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18 Jan 2022

Temporary Stage Manager, Production

Chicago Humanities Festival – Posted by Humanities500 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Title:                     Stage Manager, Production
Reports to:           Manager, Production
Supervises:          n/a
Classification:      Contractor


The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. Collaborating with nearly 40 of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 100 events annually and partners with nearly 40 venues around Chicago annually, as well as stewards a vibrant online home for the humanities. CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of writers, scholars, performers, and visual artists in its programs and online.



CHF is seeking part-time seasonal Stage Managers for venues all over the Chicago area including, but not limited to: Evanston, Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Downtown Chicago. Stage managers work under the guidance of CHF’s full-time production staff and collaborate as a team with CHF’s seasonal AV technicians, house managers, box office managers, van crew, and the venue’s staff. Ideal candidates should be seasoned stage managers with experience working on both Macintosh and PC computers. Special events experience is a plus. Pay is competitive.



  • Event prep:
    • Participate in a paid training session (virtual, typically 2 hours).
    • Meet with CHF and venue staff for site visits to become familiar with your venue assignments (typically 1-2 paid hours of site visits per venue scheduled).
  • At events:
  • Keep programs to time; keep a close eye on set up time, event timeline, and load out times.
  • Review tech sheets and run of show documents provided by CHF staff.
  • Ensure presenter green rooms are ready for the guests, including catering arrival.
  • Professionally meet and greet presenters and performers and effectively respond to their requests. Review the run of show with presenters and ensure their needs are met during sound check with the AV staff.
  • Work with CHF house manager(s) to effectively coordinate front and back of house operations, including opening the house on time.
  • In collaboration with the CHF house manager, lead question & answer portion of the event between CHF audiences and presenters.
  • Coordinate the set-up and breakdown for all video and audio producers when required before and after programs and performances.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Experience working in live event stage management: festival, theater, music, or related fields.
  • Grace under pressure, flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving.
  • A professional demeanor, excellent communication skills, enjoys collaboration.
  • Comfortable speaking publicly and with high profile presenters.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends per our event schedule.


This is a part-time contractor position paid on a 1099 with day rates between $175 – $400 depending on span of day schedule. Additional hours for site visits included on contractor invoice at a rate of $25/hour.


COVID-19 Policies

As part of our commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace, CHF is requiring employees and contractors to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 within the first week of employment. If a vaccination is not possible, a request for a medical or religious exemption can be made with Human Resources.

All stage managers and AV technicians for our Spring festival will be provided with KN95 or KF94 masks and COVID-19 testing options and will be scheduled with an A and B (on call) team in the event of illness or emergency.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Festival is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and policies. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

How to Apply

To Apply Email the following materials to Claire Haupt, Production Manager at
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for 2-3 professional references
  • Cover letter/Letter of Interest (optional)
  • Portfolio, website, paperwork, supplemental materials, or compilation of links detailing event production work (optional, not required)
We’ll accept applications on a rolling basis, but we ask that applications for Spring ‘22 festival be submitted by Friday, February 18, 2022. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified via email.   Thank you! We look forward to reviewing your materials.   Email applications only to appropriate email inbox. No phone calls or personal emails please. The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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