Designers (Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Scenic/Props)

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago
  • December 15, 2023

Website Haven Chicago


Haven is currently seeking talented and creative designers in the fields of Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Scenic/Props to contribute their expertise to all three projects in our upcoming Director’s Haven Program. Each designer will work collaboratively with the directors, other design team members, and the production staff to create a cohesive and impactful visual and auditory experience for the audience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with directors to understand their vision and contribute creative ideas that enhance the storytelling of each play.
  • Develop and implement design concepts for costumes, lighting, sound, and scenic/props in accordance with the director’s vision and the production’s requirements.
  • Create and submit design sketches, plots, and other required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Attend production meetings and rehearsals to ensure alignment of the design elements with the overall production.
  • Coordinate with other designers and the production team to ensure a harmonious integration of all design elements.
  • Manage and supervise the installation and operation of design elements during tech rehearsals and performances.
  • Ensure that all design elements adhere to the budget and timeline constraints of the production.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Theater Design, Technical Theater, or a related field.
  • Proven experience as a designer in the respective field (Costume, Lighting, Sound, or Scenic/Props).
  • Strong artistic vision and creativity, with the ability to translate ideas into practical design solutions.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with directors, other designers, and the production team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
  • A strong portfolio showcasing previous design work.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

General Production Dates

  • Pre-Production 1/29/2024
  • First Rehearsal 2/5/2024
  • First Tech 3/13/2024
  • First Preview 3/25/2024
  • Opening Night 3/27/2024
  • Closing 4/10/2024


  • Preliminaries Due 1/5/2024
  • Designs Approved 2/2/2024
  • Final Drawings Due 2/16/2024
  • Paint Elevations Due 2/16/2024
  • Build Starts 3/1/2024
  • Load-IN 3/8/2024


  • Preliminaries Info 1/5/2024
  • Designs + Budget Approved 2/2/2024
  • Final Drawings Due 2/16/2024
  • Load-IN 3/8/2024


  • Touch Base w/Designer 11/13/2023
  • Preliminaries Due 12/4/2023
  • Final Drawings Due 1/1/2024
  • Designs + Budget Approved 1/15/2024
  • Build Starts 1/22/2024


  • Preliminary Eqmt List Due 1/26/2024
  • Budget Approved 2/9/2024
  • Light Plot Due 2/23/2024
  • Load-IN 3/8/2024
  • Focus TBD


  • Preliminary Eqmt List Due 1/26/2024
  • Budget Approved 2/9/2024
  • Sound Plot Due 2/23/2024
  • Load-IN 3/8/2024
  • Sound Programming TBD
Instructions to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter, portfolio, and a list of three references to

Please be sire specify the design field you are applying for in the subject line of your email (e.g., “Costume Designer - Director's Haven Application”).

We are eager to fill these roles promptly and encourage interested candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions is December 16, but please note that we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and aim to make a decision swiftly to ensure a smooth production process. Your prompt response is appreciated, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $1,000
Organization Contact Name: Angela Salinas
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