Production Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Auditorium Theatre

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.


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. The PM 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.




  • Create production advances, facilitate labor calls, execute technical riders, and secure rental equipment and production services. Act as technical representative for internal and external clients
  • Work with the GM, Programming and Production teams in the creation and ongoing management of production budgets and estimates.  Assist GM in preparing final settlement documents
  • Serve as a point of contact for clients and production personnel on all show and special, event related matters. Conduct client walkthroughs
  • Be present for all Theatre events to ensure proper event prep, consistent team performance, and efficient guest service orientated operations. Supervise production and operations staff during events
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Programming Depts on a consistent basis.
  • 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
  • Assist GM with the planning, investigation, and implementation of facility capital projects
  • Communicate with operations team to ensure all production facilities remain welcoming, clean, and maintained
  • Ensure backstage areas are fully compliant and up to date on all City and State regulations
  • Facilitate safety inspections to keep all certificates and permits up to date
  • Be point person for all emergency and safety concerns for the Back of House guests, staff, and artists
  • Review and approve production department payroll
  • Manage Department operating budget



  • 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 and time management 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.
  • Active commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
Instructions to Apply:

All candidates must complete an application through Roosevelt University –

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.

This role is an on-site role. Roosevelt University requires all new hires to be compliant with our COVID-19 vaccination policy, found at the COVID-19 website here. All new hires are required to be fully vac-cinated or have a legitimate religious or medical exemption at the time of hire.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $60K - $65K