Opportunities at Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight is Chicago’s center for music theatre thanks to the work of our dedicated and talented staff and artists. If you have skills and experience that would be an asset to our team, we’d love to meet you!

Porchlight Music Theatre is a professional, nonprofit Chicago theatre with an annual budget of about $2.5million. We are part of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, operating on a CAT II contract, as well as the Chicago Federation of Musicians.

Celebrating the past, present and future of this unique American art form for more than 25 years, Porchlight is in residence at the historic, intimate Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago’s Gold Coast, and completed the best-attended and highest-grossing season in its history just prior to the pandemic.

Porchlight delights more than 30,000 patrons each season with a three- to four-show Mainstage season of inventively reimagined classics, recent Broadway hits and new musical finds; a Porchlight Revisits series of rarely seen musicals in limited run with enhanced dramaturgy; a New Faces Sing Broadway cabaret series; and a free Broadway in your Backyard neighborhood-park concert series, in addition to educational programs for students of all ages through classes and camps, Chicago Public Schools and community partnerships. 

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Porchlight Music Theatre!

Porchlight Music Theatre is seeking non-union submissions for our upcoming production of PORCHLIGHT REVISITS I AM A CAMERA.

SEEKING

Open to all ethnicities, genders and ability (18+). Seeking Chicago local hires only, We encourage Trans and Gender Non-Conforming performers to submit for any roles they are interested in; genders listed are those of the character, not the performer.

Artistic Staff:

Nate Cohen, Director

Michael Weber, Artistic Director

Frankie Leo Bennett, Producing Artistic Associate

Rehearsals: Porchlight Studios, 4200 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL

Tech/Performances: Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

Pay: 

$550 rehearsal stipend + $45 per performance

Character Breakdown/Description:

Christopher Isherwood (M, 20s-30s) – A young Englishman living in Berlin. More interested in being seen as a writer than in the act of writing, more interested in observing life as it moves past him than in living it. He’s closer to what he wants in life than he realizes, but will likely never take the steps necessary to achieve it. Teaches English as a side hustle. His relationship with Sally is the core of the play. He is the lens we see the events of the play through.

Sally Bowles (F, 20s-30s) – A lounge singer of middling talent but extraordinary gravity. She hides her fear and vulnerability behind an uncanny ability to transform into what she thinks the people around her want her to be, sliding in and out of people’s orbits when she tires of what they can offer her. She’s not quite on the run, but it certainly seems like she is running from something. Her relationship with Christopher is at the core of the play.

Fraulein Schneider (F, 40s-60s) – a matronly German woman. She is kind and neighborly (if also a bit crass at times), but as the political landscape shifts around the characters her fears about the world around her begin to transform into prejudices.

Natalia Landauer (F, 20s-30s) – a young German Jewish woman. The daughter of a wealthy merchant family, she is caught between pride in her family and their heritage and the rising dangers of ascendant Naziism. She is clever and observant, if also a bit naive. She is learning English from Christopher.

Fritz Wendel – (M, 20s-30s) a young German Jewish man. Has been hiding his Jewish heritage in order to try and stay out of the increasing polarization of the country. He is forced to confront the consequences of that choice when he begins to fall in love with Natalia.

Clive Mortimer (M, 30s-50s) – A big, loud, bombastic, filthy-rich American. The kind of rich where small things like new cars and spontaneous vacations don’t even register in his check-book. Always in it for the fun, never in it for the long-haul. He becomes entranced with Sally, and seemingly offers her and Christopher a lifeline out of the day-to-day grind they are navigating, but proves to be flaky and unreliable.

Mrs. Watson-Courtneidge (F, 40s-60s) – English, Sally’s much put upon but ultimately caring Mother. The definition of a helicopter parent, but also perhaps concerned with good cause. Not necessarily more concerned with appearances than realities, but sees appearances as deeply important data about what’s going on underneath.

Preparation:

Please prepare:

Two contrasting monologues, in the style of the show, each no longer than one (1) minute.

Time Commitment

Production Dates:

1st Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Opening: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Closing: Thursday, February 9, 2023

NOTE: Times and days are subject to change.

Weekdays: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Weekends: Either 10am – 3pm or 12pm – 5pm

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

VIDEO SUBMISSION DUE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th at 6pm

VIDEOS: Please submit one (1) video file containing the submission as either a direct YouTube or Vimeo link, or method *not* requiring the video to be downloaded for viewing.

HEADSHOT/RESUME: Please submit together as one PDF file named LastName_FirstName. (ex. Smith_Jane.pdf). TO SUBMIT: Please send one (1) email to auditions@porchlightmusictheatre.org with your full name in the subject line, your one (1) video link in the body of the email and attach your one (1) PDF with your headshot & resume.

