Theatre Manager

Theatre Manager

Chicago Children’s Theatre has an immediate opening for a talented, passionate, committed Theatre Manager. This core staff member will be a team member serving both the Production department & Facilities-Operations of CCT.

This is an early-career opportunity to gain exposure and skill development throughout several aspects of our progressive & visionary non-profit arts organization.

 Primary Duties:

  • Coordinate with the Director of Administration & Operations, Production Manager, part-time technical supervisors, and other members of the management team in planning & supporting resourcing for productions, tours, educational programs, special events, and facility management.
  • Respond in real time to the evolving nature of operating our West Loop facility.
  • Perform standardized preventative maintenance procedures to ensure that machines & mechanical systems continue to run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Perform basic inspections, testing, and technical support on all operational technology & equipment as needed.
  • Troubleshoot simple lighting, plumbing, and mechanical problems.
  • Secure facilities & grounds for the purpose of minimizing property damage, loss, and liability.
  • Respond to emergency situations during & after hours, nights, and weekends for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
  • Work with the Production Manager & part-time technical supervisors in the management & scheduling of all aspects of the production season including:
    • Payroll & AEA paperwork for all artists & show staff.
    • Budgets, purchases, and reconciliation of spending.
    • Contracts with AEA, USA, SDC, and non-union artists & show staff.
    • Production calendars & production meetings.
  • Coordinate with other department’s relevant information as needed for the smooth operation of each company event.
  • Oversee facility & equipment rentals in coordination with the Director of Administration & Operations & the Production Manager. Responsible for meeting a small annual revenue goal tied to rentals.
  • Plan, develop, and submit estimates for proposed modifications, alterations, and capital improvements to the facility & grounds in coordination with the Director of Administration & Operations.
  • Provide administrative support to Production & Facilities/Operations departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Utilize outstanding collaborative & time management skills along with the ability to prioritize a wide range of competing demands.
  • Knowledge and/or excitement to explore the function & maintenance of various mechanical & technical equipment and related software.
  • Knowledge of equipment commonly found in a theatre facility (e.g scene shop, rigging, lighting, sound, house, and stage areas, etc.).
  • Knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Skill and/or excitement to explore efficiently using common hand & power tools.
  • Skill in and/or excitement to explore supervisory practices & techniques for assigned staff and holistic theatre management.
  • Exhibit exceptional discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualification and Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to work changing & irregular shifts in all weather conditions as needed.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of internal & external personalities in a professional and congenial manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations and take positive actions to ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.
  • A good work ethic.
  • An abundant curiosity to learn & a willingness to assist.
  • A valid drivers license and working vehicle is highly preferred.
  • A sense of humor!

Working Environment:

  • Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs individually), carrying, pushing and/or pulling, climbing & balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling.
  • Occasional hazardous conditions that may require special protection and/or special safety precautions.
  • Occasional transport, installation, and/or strike of scenery, props, costumes, lights, and sound.


Salary commensurate with experience & benefits package available including health insurance, 401k, Flex Spending Account, Ventra employer discount, & an annual 5 weeks of Paid Time Off.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter (emphasizing any previous arts organization and/or non-profit experience), resume, and salary requirements to jobs@chicagochildrenstheatre.org. No calls please. The position is immediately available for hire.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to recruiting & fostering a diverse community of staff. Women and traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE

 Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to the principle of diversity & providing an equal employment opportunity in all terms and conditions of employment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, & individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age (40 & over), genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.