Oversees production-related concerns for over forty productions annually, including student, faculty, and guest artist productions. Develops and approves budgets for supplies, shows, and equipment purchases, and advises students on the same. Encourages a collaborative environment between students, faculty and staff in curricular, co-curricular, and professional settings.
Advises student organizations and individual students, including those entering the profession and post-graduate study, in the areas of production and stage management. Reigns and mentors all stage managers and production managers. Attends technical rehearsals and leads weekly workshops for stage and production managers.
Production manages selected TAPS-initiated and/or supported productions (e.g,, faculty driven projects, Chicago Performance Lab projects, graduate student projects such as SLIPAR and partner programs). In collaboration with the Managing Director, coordinates with directors and designers to create production budgets, draw up contracts, and hire technicians.
Oversees space usage for TAPS curricular and co-curricular programs in coordination with the Logan Center for the Arts.
Serves on relevant University boards and committees. Leads or attends production-related meetings and other duties as assigned.
Creates plans to develop all scenic, costume, lighting, sound, properties, and special effects elements. Monitors the production staff and other supervisors in order to keep track of upkeep of shop materials and inventory of tools, equipment and instruments.
Consults, advises, and assists faculty, students, staff and student organizations with all aspects of theater use.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree with a major in arts management or theater.
Three years professional production or stage management experience.
Five years of post-undergraduate job experience in the arts.
Demonstrated experience with light and sound boards.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
An understanding of Chicagoâ™s performance landscape.
Proficiency in Mac and PC environment.
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and QuickBooks as well as and online organizational tools.
Working knowledge of basic and advanced design considerations, including at least some familiarity with electrical theory and practice, construction of scenery and carpentry, lighting, rigging, safety, sewing, welding, carpentry and construction, sound systems, scenic painting, upholstery, special effects (e.g. pyrotechnics, stage elevators, moving scenery, etc.) and stage management.
Superior organizational and communication skills.
Thrive in both structured and unstructured work environments.
Work effectively both as part of a team and independently.
Prioritize competing demands.
Creative problem-solver, with a strong eye for details.
Strong flexibility, generosity and collaborative spirit.
Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment.
Attention to detail.
Handle confidential information with utmost discretion.
Production office environment.
Physical strength and coordination, including set up of tables and chairs, light hangs, and scenery lifting.
Sit at a computer for 2-4 hours.
Work in a university setting.
Work evenings and weekends when needed.
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