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Stage Management Apprentice- Goodman Theatre

JOB TITLE: Stage Management Apprentice

REPORTS TO: Production Manager & Head of Stage Management

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

HOURLY RATE: $18.75/hour

DURATION: 1/2/24 –7/8/24

LOCATION: 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601


Join the dynamic team of arts professionals at the Goodman Theatre! Chicago’s theater since 1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, 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. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production and program partner with national and international companies and Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters.

We at Goodman Theatre 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. 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—onstage and off. Learn more at


Goodman Theatre seeks a Stage Management Apprentice to be a member of our 23/24 season. The Apprentice will work with a variety of Stage Management teams in both the Albert and Owen Theatres and gain hands-on experience with pre-production, rehearsals, and technical rehearsals.

The ideal candidate holds a bachelor’s degree, has experience working at a professional theater company and has knowledge of industry practices. Excellent communication, organizational and multitasking skills are a must.

This is a seasonal, non-union staff position. As a part of Goodman Theatre’s apprentice program, we seek candidates from historically under-represented groups. While all candidates will be considered, candidates of color are encouraged to apply.


  • Prepare and update paperwork for each show.
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining the rehearsal spaces.
  • Facilitate with actors’ memorization by being on-book and distributing line notes.
  • Additional departmental maintenance as time allows.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, able to prioritize tasks and be very detail oriented, work collaboratively as a team member and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience in stage management practices and procedures.
  • Model behavior and values consistent with Goodman’s Community Agreements and furthering Goodman’s IDEAA (inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism and access) goals.


Goodman Theatre offers a benefits package including health, dental, and 401K with this position.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the 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.

The Goodman is an inclusive and accessible employer. Successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people and will demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion at the Goodman Theatre.


Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page. No phone calls, please.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago/Loop