If you experience technical difficulties formatting your submission as requested, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you to find an alternative solution. Email only; no phone calls, please.


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Job Postings

 


PRODUCTION

Cabaret Production Manager (contract)

Porchlight Music Theatre seeks a Production Manager for our Mainstage production of Cabaret. This position assures the successful physical delivery of Cabaret at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Reporting to the Artistic Director, this individual is responsible for the planning and coordination of the production, including participating in production staff hiring. This is a contracted position that begins immediately, and concludes at the end of March 2023. Candidates must be available for the run of the show.

(CONSIDERING LOCAL CHICAGO-AREA RESIDENTS ONLY)

Overall Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Artistic Director and Producing Artistic Associate, develop production calendars and design deadlines for Cabaret
  • Oversee hiring, contracting, and management of all production staff and contractors (yet to be hired) including, but not limited to: designers, part time technical staff, electricians, carpenters, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, run crew, artistic consultants and any additional personnel required for specific production needs. 
  • Participate in managing production budget, track expenses throughout the run, and reconcile with Finance department upon close.
  • Oversee HR documentation for all production personnel, including but not limited to contract preparation, timesheet processing and any production-related Workers’ Compensation claims. 
  • Submit weekly production personnel payroll and timesheets to Finance department.
  • Maintain department contact information and production rosters.
  • Schedule and execute production meetings and communication as necessary.
  • Manage director/design teams through the design process to guarantee the timely completion of all designs and the feasibility of execution within the allotted budget of time, money and personnel available. 
  • Manage the logistics of planning, organization and scheduling for load-in, tech, run and strike for the stage.
  • Manage the construction and installation of all physical elements of the production. 
  • Coordinate with stage manager for transportation (via rented van and/or Porchlight staff vehicles) from rehearsal space to theater of any items that require assistance. Be available to return any rented props/costumes if required.
  • Oversee insurance compliance with all union and safety rules.
  • Manage the reconciliation of all budgets and expenditures with designers in a timely fashion, no later than two weeks after closing.
  • Attend pre-first rehearsal production meetings, first AEA rehearsal/designer presentation and designer run(s). As needed, attend previews and post-preview performance production meetings.
  • Be present during tech rehearsal(s), providing technical trouble-shooting and support as needed. Be reasonably available as needed during performance run, providing technical trouble-shooting and support as needed.  
  • As necessary, support Technical Staff(s) with on-site hands-on assistance and production management. 

Important Dates:

  • Scenic Build begins: Monday, December 5, 2022
  • First Rehearsal: Monday, December 12, 2022
  • Designer Run: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 8 PM
  • Load-in: Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Tech: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 2 PM to 10 PM and Wednesday, January 11, 2023 through Friday, January 13, 2023 from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • First Preview: Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 3:30 PM
  • Opening: Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Closing: Sunday, March 19, 2023

Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years’ experience of production in live professional theatre. Knowledge of all areas of technical theatre needed; experience as crew member and supervisor a plus. 
  • Proven leadership and production management experience; diplomacy and calmness under stress, and excellent communication and organizational skills are required. 
  • Must be able to handle numerous tasks at the same time and coordinate all aspects of production. 
  • Ability to work a mixture of business hours, nights and weekends as dictated by the production schedule.
  • An advanced understanding of budgeting and scheduling is mandatory, as well as proficiency in Excel. 
  • Previous supervision and oversight of in-house Scene Shop is desirable. 
  • Must be able to physically access all technical spaces in the theater. 
  • Valid driver’s license required. 
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, educational, ability and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities.
  • Local to the Chicago area.
  • Candidates for this position are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by the time of their start of employment.

Compensation:

  • $5,000
  • This is a contracted position, October 2022 – March 2023.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume via email to employment-intern@porchlightmusictheatre.org. Please note that Porchlight is simultaneously seeking a full-time Production Manager, in addition to this contracted position. No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.


PRODUCTION

Full-Time Production Manager

Porchlight Music Theatre seeks a full-time Production Manager to assure the successful physical delivery of all Porchlight Music Theatre productions. Reporting to the Artistic Director, this individual is responsible for the planning and coordination of all Porchlight productions and events, including participating in production budgeting and production staff hiring.

