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Associate Production Manager | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Associate Production Manager.

This position collaborates with the Director of Production to manage operations and administration of all production department activities. The Associate typically takes a lead Production Manager roll on 2-4 productions each season.

The Associate Production Manager supervises the Production Office Coordinator, 1700 Theatre Technical Coordinator, and supervises and mentors a Production Management Apprentice and three Stage Management Apprentices each season.

This position reports to the Director of Production and collaborates closely with a production management team including Company Manager, Production Office Coordinator, and apprentice.

This position works primarily 9-5 M-F with occasional evenings and weekends for technical rehearsals and special events.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills/traits:

  • Three or more years of professional experience in project/production management for the performing arts, events management, or similar field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, an eye for details and organization, and a strong aptitude for financial accounting
  • Experience drafting and negotiating contracts including familiarity with union agreements (USA, AEA, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse range of collaborators and creative processes and willingness to adapt standard practices to the needs of a given project or team
  • Managing multiple overlapping and on-going projects to high standards within time, human resource, and budgetary constraints
  • Knowledge of safety policies and procedures within a performing arts environment
  • Creative problem solving and a general curiosity/openness to continual learning and growth
  • Thriving in a collaborative team-based structure
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and calm demeanor under pressure
  • Commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status


  • Serve as Production Manager on 2-4 productions per season – shepherding the design process, aiding shops in value engineering, supporting rehearsal/tech process, running production meetings
  • Negotiate Designer/Consultant agreements
  • Assist in season planning and facilitate maintenance and communication of detailed schedules
  • Manage financial transactions for the production department, including overseeing processing invoices, executing designer/consultant payments and reimbursements, and reconciling all production-related budget lines.
  • Facilitate and participate in production department job searches
  • Mentor and facilitate career growth and training for apprentices and staff
  • Liaise with administrative departments to ensure communication with Production Staff and coordination of shared spaces/resources
  • Participate in long range planning, including the facilitation of a move into a newly constructed theater building (expected summer 2021)
  • Adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and play a leadership role in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Ensure that production work environments are inclusive and respectful for performers, designers, and staff
Contact Info:
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL