Performing Arts Production Director

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

About the Unit
The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988. One of the IME's six major research themes is the ‘Arts, Sciences and Technology'. At the helm of this theme is STAGE: Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration. STAGE is a laboratory for creating and developing multimedia theatre pieces inspired by science and technology. The Lab strives to create emotionally engaging stories driven by scientific ideas and themes, and uses technology to help tell these stories in a more meaningful way. The creative process is a highly collaborative one involving professional artists, distinguished scientists and talented students from all disciplines. Enthusiasm for working in an iterative and open-ended creative environment is essential, as STAGE does not follow a standard theatrical process, structure or seasonal schedule.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Managing Director will work closely with and report to 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.


  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

  • 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

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • 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

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact List

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

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

Posting Date

Remove from Posting On or Before

Posting Statement:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

Full time

About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

To learn more about the university click here





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
Work Type: