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Gianna Schuetz

Production Manager

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.

Salary range $75,000 - $85,000 annually


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 partnershipsProvides top-line project management of all physical and operational aspects of assigned projects and supports production activities on unassigned projectsAlong 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 TheaterEnsures that the resources and support available to production departments are clearly articulated and managed to achieve the artistic vision and high standards of the TheaterProvides 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 executionManages the maintenance and distribution of production calendars to all applicable CST constituents and to creative team membersModels and supports the mission and values of Chicago Shakespeare by:Coaching and developing reporting staff, and completing performance evaluations with a focus on employee growthFacilitating conflict resolution among employees as neededEnsuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and proceduresBuilding a team atmosphere and structure to encourage behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect and inclusionActively participates in fostering a work environment centering Chicago Shakespeare's core values of Service, Ingenuity and Collaboration; advances daily the Theaters IDEA Commitments; and upholds the organizations strong ethos of Fiscal ResponsibilityCultivates 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 protocolsCollaboratively manages Production related payroll issues, data entry, and activities with the Production Office Manager and other Production Department HeadsRuns and/or represents production leadership in department and design meetings, facilitating positive productivity and constructive communication, and fostering shared organizational commitmentsIn collaboration with the Director of Production and Director of Human Resources, manages and cultivates positive relations with collective bargaining partnersSupports 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.Other duties as required


With Director of Production, creates and maintains annual production budgets and projects operational expenses on an ongoing basisMaintains and approves team member timesheets and expense reports, PTO requests, and other personnel records


Ability to perform work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day. Ability to monitor tech rehearsals (typically sitting in theater seats while using a laptop) for extended periods of timeWearing safety equipment including items such as hardhat and safety glassesUse of manual dexterity in the operation of office equipment.


Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater, which includes evenings, weekends, and weeks in which over 40 hours are requiredPosition will primarily function at the CST facilities on Navy Pier in Chicago, IL but will at times work in other locations such as warehouses and city parksWorking in a variety of environments including but not limited to construction shops, stages, trap rooms, catwalks and grids, warehouses, exposed loading docks, and outdoorsWork environment may be noisy or in low lightJOB 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 departmentsProven experience in handling production and design processes on large scale productionsExperience, ability, and commitment to work with a diverse community of individuals and teamsDemonstrated 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 industryAbility to read and assimilate information from renderings and technical design drawingsAptitude in crafting and overseeing budgetsDemonstrated creative judgment, excellent problem-solving skills, and attention to detailExcellent time management skillsExcellent 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 requiredAdaptability to changing priorities, deadlines and the ability to manage numerous concurrent projectsAbility to read a script and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and designWorking knowledge of scenic and costume construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, lighting, sound, properties, and hair and makeupPREFERRED:

Ability to read and navigate CAD drawings of design and theater architectureValid drivers license and clean driving recordWorking knowledge of IATSE, USA, and AEA, collective bargaining agreements

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, Illinois