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Dan Thomas

Design Associate

About Porchlight Music Theatre

A nonprofit professional company with an annual budget of $2.5 million, Porchlight Music Theatre is Chicago’s award-winning home for music theatre, celebrating the past, present and future of this unique American art form for the last 27 years. In residence at the historic, intimate Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Porchlight completed the best-attended and highest-grossing season in its history just prior to the pandemic. Porchlight delights more than 30,000 patrons each season with a three- to four-show Mainstage season of inventively reimagined classics, recent Broadway hits and new musical finds; a Porchlight Revisits series of rarely seen musicals in limited run with enhanced dramaturgy; a New Faces Sing Broadway cabaret series; and a free Broadway in your Backyard neighborhood-park concert series, in addition to educational programs for students of all ages through classes and camps, Chicago Public Schools and community partnerships.

About the Position

Porchlight Music Theatre seeks a creative and energetic full-time Design Associate to join our fast-paced Marketing team, providing graphic design, photography, video and tactical marketing support to artistic, development, education and other activities of the theatre. This position reports to the Marketing & Communications Director and works closely with the Marketing Associate and internal departments to strategize, develop, coordinate and execute marketing/communications efforts and materials.


  • Provide graphic design for the organization’s activities including artistic/performance programs, development/fundraising and education programs
  • Work with Marketing & Communications Director to manage and advance the Porchlight brand
  • Manage production of the annual season brochure and related promotions
    • Secure competitively priced printer and mailing house, etc.
    • Coordinate all materials for design (photos, photo approvals, logos, copy, etc), writing copy as needed and managing rounds of edits
    • Coordinate internal and external mailing lists
    • Oversee mailing of brochure and other distribution efforts
  • Coordinate production and execution of digital and printed promotional materials (individual program promotions, invitations, advertisements, signage, etc.)
  • Manage PMT website, ensuring updated information
  • Provide backup photography and videography/editing

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Minimum one year graphic design experience
  • Proficient with the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects and Illustrator; comfort using Wordpress, MailChimp and/or Patron Manager are a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and ability to report on the analytical data for, but not limited to, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and comfortable working independently and as part of a team
  • Track record of meeting deadlines, prioritizing projects and multi-tasking
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, educational, ability and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as performances or events require
  • Local to the Chicago area. Porchlight has a hybrid work structure but the nature of this position and the industry requires some in-person work and events.


  • $37,000 annually, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: optional individual health insurance with 80% employer contribution; optional dental/vision coverage; generous paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays; flexible hybrid work schedule

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and design samples via email to Full job description posted at No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago