The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located on Stolp Island in the Fox River in the heart of the richly diverse community of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago), is seeking Production Assistants (PAs). ACCA is the parent organization, which also includes a 501(c)3 arm under the name of Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. It operates three performance venues: the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount Theatre, and the 165-seat Copley Theatre. ACCA produces and presents over 300 performances each year, including star-studded touring productions and a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250 communities. ACCA proudly operates the Paramount School of the Arts in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, right next door to Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora, and the company looks forward to producing a new, Bold Series of plays and musicals in the newly renovated Copley Theatre beginning in the 2021-2022 season. Paramount Theatre also hosts free community events, $1 Classic Movie Mondays and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. Across the street from Paramount Theatre are the gorgeous Meyer Ballrooms which play host to multiple wedding receptions and rental events throughout the year.The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformations by:- making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background,- introducing the magic of live theater across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world,-and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora's downtown.The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers, artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.
ACCA truly believes and lives by its mission statement and its commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.
DEPARTMENT – Stage Management (Production)
DIRECT REPORTING – This position reports to the Stage Manager and, when applicable, the Assistant Stage Manager
WORKS CLOSELY WITH – Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Production Mgmt, Directing Team, Cast
POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE –Hourly, seasonal (show-specific), non-exempt; 8-9 hour days (daytimes and evenings), six days a week with extended hours during tech. While a small number of conflicts are feasible, it is unlikely that this position will be compatible with other full-time employment.
COMPENSATION – $11.00/hour; perks include EMC credit, complimentary tickets, experience working with and learning from union stage managers, and networking opportunities in the Chicago theatre community
DURATION – Flexible start and end dates. Applicants are encouraged to express interest in multiple productions for which they are available, but applicants need not be available for all productions to express interest in one or more of the shows.
Kinky Boots: position has been filled
Cinderella: October 4, 2021 – November 18, 2021
Groundhog Day: December 20, 2021 – February 3, 2022
Rock of Ages: March 7, 2022 – April 21, 2022
Sweat: January 31, 2022- March 15, 2022
Hand to God: April 18, 2022- May 31, 2022
Fun Home: June 27, 2022- August 9, 2022
BULL: a love story: August 29, 2022- October 11, 2022
HIRE DATE – ongoing; see dates listed above
POSITION SUMMARY – PAs will work throughout the pre-production and rehearsal processes alongside an Equity Stage Manager and, when applicable, an Equity Assistant Stage Manager. Ideal candidates possess keen attention to detail, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a desire to refine and expand upon entry-level stage management skills.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES – Responsibilities include but are not limited to partnering with Equity Stage Managers on tasks such as taping out the rehearsal hall, preparing and copying paperwork, rehearsal hall set-up and clean-up, taking line notes, being on-book, managing “creature comforts” such as coffee/tea setup, and executing the set, strike and tracking of properties during the rehearsal process.In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
Some Stage Management experience (exposure to professional stage management is preferred, but related experience in community theatre and/or educational theatre is also valued)
Strong written and verbal communication as well as organizational and time management skills
Keen ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment
Due to frequent and necessary interaction with members of the general public, performers, fellow employees and other individuals, successful candidates for employment are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they begin work and will be required to provide proof of vaccination. “Fully vaccinated” as defined by the CDC means that at least 14 days have passed following receipt of the final dose of an FDA authorized Covid-19 vaccine.
TO APPLY – Please email a cover letter, resume, and TWO references to Yesenia Esparza (Associate Production Manager) at YeseniaE@paramountarts.com
with subject line: Production Assistant. Email submissions are preferred, but if you are unable to email materials, submissions can be mailed to Paramount Theatre, Yesenia Esparza, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Ste. 230, Aurora, IL 60506.ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.