Employment

Producer
Production Manager
Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Institutional Giving
Literary/Dramaturgy Apprentice


Producer

Join the dynamic team of arts professionals at the Goodman Theatre as a Producer. 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. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who 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—on stage and off. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Accountability

 

Overview of Position

The Producer is a member of Goodman Theatre’s artistic producing team and works closely with the Artistic Director and Managing Producer to engage with artists, support season programming, and shepherd the artistic process for productions, programs and special events.

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with Goodman Theatre’s Producing and Production Staff to oversee and support all productions while maintaining high artistic standards.
  • Serve as the artistic point person for each production; engaging and supporting each director in order to understand their vision and guide the institution’s resources to fulfill that vision.
  • Attending production milestones including, but not limited to: first read-throughs, technical rehearsals, previews, opening and closing performances.
  • Collaborating with literary staff to produce new play readings and workshops as needed.
  • Ongoing consultation with other departments to ensure production needs are being met.
  • Conceiving of, planning, and executing ancillary events as needed around each production.
  • Working with our Education and Community Engagement Department on special events and engagement efforts to maintain and grow our connection with the community.
  • Working with our Marketing Department to support video/content efforts that support each production.
  • Working with the Managing Producer to hire artistic staff on each production.
  • Facilitating department meetings
  • This position requires evening and weekend hours.
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    Qualifications & Attributions:

     
  • Producing experience in the commercial, educational or non-profit theatre
  • Theatre directing experience
  • Strong leadership, management and organization skills
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite/Office 365, primarily Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Degrees in theatre or related fields welcome, or demonstrable on the job experience in theatre or related fields
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    Position Details:

    Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary in the $60,000-$70,000 range and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, sick leave, and 401k.

    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.

     

    Application Process:

    Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by clicking here and selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page.  Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.

     

    Production Manager

    REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Operations
    START DATE: Negotiable

    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. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

    We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who 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—on stage and off. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Accountability

    The Goodman Theatre seeks a Production Manager to be an integral part of the production management team. This individual will work with directors, designers, and our experienced staff on an eight (8) show season, our annual production of A Christmas Carol, New Stages Festival, special events, and outside rentals. Applicants should have three (3) years professional production management or comparable experience, be proficient in technical theatre practices, have strong communication skills, be able to think creatively, be self-motivated, and maintain a positive attitude. A working knowledge of AutoCAD and experience with IATSE, AEA, and USA agreements are beneficial.

    Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work in collaboration with directors, designers, production department supervisors, and other departments to realize productions and events in the theatres while maintaining the artistic mission and standards of the Goodman Theatre
  • Facilitate timely communication and arrange necessary meetings among directors, designers, and production department supervisors as designs are produced while assessing resources, staffing, and scheduling restraints
  • Develop schedules, labor and materials estimates for productions, events, and rentals
  • Manage and maintain production schedules and budgets in collaboration with department supervisors to ensure production goals will be achieved
  • Hire and Onboard Crew and Stage Managers
  • General oversight and interdepartmental coordination for all aspects of the production process including tech, load-ins and load-outs which will require night and weekend hours
  • Attend and participate in all technical rehearsals and attend previews in order to coordinate daily goals, set priorities, and ensure a safe, effective and efficient process
  • Ensure a safe and supportive working environment in collaboration with production team and production department supervisors
  • Administrate the production department Health and Safety program including scheduling regular trainings, maintaining our SDS system, and responding to staff questions and concerns
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    Position Details

    Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary in the $60,000-$70,000 range and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, sick leave, and 401k.

    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.

     

    Application Process

    Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by clicking here and selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.

     

    Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Institutional Giving

    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. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

    We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who 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—on stage and off. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Accountability

    OVERVIEW OF POSITION

    The Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Institutional Giving reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Giving and Development Operations. Main responsibilities include: serving as a key member of the Development team and helping implement the overall fundraising plan for the department. This position interfaces with Goodman Trustees, executive leaders, corporate partners, donors and prospects in order to achieve strategic fundraising goals. They will oversee the Goodman Theatre Business Council, a dynamic group of Corporate business leaders who make mid-level gifts to support productions and programs. In addition to annual fundraising goals, this position will collaborate on fundraising strategy by identifying prospects, soliciting and securing essential support for key Goodman fundraising events and play a key role on Goodman partnership productions to pursue sponsorships in collaboration with our non-profit partners.

