Adventure Stage Chicago is seeking a highly collaborative, team-oriented full-time Venue & Production Manager to start immediately.
Reporting to the Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), the Venue & Production Manager coordinates the scheduling and use of Vittum Theater, a 299-seat multi-use performance venue and auditorium utilized by ASC programming, other Northwestern Settlement programs, Noble Street College Prep High School and renters. The Venue & Production Manager ensures that all users are oriented to the limitations of the space, have access to an organized inventory and are properly supervised. The Venue & Production Manager also oversees ASC production teams and timelines as well as administrative tasks (such as contracting and payroll) that are critical to the execution of ASC’s mainstage season of shows.
- Manages the theater reservation calendar and technical needs for all events in Vittum Theater
- Serves as the technical liaison for all users of the space.
- Provides daytime supervision of the theater and support as needed; will be on call on evenings and weekends as needed.
- Trains event supervisors to cover shifts on evenings and weekends. Venue & Production Manager is required to cover any shifts that do not get filled by event supervisors.
- Communicates the most up-to-date safety and emergency procedures.
- Maintains a clean and well-ordered shop space to maximize safety and organization.
- Maintains and manages usage of the theater’s entire technical inventory; is capable of solving problems that arise from regular usage of that inventory and schedules repairs as needed.
- Utilizes ASC’s stipulated project management software Basecamp and Google G-Suite for all project planning and communication.
- In collaboration with the Producing Artistic Director:
- Assesses production feasibility of artistic projects by providing detailed script breakdowns and budget analyses.
- Creates and manages production timelines for all slated artistic projects.
- Coordinates hiring process for all design and production positions.
- Effectively manages the season production budget.
- Ensures that directors and designers understand the multi-use functionality of the Vittum Theater and guides the design process with those limitations clearly in mind.
- Plans and supervises scenic build and load-in, electrics hang/focus, and strike for all productions.
- Provides ongoing support during run of each production, responding promptly to daily reports.
- Solicits post-production feedback from production and design teams to assess our performance and improve policies and procedures overall.
- Serves as primary liaison between production teams and ASC administrative staff.
- Additional season duties as needed:
- Provides front-of-house support for ASC matinees.
- Selects, contracts, and supervises production interns as needed.
- Coordinates and supervises high school interns selected by NSCPHS.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ACTIVITIES:
- A broad working knowledge of technical theatre, including lighting, sound, projections, carpentry and painting.
- Skill in and/or excitement to explore the integration of artistic practice with social services.
- Skill in handling complex and confidential matters, which can call for discrete, independent judgment.
- Knowledge of and/or excitement to explore organizational structures, hiring, training, workflow and operating procedures.
- Skill in and/or excitement to explore and develop supervisory and training skills.
- Skill in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite, Dropbox, Google Suite. Willingness to acquire skill in the use of Basecamp and Total Info.
- Ability to work changing & irregular shifts in all weather conditions as needed.
- Ability to communicate in a professional and congenial manner with a diverse array of community members from the Northwestern Settlement.
- 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 and a willingness to assist.
- A sense of humor!
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL EFFORT:
- Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs individually), carrying, pushing &/or pulling, climbing & balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching &/or crawling.
- Occasional hazardous conditions that may require special protection &/or special safety precautions.
- Occasional transport, installation, &/or strike of scenery, props, costumes, lights, & sound. A valid driver’s license is highly preferred.
ABOUT ADVENTURE STAGE CHICAGO:
Now entering its 16th season, Adventure Stage Chicago is a professional theatre for young audiences that creates and tells heroic stories for and about young people. It is the participatory arts of the Northwestern University Settlement House, a historic social service agency in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Always seeking to find the intersection between the larger social mission of the parent and the artistic practice of the program, Adventure Stage Chicago aims to provide meaningful experiences on stage, in classrooms and in the community which invite participants to reflect on their own experience and think critically about their agency in making positive change in our neighborhoods, in our city and in the world.
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