(CONSIDERING LOCAL CHICAGO-AREA RESIDENTS ONLY)

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Provide production supervision for three Mainstage productions, Porchlight Revisits productions, New Faces Sing Broadway revues, and Broadway in your Backyard concert series, as well as the annual Season Preview Party, Holiday Party, Chicago Sings concert, ICONS Gala and other ancillary activities.
  • In collaboration with Artistic Director and Producing Artistic Associate, develop initial season schedule, production calendars and design deadlines for each production and expanded programming/events. 
  • Oversee hiring, contracting, and management of all production staff and contractors including, but not limited to: designers, part time technical staff, electricians, carpenters, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, run crew, artistic consultants and any additional personnel required for specific production needs. 
  • Participate in developing and managing seasonal production budgets, track expenses throughout the season, and reconcile each production with Finance department.
  • Oversee HR documentation for all production personnel, including but not limited to contract preparation, production handbook, timesheet processing and any production-related Workers’ Compensation claims. 
  • Submit weekly production personnel payroll and timesheets to Finance department.
  • Maintain department contact information and production rosters.
  • Oversee the upkeep, maintenance and cleaning of Porchlight’s scene shop.
  • Oversee and assist in maintaining all Porchlight owned production equipment. Source and acquire new production equipment as needed. 

For Mainstage and Revisits Productions at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts:

  • Develop and administer build, load-in, tech and strike schedules for the stage. 
  • Schedule and execute production meetings and communication as necessary.
  • Manage director/design teams through the design process to guarantee the timely completion of all designs and the feasibility of execution within the allotted budget of time, money and personnel available. 
  • Manage the logistics of planning, organization and scheduling for load in, tech, run and load out of each production.  
  • Manage the construction and installation of all physical elements of productions. 
  • Coordinate with stage manager for transportation (via rented van and/or Porchlight staff vehicles) from rehearsal space to theater of any items that require assistance. Be available to return any rented props/costumes if required.
  • Oversee insurance compliance with all union and safety rules.
  • Manage the reconciliation of all budgets and expenditures with designers in a timely fashion, no later than two weeks after each closing.
  • Attend pre-first rehearsal production meetings, first AEA rehearsal/designer presentation and designer run(s). As needed, attend technical rehearsals, previews and post-preview performance production meetings.
  • Be present during tech rehearsal(s), providing technical trouble-shooting and support as needed. Be reasonably available as needed during performance run, providing technical trouble-shooting and support as needed.  
  • As necessary, support Technical Staff(s) with on-site hands-on assistance and production management. 
  • Revisits Only: Coordinate with Artistic Director for placement of projection screen(s) and projector(s) to be functioning in time for the start of each tech rehearsal and performances.
  • Revisits Only: Be available to advise/assist Porchlight Revisits production/artistic staff to assure a smooth coexistence and execution of the production within the Mainstage production in the space.

For New Faces Sing Broadway, Broadway in Your Backyard, ICONS Gala, Chicago Sings and other special events:

  • Coordinate and execute all production needs for artistic programming at other venues.
  • Secure rental of venue(s) as needed and communicate/coordinate with venue any technical needs required for execution of production as required. 
  • Review and approve production/technical portions of venue contracts.

Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years’ experience of production in live professional theatre. Knowledge of all areas of technical theatre needed; experience as crew member and supervisor a plus. 
  • Proven leadership and production management experience; diplomacy and calmness under stress, and excellent communication and organizational skills are required. 
  • Must be able to handle numerous tasks at the same time and coordinate all aspects of production. 
  • Ability to work a mixture of business hours, nights and weekends as dictated by the production schedule.
  • An advanced understanding of budgeting and scheduling is mandatory, as well as proficiency in Excel. 
  • Previous supervision and oversight of in-house Scene Shop is desirable. 
  • Must be able to physically access all technical spaces in the theater. 
  • Valid driver’s license required. 
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, educational, ability and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities.
  • Local to the Chicago area.
  • Candidates for this position are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by the time of their start of employment.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • $48,000 annually, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: Optional individual PPO health insurance with at least 80% employer contribution; optional dental/vision coverage; generous paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays 

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume via email to employment-intern@porchlightmusictheatre.org. No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.


AUDIENCE SERVICES

Front of House Team Member

Porchlight Music Theatre seeks motivated individuals to join our Front of House team as the company enters its 28th season. Front of House team members are cross-trained in the areas of House Management, Box Office and Concessions. These part-time, hourly, seasonal positions begin in mid-September and end in early June. Front of House shifts include daytime weekly hours in the office, with evening and weekend availability required during productions. This position reports to the Audience Services Director and works out of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. 

