Managing Director, Committee on Theater & Performance Studies, UChicago

Unit Summary:

The Committee on Theater and Performance Studies supports innovative work at the intersection of theory and practice across a broad spectrum of disciplines.  The University of Chicago’s undergraduate and graduate programs in TAPS stand out for the intellectual commitment they demand, the interdisciplinary perspective they require, and the extraordinary collaborative opportunities they provide with theater, dance, and performance companies in partnership with other UChicago Arts entities, in Chicago, across the country, and around the world. TAPS also supports student-driven theater & performance related activities by a broad range of co-curricular organizations (e.g., University Theater, The Dean’s Men, Off-Off Campus, Dance Council, Le Vorris & Vox and Comedia).


Job Summary:

Reporting to the Chair of Theater and Performance Studies and/or his or her designee, the Managing Director oversees all financial aspects of production operations, communications and marketing efforts, and works in partnership with colleagues as a key liaison to co-curricular theater & performance organizations. The Managing Director administers production budgets, artist contracts, and payroll; generates annual budgets; provides quarterly reports to the Chair; trains and mentors students; and supervises part-time student and professional theater management staff. Serves as primary liaison with the Logan Center for the Arts for marketing, communications and related initiatives. Advises faculty- and student-driven projects including those generated by a range of co-curricular organizations.


Responsibilities: (may perform all or a combination of the following):

30% Oversees day-to-day administrative and management operations with the Chair of TAPS. Coordinates purchasing (e.g, with TAPS Production Manager, Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, Properties Master, Lighting Supervisor and Sound Supervisor). Oversees and coordinates budgetary needs for facilities, including three performance spaces and 5+ rehearsal spaces used for TAPS-related activities (e.g., co-curricular, departmental and professional theater, dance, and circus productions).

25%  Manages TAPS finances related to student, professional, and faculty production work, including strategic planning, management of production related accounts, petty cash and student payroll. Generates budgets and quarterly reports. Helps ensure positive relations with vendors and prompt payment of bills and reimbursements.

25% Trains, mentors and advises student staff in professional areas such as marketing, audience development, arts administration and general administration. Advises current students and student organizations, including those entering the profession and post-graduate study. Encourages a collaborative environment between students, faculty and staff in curricular, co-curricular, and professional settings.

15%  Oversees marketing initiatives, calendars, website content and social media outlets for TAPS, which produces more than forty annual productions. Organizes and collaborates with co-curricular student groups, (e.g., University Theater, Dance Council, Le Vorris & Vox, Dean's Men, Off-Off Campus, Performing Arts Roundtable), faculty driven projects, Chicago Performance Lab projects, and partner projects on posters, programs, box office, social media, photography and videography for each production.  Works in partnership with the Logan Center and UChicago Arts Communications to raise the profile of TAPS related programs and activities.

5% Serves on relevant University boards and committees. Leads or attends finance and management related meetings, and other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications: 

Required Competencies:

●      Superior organizational and communication skills

●      Effective relationship-builder, able to represent the university both internally and externally

●      Ability to thrive in both structured and unstructured work environments

●      Works effectively both as part of a team and independently

●      Ability to prioritize competing demands during seasonally busy periods

●      Creative problem-solver, with a strong eye for details

●      Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed

●      Ability to work in a university environment

●      Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment

●      Attention to detail

●      Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion


Desirable Qualifications:

●      An understanding of Chicago’s performance landscape


Education, Experience, and Certifications:


●      Bachelor's degree required with significant coursework  in arts administration, finance, communications or related fields preferred.



●      Financial management and organizational skills are required

●      Five years of post-undergraduate job experience in the arts is preferred

●      Demonstrated arts management or stage management professional experience is preferred.


Technical Knowledge or Skills:

●      Proficiency in Mac and PC environment

●      Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, InDesign, FileMaker, Photoshop, and financial management software

●      online organizational tools

●      Proficiency in a broad variety of social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp)


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

●      Production Office environment

●      Ability to sit at a computer for 2-4 hours


Required Documents:

●      Cover letter enumerating your interest in this position

●      Résumé

●      List of three references with email and telephone contact information


NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

To Apply: 

To apply, visit the University of Chicago website.