Thanks for your interest in working with Theater Wit

For play submissions, we currently accept
  • Unsolicited work from any playwright currently living in Chicago or its immediate environs
  • Agent submissions (no more than 2/agent at a time).  Please contact the AD before submitting
  • Blind submissions if you aren't one of the above (representative pages). We have no dedicated staff and so cannot guarantee to read unsolicited work from non-Chicago playwrights.
For all other positions, please review any job-specific and submission requirements on the submission detail.

We are currently accepting resumes and letters of interest for our production/design teams for our 2017/18 season

At this point, we are accepting resumes for all shows for Scenic, Lighting, Costume, Properties, Sound, and Projection Designers. 

We are also accepting AEA applications for Stage Managers. 

This Way Outta Santaland
Director: Jeremy Wechsler
Rehearsals start November 14, 2017
Load-in/Tech November 20, 2017
Opening November 24, 2017
Strike December 31, 2017

The Antelope Play
by Eric John Meyer
Director: Jeremy Wechsler
Rehearsals start December 19, 2018.
Load-in December 18, 2018
Tech January 1 though January 14, 2018
Opening January 15, 2018
Close Date February 25, 2018

Women Laughing Alone with Salad
by Sheila Callaghan
Director: Devon de Mayo
Rehearsals begin February 20, 2018
Load-in February 26, 2018
Tech March 5 through March 18, 2018
Opening March March 19, 2018

Job Description: The Development Director is a full-time position responsible for overseeing and implementing all key fundraising and outreach activities at Theater Wit, from individual giving to maintaining institutional relationships.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Key strategist for fundraising programs
  • Set key expectations for budgetary planning purposes
  • Individual donor engagement.
  • Ongoing direct mail and email solicitations (3-5/year)
  • Coordinating Year-end Campaign.
  • Authoring grant proposals along with the artistic director.
  • Prospective Donor and institutional campaign research.
  • Annual foundation reporting.
  • Collaboration with AD on major gift donor outreach
  • Write and edit Theater Wit's annual report.
  • Coordinating donor and outreach events (first read-thrus, salons, annual bbq)
  • Works directly with board to set and realize annual giving goals
Ideal candidate will have the following requirements:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A genuine love of theatre
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong computer skills including Excel-or-equivalent (Salesforce a plus but not required)
  • 2-3 years experience in not-for-profit fundraising and development work, with experience in Chicago a plus.
Salary: mid-40s, commensurate with experience

Job Description: Grant Coordinator is a part-time position responsible for growing both institutional funding and audience engagement strategies.  This is a part-time position with different seasonal responsibilities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Writing and assisting with direct mail email solicitations
  • Assists Year-end Campaign.
  • Authoring grant proposals along with the artistic director.
  • Annual foundation-requested financial reporting.
  • Edit Theater Wit's annual report.
  • Coordinating outreach events (first read-thrus, salons, annual bbq)
  • Design and implement individual audience engagement initiatives
  • Budgetary management of outreach events and reporting on same
Ideal candidate will have the following requirements:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A genuine love of theatre
  • 2-3 years experience in writing, with experience in the not-for-profit fundraising industry a plus.
Salary: monthly stipend, commensurate with experience

Thank you for sharing your work with us.  Because we have such a small reading staff, I would ask you to submit a sample of your work electronically. 

You'll need the following:
  • Production history (including significant workshops)
  • Short plot synopsis
  • Character Breakdown
  • 20 sample pages (or the whole script, in which case we'll read the front!)

This page is for invited agent submissions on behalf of your writers only, please :)

Thanks for your interest in submitting your work to Theater Wit.  We only accept electronic submissions (pdf, final draft or rtf) so we can carry them around on iPads, which is the only way we can manage the backlog.  Also, on the subject of backlog, there is no dedicated dramaturgical staff here, so the delay time is currently at least 6 months, for which we apologize in advance.  A few notes:
  • This page is only for playwrights based in Chicago.  If you are an out-of-town writer, please contact Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler (jeremy at theaterwit dot org) with a query letter.
  • We can only accept one work at a time from you. Pick the one you feel is the best match for Theater Wit. Multiple submissions are therefore ignored. Please don't send us your catalog :)
  • We do not accept works that have already received a full production in the Chicagoland area.  Second productions from out-of-town theaters are a-ok.
If after all those caveats, you're still interested, feel free to submit a copy of your work right here!