The Associate Production Manager coordinates and supports the Wirtz Production Manager in the execution of the mainstage season. This position’s primary responsibility will focus on the lab theatre productions such as the MFA Collaboration performances and Imagine U, a TYA series by serving as the Production Manager themselves or by training undergraduate and graduate students to create timelines, calendars, and plans of action.  Provides oversight, guidance and expertise in student production meetings for space usage, load ins, technical rehearsals, performances and strike. Ensures proper training of student crew and work study students for all aspects of the production to insure the safe operation and maintenance of all elements during performances. The Associate Production Manager supports and maintains the four lab theatre spaces as well as coordinates and approves requests for student groups to use those spaces. There are approximately 25 projects in the Lab Theatres annually.

Please Note: This position is almost exclusively afternoon, evening and weekend work.

Specific Responsibilities:

Coordinates and supports all Wirtz lab theatre productions in the Struble, Wallis and Black Box 101 & 201 Theatres.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following;

Create and implement timelines and calendars, schedule, supervise and/or attend production meetings, reserve space for production needs, and/or attend load ins, technical rehearsals, opening nights and strike.

Responsible for the training and supervision of running crews to insure the safe operation and maintenance of all elements during performances.

Mentors the students through their process from inception and through pre-production, rehearsal, tech, performances and strike.

Manages the application process for use of theater spaces by students in the theater department, School of Communication, and the university as a whole.

Is the liaison between the producer and creative team of each show and the Wirtz production staff.
Hires, trains, schedules and supervises all Wirtz lab theatre work study and non-work study students.
Acts as Production Manager for the MFA Collaboration shows.

Creates production schedules, supervises and/or attends production meetings, reserves space for production needs, attends load-ins, technical rehearsals and strike

Coordinates shop support for MFA productions in conjunction with Wirtz Shop Staff.
Participates in the Wirtz MFA Collaboration Class process as needed.

Assists the design and directing faculty in the mentorship of students through their process.
Manages the physical space as theatre manager of all lab theatres

Manages the booking, key management and maintenance of all lab theatres
In conjunction with Wirtz Staff, maintains the sound and lighting inventory and systems and the physical space.

Manages rental needs, faculty and class presentations and special events, including hiring of support staff as needed and supervising rentals as needed.

Prepares, manages and reports on budgeting for all lab theatre projects, including bill paying for these projects through NU Financials and in coordination with the Wirtz Financial Coordinator, provides documentation of Lab Theatre Projects for SoC donors.

Obtains rights for all Lab Theatre Productions in coordination with the Wirtz Managing Director

Communicates Project details to the Wirtz faculty and staff as needed and coordinates with the Wirtz Production Manager.

Assists the Wirtz Production Manager with projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

3 years working in theatre production, or BA in Theatre with an emphasis in technical theatre or theatre management.

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

This position requires the ability to multi-task, coordinate, plan, communicate, work with students and faculty and have a strong knowledge of lighting and sound with basic carpentry skills.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

Experience working in an educational environment in a theatre management position.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

The ability to multi-task, coordinate, plan, communicate, work with students and faculty and have a strong knowledge of lighting and sound with basic carpentry skills.  Experience working with students and creating and maintaining budgets is preferred.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Instructions to Apply:


Pay Range: Competitive