Theatre Consultant (Audiovisual Systems Design)




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$50,000 - $85,000, depending on experience


Charcoalblue is currently seeking a Theatre Consultant with audiovisual design experience, with specific expertise in systems design in North America. You will be responsible for all aspects of design, documenting, and commissioning AV systems on our projects, working as part of our project teams which can include theatre designers, lighting designers, stage equipment designers, and acousticians to deliver holistic, client-focused design solutions.  


  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their needs for a project as they relate to audiovisual systems (and beyond).
  • Proposing audiovisual systems solutions which meet project requirements at a conceptual level, including accurate budget setting, and impact of AV equipment on other building systems. 
  • Providing all aspects of system documentation including sketch illustration, written narrative description, architectural drawings, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and specification writing.  
  • Working with our internal design team to present a holistic design solution which balances all aspects of performance functionality and budget.  
  • Communicating with client teams to describe our solutions and ensure they reflect the right fit which balances the needs of various project constituents.  
  • Describing the functionality and purpose of audiovisual systems while adjusting communication styles for different audiences - for other creative designers, for experienced AV technicians, or electrical engineers.  
  • Working with architectural and engineering teams to ensure that each of the design disciplines includes the required infrastructure, support, and accommodation for all elements of the audiovisual systems. 
  • Providing cost projections throughout a project for audiovisual systems integration.
  • Conducting value engineering; adapting and revising designs to reduce cost while maintaining as much value and performance as possible, meanwhile being able to describe impacts on functionality.  
  • Participate in site visits for commissioning, witness testing, construction progress, and other purposes as required. This position will require occasional travel, including international/overseas travel. (During the pandemic, all flight travel has been put on hold).
  • Working with our Team Leaders to set out project work plans, goals, and deliverables. 
  • Contributing to the continual development of our internal design and technical resources. 
  • Discussing your work and ideas with other designers at Charcoalblue. 
  • Serving as a resource for all of our designers about audiovisual technology applicable to our projects. 


  • The successful candidate will possess most or all of the following qualifications: 
  • Minimum anticipated experience of 3 years working as an audiovisual systems designer; likely in some combination of performing arts and architecture.  
  • Served as primary audiovisual systems designer for completed projects in the design, documentation, construction, and commissioning phases
  • Can demonstrate the creation of contract documentation for the audiovisual systems on new construction or architectural renovation projects in North America. 
  • The ability to self-manage and set work plans for the successful delivery of work against deadlines with minimal input from management. 
  • An expert level of detailed knowledge about audiovisual technology and systems integration. 
  • A practical knowledge of audio and acoustic theory, as well as visual media fundamentals.
  • Experience in computer drafting of some form. Proficiency in REVIT or the ability to quickly learn it will be required.
  • Familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office products is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and / or Bluebeam is also essential.
  • Experience and interest in live performance, broadcast, and/or events.
  • CTS certification is a plus, but not required.