    This position is responsible for soliciting corporate gifts from a portfolio of 50-75 corporate donors and prospects. This position works closely with the Director of Development, Senior Director of Institutional Giving and Operations and members of the Development team to ensure that a diversified and growing pool of corporate prospects is being managed toward their maximum donor potential. This position requires close collaboration with artistic, education, marketing and communications teams to develop proposals, reports, fulfill corporate partner benefits and acknowledge major gifts.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

     
  • Cultivate and solicit corporate contributions (including program, production and event sponsorships)
  • Prepare operational plans and develop and implement strategies for corporate major gifts, annual support and sponsorships totaling between $850,000 and $1,000,000 annually.
  • Work in collaboration with marketing colleagues to create compelling sponsorship benefits and recognition packages and partnerships
  • Develop creative solicitation materials and initiate donor and prospect meetings.
  • Identify and research prospective donors for new programs and initiatives of the theater
  • Write persuasive sponsorship proposals to Corporate donors and prospects, collaborating with marketing, communications, education, and artistic staff to develop and coordinate new benefits that resonate with corporate partners.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Institutional Giving and Operations to integrate corporate proposals into the master grants and reports calendar.
  • Steward corporate donors by providing formal and informal stewardship reports and by initiating phone contact and meetings.
  • Serve as Liaison for the Goodman Business Council
  • Lead, grow and execute the corporate annual giving (Corporate Connections) campaign.
  • Leverage special events and other recognition/benefit opportunities in a targeted manner to engage and attract new donors. Work closely with Development Events staff on donor cultivation, recognition and stewardship opportunities for corporate donors.
  • Maintain accurate data and files for portfolio of corporate donors and prospects. Utilize Tessitura to track donor activity through the process of cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition. With the Institutional Giving team, track trends and patterns in donor attrition, renewals and upgrades.
  • Consistently monitor and develop a diversified and growing pool of institutional prospects (to support productions, education, new work, technology, IDEAA projects and new initiatives).
  • Collaborate with the Development team to create annual plans and benchmarks for Corporate, Foundation and Government area for fundraising, including strategies for achieving those benchmarks and evaluating progress.
  • Work with Goodman trustees to solicit and steward the corporations with which they are affiliated. Support trustees in their execution of corporate prospect cultivation and solicitation plans that will have been developed jointly.
  • Other duties as assigned.
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    QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTIONS

     
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated fundraising experience for a major non-profit with knowledge of the Chicago corporate community and a track record of working with corporate donors to secure gifts and steward relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek, secure and manage five and six-figure corporate sponsorships for a major non-profit.
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills; strong research and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, meet deadlines and set and manage priorities
  • Driven to lead cross-departmental teams seeking corporate underwriting for productions and programs
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the Goodman Theatre
  • Computer literacy, specifically, Microsoft Office Suite, Tessitura and web-based applications and databases
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    ADDITIONAL

    Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary in the $50,000-$60,000 range and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, sick leave, and 401K.

    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.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by clicking here and selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page.  Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.

     

    Literary/Dramaturgy Apprentice

    REPORTS TO: Resident Dramaturg and Literary and New Works Manager
    SALARY: $34,000

    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. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

    We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who 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—on stage and off. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Accountability

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Literary/Dramaturgy Apprenticeship is a full time, salaried, one-year position within the Goodman’s artistic department designed for an individual with a specific and demonstrated interest in a career in new play development and dramaturgy. The Apprentice will work with the Goodman’s Resident Dramaturg and Literary and New Works Manager on the Goodman’s new play development programming and full productions. They will also provide administrative support to the literary/dramaturgy staff.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

     
  • Provide administrative support for the literary department and new play development initiatives.
  • Participate in selection, curation, and administration of the Playwrights Unit, Future Labs, and New Stages Festival programming.
  • Function as a production assistant for developmental readings.
  • Function as a script assistant in rehearsals for full productions.
  • Read, evaluate, and respond to script submissions.
  • Plan and assist with audience engagement efforts (including post-show discussions and artist conversations).
  • Assist with dramaturgical research.
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    QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

     
  • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree in theatre or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Interest and experience in developing new plays.
  • Meaningful experience in at least one of the following areas: dramaturgy, playwriting, directing, producing, stage management, arts administration.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively.
  • Energy, focus, and ability to prioritize tasks in the bustling environment of a regional theater.
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    ADDITIONAL

    Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, and sick leave.

    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.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples. Acceptable writing samples include: essays pertaining to theater, script evaluations, theater reviews, dramaturgical program notes, or comparable work. Apply by clicking here and selecting the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page.  Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.