attend rehearsals with the ensembles, including improvising & underscoring improv
  • Facilitating vocal warm-ups at rehearsal and performance calls
  • Teaching harmony parts to the ensemble
  • Diplomatically noting actors on music performance and communicating progress to the Director
  • Collaborating with the ensemble to create original songs and song writing
  • Attend and participate in meetings as-needed.

Ideal Skills:

  • Basic understanding of music cuing & performance software, including QLab and Logic
  • Familiarity with theater sound systems
  • Basic understanding of musical & comedic improvisation, specifically short-form games and long-form structures
  • Practice in creating digital synth sounds & beats and editing sound cues & song files
  • Proficiency in piano, with attention to playing various styles, genres, quotes from popular culture, emotions, countries, etc.
  • Performance of guitar, percussion, voice or other instruments is a plus
  • Composing interstitial music & creating new sound effects
  • Engaging with the cast and delivering lines in scenes
  • Adapting archived songs to meet needs of ensemble/show
  • Transposing songs to fit the vocal range of the ensemble
  • Creating charts for archiving songs
  • Replicating sound cues from shows that have not been previously archived
  • Providing individual ensemble members with vocal lessons

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years musical improv experience. They should have knowledge of Second City’s process and an understanding of the company as a whole. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required for this position.


We are an open, inclusive workplace and welcome applicants who bring along with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, ethnicity and points of view. We strive to continue our efforts to work with people who may otherwise be marginalized or underrepresented in our business and around our community.

All candidates for this role will be asked to authorize a background check and must be 21 and older.