Production Manager

Mission:  The Auditorium Theatre, an Illinois not-for-profit organization, is committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to Chicago and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre.

 The Auditorium Theatre thrives on the shared humanity that the performing arts provides. We are at our best when our leadership, partnerships, and the work we present on our stage reflects the world around us and the audiences that walk through our doors. Core to this belief is a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are dedicated to leveraging the transformative power of the arts to fully become the Theatre for the People.

Position Summary

The Production Manager (PM), is responsible for managing the production and operational needs, and dissemination of information, for performances and events at the Auditorium Theatre. He/she works closely in the management of show budgets, contracts, payroll, production estimates, settlements, client relations, maintenance of the building, and supervision of employees within the Production department. The PM will advise clients on all technical matters, efficiencies that may be realized, the use of stage equipment, safety and union labor rules. The PM will ensure a high level of client satisfaction of those renting and holding productions in the Auditorium Theatre.

Major Areas of Responsibilities

-Create production advances, facilitate labor calls, execute technical riders, and secure rental equipment and production services. Act as technical representative for internal and external rental clients. Work with the GM in the creation and ongoing management of production budgets and estimates.

-Assist on-site for special events held in the Auditorium facilities to ensure maximum client satisfaction. Coordinate timings and services with the GM and Front of House Manager (FHM)

-Serve as a point of contact for clients and production personnel on all show-related matters. Conduct client walkthroughs. Work with the GM in the creation of production estimates, and preparing final settlement documents.

-Participate in the maintenance, preparation and improvement of production facilities for daily operations as well as specific production requirements. Coordination with GM to make sure the building is operating safely and efficiently. Communicate with operations and janitorial departments to ensure all production facilities remain clean and maintained.

-Review and approve production department payroll and forward to accounting. Supervise production and operations staff during events.

-Prepare, purchase and participate in minor set construction, lighting focus and running sound and/or lighting in the Katten/Landau Studio.

-This position supervises 7 team members.

3 – 4 years

Relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities is the most important qualification of this position.

-Diverse knowledge in technical theatre practices including but not limited to general theatre lighting, audio, carpentry, and stage management.

-Supervision, union experience, backstage systems and equipment.

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

-Solid organizational skills.

-Highly computer literate, with a CAD background (Preferred).

-Independent problem solving and multitasking skills.

-Experience in managing the financial and technical complexity of large-scale productions. (Preferred)

-Strong spirit of optimism and collaboration

-An active commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).

Salary Range/Benefits

Medical, dental, and vision benefits available. Other benefits includes paid time-off and holidays, a flexible work schedule, and complimentary tickets to select performances.

To Apply
All candidates must complete an application through Roosevelt University – please click here.

The Auditorium Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.