Managing Producer

The Managing Producer will work closely with the Director of the STAGE Lab to guide and execute strategic planning in support of STAGE’s mission and vision. Candidates should have a broad knowledge of and expertise in theatrical producing/production management, and, most importantly, the ability and flexibility to imaginatively adapt that knowledge to STAGE’s unique and non-traditional work process and productions. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits.

Job Responsibilities: 
• Forge a productive working relationship and leadership team with the Director of STAGE 
• Build productive working relationships with STAGE and IME staff, as well as across the University and externally
• Design and implement creative ways to execute, enhance and grow the STAGE Lab’s non-traditional programming, scheduling and operations in a manner that supports the Lab’s unique vision and work process
• Provide a high level of administrative, operational and project management and execution, including Senior Production Management responsibilities, while fostering an environment that is productive, creative, innovative and optimistic 
• Research, identify, advise on and execute the best options for all aspects of STAGE endeavors, e.g., venues, key personnel, methods of hiring, equipment and vendors, and budgeting and contracts 
• Co-engineer the growth of STAGE and its profile in the public arena
• Maintain and create new internal and external relationships in support of the STAGE Lab
• Manage staff members 
• Additional responsibilities to be developed over time according to STAGE's needs

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Alignment with and commitment to the work process, philosophy and values of the STAGE Lab
  • A collaborative working relationship with the Lab’s Director and staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and management/supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Ability to remain attentive to details, organized and productive while handling multiple concurrent tasks, and during high demand periods
  • Ability to respond promptly, directly and effectively to internal and external inquiries and requests, while managing competing demands
  • Leadership ability and high degree of motivation as a self-starter and learner
  • Ability to work confidently and collegially with a broad range of personalities and professionals (scientists, artists, academics, staff, students, visitors, volunteers, etc.)
  • An interest in/appreciation for science and technology
  • Demonstrated technical theatre skills and an interest in a range of multimedia equipment
  • Ambition, stamina, and abundant flexibility and patience to work in a new and dynamic process with numerous unknowns
  • Willingness and ability to utilize extensive theatrical production and management processes in new ways: creatively, freely, unconventionally and imaginatively



  • Bachelor's degree required; degree in theatre or related field preferred
  • Graduate degree preferred



  • A minimum of 4 years of demonstrated organizational leadership experience and a clear understanding of a collaborative working relationship with an artistic leader and staff required
  • Professionals from other disciplines with extensive knowledge of theatre production will be considered, but experience in professional theatre is strongly preferred (Chicago area and/or LORT theatre preferred)
  • Understanding of university academic environment preferred
To Apply: 

See website for complete information about STAGE, additional job requirements and details, and to apply. Please note: The required resume/CV, cover letter and reference contact list must be uploaded under the "Resume/CV" section of the online application.

Online application can be found here:

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Mary Pat McCullough
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