Production Coordinator

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Production Coordinator, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Job ID: 45849
Location: Evanston, Illinois

Department: SoC Wirtz Center for Perf Arts
Salary/Grade: EXS/5

Job Summary:
This role will provide production management and oversight for select readings and productions at the Wirtz Center (Chicago and Evanston) and the Kraus Studio in Evanston, the primary performance space for the Department of Performance Studies. The Producing Coordinator will work with Wirtz Staff, affiliated faculty and undergraduate and graduate students to access production needs, coordinate logistical, technical and personnel resources and manage budgets for lab productions and workshops in Evanston and Chicago. The Producing Coordinator will serve as the primary point person for the Department of Performance Studies’ producing and performance needs. They will also manage the audition process for the Wirtz Center’s Season each academic quarter, and develop and maintain relationships with organizations and units across campus in order to insure an inclusive and equitable audition process.

Please note: This job may require occasional evening or weekend work at the time of rehearsals or performances. This job may report to work on either the Chicago Campus or the Evanston Campus, as scheduled.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Wirtz Production Manager and faculty leadership to produce student-led projects in Performance Studies, the Alvina Kraus studio, and the Wirtz Center (Chicago and Evanston) including script readings, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Oversee Wirtz Center audition process 3-4 times per year, in consultation with the Wirtz Production Manager, faculty leadership, stage management and production directors. Facilitates communication about auditions and outreach across the campus communities.
  • Coordinates script or other media acquisitions at the direction of the program director(s) and Wirtz leadership.
  • Assists with accounting, purchasing, budgeting, and student records needed for the acting and media mission of the Performance Studies program, and for Student Performance Projects and other co-curricular or extra-curricular student-led projects, as identified by Wirtz Center management.
  • Coordinates the acquisition of any props, sets, or other materials needed for the functioning of the projects and coordinates and facilitates lighting and sound support and running crew for select performances at the Wirtz Center (Chicago and Evanston). Works closely with students to ensure that production scale and scope is managed, and work is completed safely and sustainably.
  • Is a hands-on production facilitator in the Kraus Studio, coordinating and assisting with all project needs, including sound, lighting, theatre technology, costumes, and other production needs in the Kraus Studio. Is capable of operating the Studio’s sound equipment, lighting equipment, projection equipment and facilitating other production elements during performances.
  • On-site liaison to NU support departments, as needed.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a 4 year course of study in a related field
  • Working knowledge of the Chicago theatre scene
  • Working knowledge of theatre technology (lighting, sound, projections, etc)

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to plan individual projects and annual calendars of projects/events
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in collaborative creative groups

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in theatre operations
  • Experience in an academic environment as a teacher or mentor3.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience with NU financial and student systems.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $48,000 – 60,000/year