Goodman Theatre
Production Manager

A word from Scott Conn, Director of Production and Operations, Marissa Ford, Associate Managing Director and IDEAA Director, Tyler Jacobson, Production Manager for The Owen Theatre, and Amber Porter, Production Office Manager

*Please note: As we seek to immediately fill the Director of Production position, we will shift the timeline for currently posted Production Manager position to likely start in fall 2022.
In the meantime, we will continue to accept and review applications for the production manager position. 

Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Production Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Operations

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: (Negotiable) ASAP

SALARY RANGE: $65,000 - $75,000



Goodman Theatre offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance 

  • Paid vacation

  • Sick leave

  • 401k

  • Staff members receive complimentary tickets to previews and opening nights for all productions and receive half-price tickets after opening

  • All staff are also invited to join opening night parties!

  • In August 2020, the Goodman introduced the following Affinity Groups for all staff to participate: - BIPOC - Black Affinity Group/Space - Disability Affinity Group - Femme/Women Affinity Group - Jewish Affinity Group - Latinx Affinity Group - LGBTQIA Affinity Group - Parent Affinity Group

Position Summary

The Goodman Theatre seeks a Production Manager to be an integral part of the production management team. In collaboration with the Director of Production and Operations, this individual will work with directors, designers, and our experienced staff on an eight (8) show season, our annual production of A Christmas Carol, New Stages Festival, special events, and outside rentals.

Essential Duties

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Production and Operations, directors, designers, production department staff, and other departments to realize productions and events in the theaters while maintaining the artistic core values of Quality, Diversity and Community and production standards of the Goodman Theatre

  • Engage and participate in Goodman’s EDI training with EQ/AL and be committed to our Community Agreement and IDEAA Goals. For more information on Goodman’s commitment to a more just, equitable, anti-racist society, please check our website:

  • Facilitate timely communication, coordinate and lead meetings among directors, designers, and production department supervisors as designs are produced while assessing resources, staffing, and scheduling restraints

  • Develop schedules, labor and materials estimates for productions, events, and rentals

  • Manage and maintain production schedules and budgets in collaboration with department supervisors to ensure production goals will be achieved

  • Hire, onboard, and manage crew members and Stage Managers and act as main point of contact for their needs on the production

  • General oversight and interdepartmental coordination for all aspects of the production process including tech, load-ins and load-outs which will require night and weekend hours

  • Attend and participate in all technical rehearsals and attend previews to coordinate daily goals, set priorities, and ensure a safe, effective, and efficient process

  • Ensure a safe and supportive working environment in collaboration with production team and production department supervisors

  • Administrate the production department Health and Safety program including scheduling regular trainings, maintaining our SDS system, and responding to staff questions and concerns

Skills and Qualifications

Applicants should:

  • have three (3) years professional production management or comparable experience

  • be proficient in technical theatre practices

  • have effective communication skills

  • think creatively

  • be self-motivated

  • maintain a positive attitude

  • have a working knowledge of AutoCAD

  • have experience with IATSE, AEA, and/or USA agreements, if possible


About Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Chicago Loop since 1925, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement. The theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.


By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city. Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions.



Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who believe that a diversity of people, ideas and cultures in our organization enriches both the art on stage and our civic engagement. In our workplace, we strive to reflect the communities we serve, and make space in which each individual is empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. The Goodman values equity, diversity and inclusion and is committed to approaching our work through the practice of anti-racism. We acknowledge that underrepresented identities have not always been welcomed by the theater industry, but recognize that our individual intersectional identities bring vibrancy to our work and must be championed. The inclusion of difference(s) such as ability, age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and all other identities represented across staff, board, artists and audiences help make us better equipped to live these values—on stage and off.

As we at Goodman Theatre consider how we might contribute to the building of a more just, equitable and anti-racist American society, we must reckon with that which divides us. Systemic racism, societal prejudices and the entrenched inequalities of our legal system impact and affect everyone who enters our theater. To fully live our values, we must assess our own role in the lack of progress towards equity and justice; identify, disrupt and dismantle systems that no longer (or never served) us; and construct new processes and policies that advance our mission.

We must also continue to unpack our history as a predominantly white institution situated on stolen lands, and actively work to dismantle systems that have kept us so. Greater representation of people of color in every aspect of our organization—from the artists on stage and behind the scenes, to our boards and among our staff—will help enact new systems that enable a better future for all. To do this work and promote social justice, we will work to examine our own institutional processes and root out any signs of systemic racism. We must speak up when we encounter all of racism’s expressions—from the visible acts of cruelty and injustice to the less visible micro-aggressions and manifestations of implicit bias—and confront our own prejudices. We are committed to justice not as a word, but as a value we practice through our actions. We will continue to learn through this process and we will make mistakes; but we endeavor to be proactive, listen and course correct.

We at Goodman Theatre chart our future course through the following living document—our Action Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism and Access (IDEAA). As we move through this process, we invite, welcome and center Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and all marginalized and underrepresented voices in conversations in a way that does not ask them to educate their white colleagues. The IDEAA Action Plan is the result of a six-month collaborative effort involving individuals at every level of our organization—artists, staff, leadership and boards. Key to our process has been the Goodman Staff Committee, a body of representatives of departments theaterwide. The collective ideas, resources, diligence and dedication of the Goodman Staff coalesce as the foundation of our IDEAA Action Plan, which centers on the following four “cornerstone” areas of focus and goals:


Policy - We will work to revise and establish institutional policies in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment; break the traditional barriers of participation; and enact equitable practices for all who engage with our organization. Programming - We will review our artistic priorities—as demonstrated in the plays we produce, the artists we champion, the works we develop and Education and Engagement programs we offer—and ensure that BIPOC voices are centered in all creative endeavors going forward, both in new opportunities as well as in our ongoing/established efforts.


Communication - We are committed to creating new opportunities for partnership, mentorship and stewardship through revision of our internal and external communication processes. Along the way, we will work to establish a safe channel for honest dialogue with leadership.


Research and Assessment - We will invest in creating a more equitable American theater by examining our internal systems with industry professionals who will help us analyze, measure and track our goals with our action plan.



Covid Safety Policy

The Goodman requires all employees to provide proof of full vaccination and booster. New employees who are not fully vaccinated as of the date of hire are required to be fully vaccinated within 45 days of hire and provide twice-weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to being fully vaccinated. Goodman Theatre currently requires face coverings (i.e. disposable mask or cloth face covering) to be worn properly at all times in common spaces or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.


Goodman Theatre continues to consult on all COVID safety matters with Dr. David Hinkamp, MD, MPH who is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Preventative Medicine and is on the faculty of the School of Public Health and the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Hinkamp established the Chicago Blues Coalition’s health program and has been the Chair of the Arts-Medicine Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1991.


It’s important to note that this Plan and timeline are governed by medical consensus and mandates from federal, state and local authorities. Plans and timeline will adjust as external conditions evolve.