Opportunities at Porchlight

Porchlight Music Theatre is able to 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 AEA CAT II Chicago theatre with an annual budget of $2 million, producing a 3- to 4-play Mainstage season, and multiple editions of our popular Porchlight Revisits “lost” musicals-in-staged-concert series and New Faces Sing Broadway revue series. We nurture the next generation of musical through the Off the Porch new musicals program, and we have dynamic year-round audience engagement and youth education programs, including our “Make Your Own Musical” music theatre summer camps.
(ABOVE: Aaron Benham in “The Scottsboro Boys.” Photo by Austin Packard)

Please check back regularly for updates, or follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-date announcements regarding future audition calls.

Freaky Friday – Non-Union Auditions

Seeking teenage and adult actors 16 or older of all ethnicities and gender identities.

Local hires only.


Monday, August 12, 12pm – 8pm

Tuesday, August 13, 10am – 6pm

Non-Equity & EMC performers may also walk-in on the AEA Appointment Day:

Thursday, August 15, 12pm – 8pm

(AEA members seeking union auditions should consult their member portal.)

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Job Postings

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Development Manager

Porchlight seeks an energetic professional to manage a successful annual giving program, including developing and implementing giving strategies to achieve goals, preparing and executing fundraising appeals, acknowledgements and reports, and cultivating strong relationships by engaging and stewarding donors through multiple touchpoints. Specific responsibilities include:

Annual Fund & Database Management (70%)

  • With Development staff, create, execute and evaluate annual fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of donors, the size of individual donations, converting annual donors to major donors, and increasing engagement.
  • Ensure quality and accuracy in managing the PatronManager database: Maintain donor records and lists, develop and maintain a moves management system, create and refine a campaign and fund structure, and identify opportunities for systems integration for improved data quality, reduced data entry, and increase cross-departmental collaboration. Enforce and encourage data entry standards and best practices.
  • Prepare accurate quarterly fundraising appeals (renewals and acquisitions) and manage the logistics of mailing to strategically segmented lists.
  • Generate reports that track participation and progress, assist with analyzing current and prospective donor activity to project future trends.
  • Manage all correspondence with individual donors, and serve as point person for all development-related inquiries (internal and external).
  • Assist the Development Director with creating a pipeline of prospective major donors, conducting ongoing prospect research, and preparing for donor meetings.

Event Coordination & Support (20%)

  • Coordinate a portfolio of events, including opening night celebrations, ICONS Gala, and Chicago Sings fundraising concert. Manage logistics to ensure a smooth-running event, achievement of gals, and an exceptional donor experience.
  • Support ad-hoc events related to programming, including donor receptions, and in-home parties hosted by key donors.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic representative at performances and events.
  • Implement strategies for converting event attendees to donors and/or engage them in other meaningful ways post event (e.g. event committees or engagement groups).

General Development Support (10%)

  • Reconcile income and expenses monthly with the Finance department; work with Development Director to create and manage annual Development budget.
  • Manage the Porchlight Young Professionals group, organizing meetings and events, and driving recruitment.
  • Collaborate with Development Director and Institutional Advancement Director to manage relationships with major donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, vendors, in-kind donors, individual sponsors, and board members. Actively network with peers and prospects.
  • Work with Marketing and Audience Services teams to develop strategies that ensure development presence in all company communications and at our performance spaces, to obtain statistics regarding attendance and marketing reach.
  • Ensure department’s policy and procedure documentation is current and being implemented.
  • Take on other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum 2 years experience working with individual donors as part of a comprehensive development program.
  • Experience with CRM database administration; Patron Manager knowledge a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Word and Excel.
  • Ability to quickly solve problems and multi-task, prioritizing multiple deadlines.
  • Superb attention to detail and accuracy, ultimate confidentiality of donor information.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • 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.
  • Availability to work on selected weekday evenings and weekends as required.
  • Commitment to excellence and a passion for the mission of Porchlight Music Theatre.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid Time Off and optional health insurance
  • Energetic and casually professional office environment

Send cover letter and resume via email to employment-intern@porchlightmusictheatre.org. No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.


Front of House Staff

Porchlight Music Theatre seeks motivated individuals to join our dynamic and growing team as the company enters its 25th anniversary season. Front of House team members are cross-trained in the areas of Assistant House Management, Box Office, and Concessions. These part-time, hourly, seasonal positions begin 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 Manager and works out of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

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Internship opportunities at Porchlight Music Theatre are designed to provide an enriching, career-broadening experience for qualified college and graduate students. The level of responsibility and the ongoing workload of an ever-growing artistic institution require that interns be highly motivated, energetic, and self-reliant. Don’t miss out on working for one of the BEST theatre companies in Chicago — Chicago’s Home for Music Theatre!


Be a Part of Our Team As a Volunteer*

Porchlight Music Theatre welcomes volunteers to assist our staff on a variety of projects including fundraising mailings (envelope stuffing!), marketing (poster your neighborhood!), audience services (lobby greeting!), as well as the opportunity to serve on committees like the Benefit Committee which supports our annual fundraising events – the ICONS Gala brunch (April) and the Chicago Sings concert (August).

  • 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.

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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.

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