Associate Production Manager

Submitted by acauley on Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:40pm

Associate Production Manager

The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unique opportunity for artists and patrons alike to perform and enjoy intimate, boundary-pushing theatre. We produce an uncensored and non-juried festival which showcases 24 performing groups over 5 days in five non-traditional theatre spaces. All performers are selected by first come, first serve and lottery. We return 100% of our ticket sales to the artists. And we keep the tickets prices low to provide access to the arts to the widest audience possible.

Established in 2010, CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.

The Associate Production Manager is a year-round staff position that is responsible for Scheduling and managing the stage management program, training and on-site management. The APM will report to the Production Manager and work closely with the Technical Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Managing Director.



The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Function independently on projects as assigned by Production Manager
  • Provide production support for rehearsal, tech and performance periods as needed
  • Assist the Production Manager in the contracting additional staff as and when required
  • Assist the Production Manager in maintenance of the master Season Production Schedule
  • Maintain and distribute individual production information forms
  • Assist the Production Manager on day-to-day administrative tasks as and when required such as production budgeting and expense tracking
  • Manage and supervise the work of the Stage Management Team, to schedule working hours for all team members
  • Recruiting and delivering training sessions to stage management team
  • Record and monitor the hours worked by stage managers and interns
  • Collate and update show information, including prop sources, running plots etc., for archive purposes
  • Ensure the health and safety of the stage managers and to alert the senior management of any issues as they arise
  • Maintain stock of rehearsal/performance supplies and materials, i.e. scripts, spike
  • tape, flashlights, first aid supplies, etc.
  • Maintain a safe and clean rehearsal and office environment
  • On-site during venue load-in and strike at festival venues between August and September
  • Assist in general on-site management
  • Perform other related work as required



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have previous stage and administrative management experience.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, interns and the community.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of time management and organizational skills.
  • Organized and detail oriented, deadline driven mindset
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Calm under pressure and level headed in fast pace environment
  • Quick to problem solve and conflict resolution


Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week and more between early August through mid-September. Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.



Stipend and Lots of Hugs


To Apply:

Interested Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Amber Southall
Contact Email: