Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Production Manager

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Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Production Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt


SALARY RANGE: $75,000 - $85,000


  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance options

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Paid leave time

    • 2 weeks vacation

    • 9 sick days

    • 3 personal days

  • Complimentary ticket package


Position Summary

The Production Manager plays a key role in the planning and organization of all CST productions and projects, the strategizing of design and fabrication processes, and the communications processes for all CST productions and departmental initiatives. The PM coordinates the run of show schedules and activities in all CST venues, and directly supervises all employees involved in the running of productions. The Production Manager works closely with the Director of Production to develop and implement department wide programs and initiatives including, but not limited to safety, IDEA, and employee development.

Essential Duties

  • In collaboration with the Director of Production, oversees the execution of all production requirements in support of the work across Chicago Shakespeare’s annual season--comprised of produced, co-produced, developed and presented productions and education/civic programs and creative partnerships

  • Provides top-line project management of all physical and operational aspects of assigned projects and supports production activities on unassigned projects

  • Along with Director of Production, leads, manages and supervises Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Department Heads and teams. The PM directly supervises all lighting, sound, and deck run of show crew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

  • Ensures that the resources and support available to production departments are clearly articulated and managed to achieve the artistic vision and high standards of the Theater

  • Provides clear communication to all members of the creative team establishing accurate understanding of resources available to them. Provides leadership throughout the life-cycle of assigned productions, making key decisions when consensus cannot be reached. In concert with appropriate stakeholders, problem solves technical issues which arise during the project execution

  • Manages the maintenance and distribution of production calendars to all applicable CST constituents and to creative team members

  • Models and supports the mission and values of Chicago Shakespeare by:

    • Coaching and developing reporting staff, and completing performance evaluations with a focus on employee growth

    • Facilitating conflict resolution among employees as needed

    • Ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures

    • Building a team atmosphere and structure to encourage behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect and inclusion

  • Actively participates in fostering a work environment centering Chicago Shakespeare’s core values of Service, Ingenuity and Collaboration; advances daily the Theater’s IDEA Commitments; and upholds the organization’s strong ethos of Fiscal Responsibility

  • Cultivates and promotes a safe working environment in which Chicago Shakespeare’s production employees operate in accordance with current health and safety regulations and best practices in theater safety. Ensures that all designs and operations for assigned projects adhere to Chicago Shakespeare Theater safety protocols

  • Collaboratively manages Production related payroll issues, data entry, and activities with the Production Office Manager and other Production Department Heads

  • Runs and/or represents production leadership in department and design meetings, facilitating positive productivity and constructive communication, and fostering shared organizational commitments

  • In collaboration with the Director of Production and Director of Human Resources, manages and cultivates positive relations with collective bargaining partners

  • Supports special events which occur both on and off stage and involve Chicago Shakespeare production staff such as community productions, events, fundraisers, audience development initiatives, readings, etc.

  • In collaboration with the Production Office Manager, oversees administrative systems such as expense tracking, payroll, expense reports, and reports of injury

Skills and Qualifications


  • Superior written and verbal communication skills (English primarily)

  • Prior experience in a senior management role of a theater production department

  • Strong ability to lead a team, delegate, and communicate effectively across multiple departments

  • Proven experience in handling production and design processes on large scale productions

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to work with a diverse community of individuals and teams

  • Demonstrated computer skills including G-Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel

  • Working knowledge of and willingness to promote current health and safety practices of the theater industry

  • Ability to read and assimilate information from renderings and technical design drawings

  • Aptitude in crafting and overseeing budgets

  • Demonstrated creative judgment, excellent problem-solving skills, and attention to detail

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times, cultivate a positive work environment, and maintain confidentiality as required

  • Adaptability to changing priorities, deadlines and the ability to manage numerous concurrent projects

  • Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and design

  • Working knowledge of scenic and costume construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, lighting, sound, properties, and hair and makeup



  • Ability to read and navigate CAD drawings of design and theater architecture

  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

  • Working knowledge of IATSE, USA, and AEA, collective bargaining agreements

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A Regional Tony Award recipient, Chicago Shakespeare Theater produces a bold and innovative year-round season—featuring plays, musicals, world premieres, family productions, and theatrical presentations from around the globe—alongside education programming for students, teachers, and lifelong learners, and creative community engagement with artists and neighbors across the city.

Founded in 1986, the Theater has evolved and expanded to present as many as twenty productions and 650 performances annually and has been honored with numerous national and international awards. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work and has toured its own productions to five continents. Dedicated to welcoming the next generation of theatergoers, one in four audience members is under the age of eighteen.


Recognized as a national leader by First Lady Michelle Obama in a 2014 White House ceremony, the Theater’s arts-in-literacy programs support the work in classrooms across the region by bringing words to life onstage for tens of thousands of students each year and through a variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers. The Theater’s free Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program celebrates its tenth anniversary in Summer 2021 in partnership with neighborhood organizations across the city.

As a nonprofit organization, Chicago Shakespeare is committed to approaching its work onstage and in the community with the values of service, ingenuity, and collaboration. The Theater strives to engage today’s artists and audiences in active and critical conversations with the work of its namesake playwright, William Shakespeare.

Located on Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare’s campus features the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, and the Thoma Theater Upstairs. Onstage, in classrooms and neighborhoods across the city, and in venues around the world, Chicago Shakespeare is a multifaceted cultural hub—inviting audiences, artists, and community members to share powerful stories that connect us.


Bold in our commitment to enrich the global theatrical landscape, Chicago Shakespeare creates and advances art to reveal the diversity, power, and mystery of the human experience. With an adventurous and enterprising spirit, we explore, at the highest artistic level, the works of William Shakespeare and other leading artists as well as nurture the work of emerging theater-makers—engaging audiences and artists in a dynamic, life-long relationship that bridges countries, cultures and generations.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

IDEA TO ACTION: INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY Progress becomes possible when ideas transform to action. At Chicago Shakespeare Theater, we are dedicating ourselves toward positive change to help build a stronger, more resilient tomorrow.


We believe in the vital importance of the work needed to advance the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) throughout our organization, our programming, and our audience experience. To realize our goals, we have identified six areas of focus—Inclusive Artmaking, Education and Creative Community Engagement, Audience Engagement and Communications, Recruitment and Hiring, Diverse and Equitable Leadership, and Institutional Culture and Professional Development—each with corresponding actionable objectives. Guided by our mission and core values, this framework has been informed by thoughtful, collaborative processes at every level of the organization. Reflecting our commitment to transparency and openness, this platform is designed to be a dynamic and evolving resource where we will share our process and progress.


For a comprehensive review of our action steps and our process, please see

Covid Safety Policy

As we come together in-person at the Theater, our first priority remains the health and wellness of audiences, artists, theater staff, and the communities we serve. Audience members must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test (at-home tests not accepted), along with a current photo ID, and wear a mask at all times.


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