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Sound Board Operator

Basic Job Description:

The sound Board operator uses the sound equipment to play back sound effects for a specific production.


The sound board operation is responsible for knowing how to use each piece of sound equipment involved in the production. He/she must be able to create and maintain clear cue sheets.

There can be complicated sound effects, which require quick thinking and hand/eye coordination.

The sound board operator attends all technical rehearsals and performances. Technical Rehearsals usually begin the weekend before opening. The entire weekend should be kept clear. Some productions may have complicated sound effects. For those shows, he/she should expect to start even a week earlier than techs. On performance days, the sound board operator’s call is usually 1 1/2 hour before curtain time. He/she are expected to participate in any strike following the closing performance