Production Manager

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago, IL

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL (Remote)
  • Sun, Jul 31, 2022
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Theater
  • $75,000
  • $85,000

Website Chicago Shakespeare Theater


The Production Manager plays a key role in the planning and organization of all CST productions and projects, the strategizing of design and fabrication processes, and the communications processes for all CST productions and departmental initiatives. The PM coordinates the run of show schedules and activities in all CST venues, and directly supervises all employees involved in the running of productions. The Production Manager works closely with the Director of Production to develop and implement department wide programs and initiatives including, but not limited to safety, IDEA, and employee development.


In collaboration with the Director of Production, oversees the execution of all production requirements in support of the work across Chicago Shakespeares annual season–comprised of produced, co-produced, developed and presented productions and education/civic programs and creative partnerships

Provides top-line project management of all physical and operational aspects of assigned projects and supports production activities on unassigned projects

Along with Director of Production, leads, manages and supervises Chicago Shakespeares Production Department Heads and teams. The PM directly supervises all lighting, sound, and deck run of show crew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Ensures that the resources and support available to production departments are clearly articulated and managed to achieve the artistic vision and high standards of the Theater

Provides clear communication to all members of the creative team establishing accurate understanding of resources available to them. Provides leadership throughout the life-cycle of assigned productions, making key decisions when consensus cannot be reached. In concert with appropriate stakeholders, problem solves technical issues which arise during the project execution

Manages the maintenance and distribution of production calendars to all applicable CST constituents and to creative team members

Models and supports the mission and values of Chicago Shakespeare by:

Coaching and developing reporting staff, and completing performance evaluations with a focus on employee growth

Facilitating conflict resolution among employees as needed

Ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures

Building a team atmosphere and structure to encourage behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect and inclusion

Actively participates in fostering a work environment centering Chicago Shakespeares core values of Service, Ingenuity and Collaboration; advances daily the Theaters IDEA Commitments; and upholds the organizations strong ethos of Fiscal Responsibility

Cultivates and promotes a safe working environment in which Chicago Shakespeares production employees operate in accordance with current health and safety regulations and best practices in theater safety. Ensures that all designs and operations for assigned projects adhere to Chicago Shakespeare Theater safety protocols

Collaboratively manages Production related payroll issues, data entry, and activities with the Production Office Manager and other Production Department Heads

Runs and/or represents production leadership in department and design meetings, facilitating positive productivity and constructive communication, and fostering shared organizational commitments

In collaboration with the Director of Production and Director of Human Resources, manages and cultivates positive relations with collective bargaining partners

Supports special events which occur both on and off stage and involve Chicago Shakespeare production staff such as community productions, events, fundraisers, audience development initiatives, readings, etc.

In collaboration with the Production Office Manager, oversees administrative systems such as expense tracking, payroll, expense reports, and reports of injury.

Other duties as required


With Director of Production, creates and maintains annual production budgets and projects operational expenses on an ongoing basis

Maintains and approves team member timesheets and expense reports, PTO requests, and other personnel records


Ability to perform work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day. Ability to monitor tech rehearsals (typically sitting in theater seats while using a laptop) for extended periods of time

Wearing safety equipment including items such as hardhat and safety glasses

Use of manual dexterity in the operation of office equipment.


Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater, which includes evenings, weekends, and weeks in which over 40 hours are required

Position will primarily function at the CST facilities on Navy Pier in Chicago, IL but will at times work in other locations such as warehouses and city parks

Working in a variety of environments including but not limited to construction shops, stages, trap rooms, catwalks and grids, warehouses, exposed loading docks, and outdoors

Work environment may be noisy or in low light

Field LabelQualifications


Superior written and verbal communication skills (English primarily).

Prior experience in a senior management role of a theater production department.

Strong ability to lead a team, delegate, and communicate effectively across multiple departments

Proven experience in handling production and design processes on large scale productions

Experience, ability, and commitment to work with a diverse community of individuals and teams

Demonstrated computer skills including G-Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.

Working knowledge of and willingness to promote current health and safety practices of the theater industry

Ability to read and assimilate information from renderings and technical design drawings

Aptitude in crafting and overseeing budgets

Demonstrated creative judgment, excellent problem-solving skills, and attention to detail

Excellent time management skills

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times, cultivate a positive work environment, and maintain confidentiality as required

Adaptability to changing priorities, deadlines and the ability to manage numerous concurrent projects

Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and design

Working knowledge of scenic and costume construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, lighting, sound, properties, and hair and makeup


Ability to read and navigate CAD drawings of design and theater architecture

Valid drivers license and clean driving record

Working knowledge of IATSE, USA, and AEA, collective bargaining agreements

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