Responsibilities: 

  • House Management/Assistant House Management
    • Provide the highest level of customer service to patrons of all ages and abilities 
    • Supervise and assist volunteer ushers from The Saints Program 
    • Set up ticket scanners, signage, and other house materials 
    • Work collaboratively with Stage Manager, House Manager, Audience Services Director and/or Box Office Manager to coordinate front and back of house operations, including during production load-in and strike
    • Assist with overall maintenance of the space during production, in collaboration with Audience Services Director
    • Oversee accessible seating
    • Complete post-program reporting and evaluation
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Box Office
    • Process ticket orders by taking phone calls and assisting walk-up patrons, both with single ticket and subscription orders
    • Processing cash and credit card transactions
    • Carefully maintaining all patron records in Porchlight’s ticketing software, PatronManager 
    • Provide excellent customer service over the phone, in person, and via e-mail
    • Fulfill requests for accessible accomodations
    • Expand our subscription program by informing patrons about different packages, programming options, and the benefits of subscribing, as well as expanding and upselling other series to existing subscribers and single ticket buyers
    • Cash reconciliation from in-person sales
    • Complete post-program reporting and evaluation
    • Other duties as assigned 
  • Concessions
    • Set up and tear down of concessions pre- and post-performance, including lobby furniture (which includes shelving and tables), food items, drinks, and other necessary equipment. Applicants must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
    • Cash reconciliation from daily sales 
    • Interact with patrons and talk to them about Porchlight, our programming, and our productions in a way that is engaging and will entice them to continue to attend future Porchlight productions
    • Keep stock of supplies and notify the Audience Services Director if supplies are needed
    • Complete post-production reporting and evaluation 
    • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Previous customer service experience, computer proficiency and general office skills are required
  • Previous experience working in a theatre is a plus
  • Ticketing system and/or PatronManager experience is a plus
  • Punctuality and professionalism is a must
  • Must be able to consistently work 15-20 hours a week from October to June, including at least one weekend shift each week Porchlight is in production
  • Must have availability for evenings and weekends during production times; Porchlight is typically in production October-December, January-March, and April-June
  • Must have a positive, respectful and patient approach 
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Experience delivering and receiving feedback 
  • Excellent phone skills with a friendly and supportive personality (both on the phone and off)
  • Upbeat disposition and a love of the arts, especially musicals 
  • Strong sense of ethics and doing what is right for the patron

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Hourly, starting at $15.40/hour
  • Eligible for paid sick leave following 180 days of employment
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Complimentary tickets to Porchlight Music Theatre’s Mainstage and Revisits productions

Due to the public-facing nature of this position, Porchlight is unable to provide reasonable accommodations for unvaccinated individuals, thus candidates for this position are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by the time of their start of employment.

Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to employment-intern@porchlightmusictheatre.org. No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.


EDUCATION

Teaching Artist

Porchlight is hiring Teaching Artists for all youth programs – specifically for in-school residencies and after-school programs. 

$25-35/hour plus paid prep time and travel stipend per class.

If you are interested (or know anyone who may be interested) in this role, send an email with your resume attached to our Education Director, Rebeccah Singer, at rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org!

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Education Director and teaching team to plan, prepare, and execute classes upon agreed schedule 
  • Attend teachers’ meeting prior to the start of the teaching session and agreed upon number of continuing training and professional development sessions 
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class and be ready to receive students at class time 
  • Not miss more than two classes per session 
  • Communicate the need for a sub as soon as possible to Education Director 
  • Participate in self evaluation and provide feedback on teaching team and class experience
  • Restore the classroom space after class each day 
  • Communicate the need for all printing and supplies as soon as possible, or purchase and submit reimbursement
  • Adhere to all deadlines for class communications including newsletters and programs 

How to Apply:

Please send your resume + cover letter to Education Director, Rebeccah Singer, at rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre – especially residents of Chicago’s south and west side and Spanish speaking teaching artists – are strongly encouraged to apply.


INTERNSHIPS

Join the Team. Be a Porchlight Intern.

Porchlight Music Theatre’s Internship program is an opportunity for qualified college students, graduates and young professionals to learn in a hands-on environment as part of the staff of a non-profit theater. Porchlight offers internships in different categories: Artistic Administration, Education & Outreach, Development & Special Events, Marketing & PR/Publicity, and Artistic/Casting.

Porchlight Interns work closely with their departments on special projects and ongoing work. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. You can find more information about each internship in “more info”.

Questions? Email rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org

Porchlight is NOT accepting applications for internships at this time. Thank you for your interest.

MORE INFO

Be a Part of Our Team As a Volunteer*

Porchlight Music Theatre welcomes volunteers to assist our staff on a variety of projects and events.

  • Volunteer benefits include complimentary tickets to Porchlight Music Theatre productions and events, as available.
  • Volunteers must complete and submit an application, and an interview will be conducted either in person or via phone.

For more information, please email info@porchlightmusictheatre.org, subject: Volunteer.

*Please note that theatre ushers are provided by The Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts. For information on how you can become a Saint, call (773) 529-5510.

I Want to Volunteer!

 

Script Submissions

Porchlight Music Theatre accepts full length scripts year-round from literary agents and theatre professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We invite unrepresented writers to submit a brief bio, short synopsis, and ten pages of sample dialogue and music on CD or sent electronically.

More Info