Job Title: Associate Production Manager and Company Manager
Classification: Year-Round, Full Time, Benefits-Eligible, Overtime Exempt
Reports to: Director of Production
The Associate Production Manager and Company Manager works in tandem with the Director of Production to oversee the execution of all rehearsals, technical elements, and logistics for all main stage shows, workshops, and ancillary events produced by Court Theatre. The APM/CM serves as a nexus of communication for the creative team, the technical staff, front-of-house, facilities, Court Theatre’s administrative personnel, and the University of Chicago. They are an integral member of the Production Department team and play a key role in helping the support and execute the artistic vision by managing department logistics, hiring, financials, and guest artist travel. This is a fulltime, year-round exempt position with excellent benefits. While this position consists primarily of a 9-5 M-F work schedule, evening and weekend hours will sometimes be required.
- Serve as lead production manager on specific projects such as annual gala or local tours
- Lead production meetings in the Director of Production’s absence
- Attend all technical rehearsals and previews as necessary
- Supervise the Production Department Intern
- Work with Director of Production and other production department staff to recruit and manage overhire employees
- Manage all financial transactions for the production department, including processing overhire payroll, processing invoices, reconciling cash advances, purchase cards and reimbursements, and reconciling all production-related budget lines.
- Assist department with purchasing and establishing vendor relationships
- Coordinate with the General Manager regarding the new-hire process for all department overhire employees
- Manage Court’s vehicle maintenance and registration
- Serve as primary liaison with facility services for routine facility repairs in the theatre, rehearsal, and shop buildings
- Coordinate all travel, transportation, and housing needs for out-of-town guest artists, including managing travel-related budgets. Serve as primary liaison between guest artists regarding their hospitality needs. Maintain Court’s guest apartment.
- Host reception following first preview performances, order crew meals and handle other catering/hospitality needs.
- Serve as primary liaison with University of Chicago for all Worker’s Comp filings. Assist injured employees in making appointments for evaluation or medical care.
- Support the production department with other duties as assigned.
- A leader who sets a positive tone for the work environment and demonstrates a strong spirit of collaboration, creativity, and respect.
- Creative problem-solving skills and ability to research new techniques/materials/solutions.
- Works well both independently and as part of a team.
- Fine attention to detail and demonstrated commitment to quality.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to navigate shifting and competing priorities with patience and diplomacy.
- Forward-thinking team member who works to anticipate problems
- Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing.
- Strong skills of diplomacy and discretion
- Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative artistic environment.
- Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in production and/or arts administration
Education, Qualifications, and Certifications:
- Required: High school diploma or equivalent. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in theatre or related experience
- At least three years experience working in a technical or production capacity in professional theatre environment
- Experience managing projects and people
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Manual dexterity
- Able to lift, push, pull or otherwise maneuver up to 35lbs repeatedly
- Able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time
- Able to work in dusty or noisy environments
- Able to safely operate a motor vehicle
- Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends
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About Court Theatre
Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Serving as the Center for Classic Theatre, Court is a leading theater in Chicago and nationally, unique in that it engages deeply with lovers of theatre and classic texts, UChicago faculty and students, and South Side residents. A LORT-D company now in its 63rd year of operation, Court produces 5-6 main stage shows per year on an intimate, 250-seat thrust stage.
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