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.

Theater Wit seeks Production and Facilities Manager


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Theater Wit is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, we comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.

Job Description: The Production Manager is responsible for coordinating all production-specific activities with the producer and artistic team as well as overseeing building operations for renters.

PM Responsibilities

Overall, the PM is primarily responsible for the theater production's budget and allocation of resources. Production managers create timelines for work completion and schedule meetings with different production departments (e.g. technical, costume, set, and lighting design).

  • Tracks and enforces allocated budget and purchase approvals
  • Provides all expense financial reporting back to producer bi-weekly.
  • Sets up required crew and transport for load-in and strike
  • Coordinates bi-monthly production meetings
  • Facilitates communication between different production departments
  • Ensuring that health and safety requirements for the design and crew are strictly followed.
  • Schedules rehearsal space.
  • And, of course, dealing with all those unexpected problems that may arise.


Facilities responsibilities

  • Organizes work for facilities upkeep and maintenance.
  • Acts as a point person for technical requests from renters
  • Manages rental inventory
  • Checks in renters and verifies equipment return
  • Organizes team of 1-3 freelance electricians and board ops for incidental work and special events.
  • Responsible for creating upkeep and maintenance strategy into annual budgetary requests.


Salary: $34,500 annual. Two weeks vacation. Health care is not available with this position.

Schedule:

By and large, this is a flexible schedule, but does have fixed time commitments at certain points (Strikes, tech weeks for internal productions).  It is our intent to hire a single staff member for all three productions in the 2021/22 season. But consideration will be given to qualified applicants who are partially available for the below schedule.

Show #1

Pre-production starts July 1st

Load-in 8/23/21

Strike 12/19/21


Show #2

Pre-production starts July 30

Load-in 11/22/21

Strike 12/26/21


Show #3

Pre-Production starts December 15

Load-in 6/13/22

Strike 8/14/22

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!
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