Temporary Theater and Performance Programming Manager

Submitted by UCARTS on Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:52am

Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago is seeking individuals interested in part-time (30-35 hours a week) six (6) month temporary employment to work with theater and dance companies and artists and the staff at Arts + Public Life to help develop programming and residency models for the new Green Line Performing Arts Center in Washington Park.


Temporary Theater and Performance Programming Manager - Principle Duties


The temporary Theater and Performance Programming Manager is a six-month position that will help create sustainable partnerships with community artists and performing arts organizations to develop robust performing arts programming, in addition to collaborating with University-based arts partners. Will work closely with APL team to develop and implement programs at the Green Line Performing Arts Center.  Works closely with Director and Associate Directors to develop a new Performing Artist in Residence program and coordinates all aspects of preparation for the application and call. Assist in the development of processes related to box office operations, space rentals and programs co-produced with partners. Works with Operations Manager to implement and manage calendaring and schedules for the Green Line Performing Arts Center. To learn more about the Green Line Performing Arts Center visit https://arts.uchicago.edu/apl/glpac




About Arts + Public Life


Arts + Public Life (APL), an initiative of UChicago Arts, provides platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, cultural entrepreneurship, and arts-led programs and events. APL operates the Arts Incubator on the Arts Block, a burgeoning arts and culture corridor along East Garfield Boulevard from South Prairie Avenue to South Martin Luther King Drive. Two additional facilities, a black box theater and a small creative business incubator will open fall 2018 and spring 2019, respectively. The Arts Incubator a 10,000 square-foot multidisciplinary University arts facility supports multiple disciplines—performance, music, and visual art—the Arts Incubator houses a public art gallery, flexible event space, two artist studios, a woodshop and office space. The Green Line Arts Center, a 6,000+ square foot performance venue, opening fall 2018, will house a 75-seat, 1,250 square foot black box theater, a 750 square foot rehearsal and performance space and an 800 square foot lobby for additional events and programs. The third space to be activated in spring 2018, the historic Garfield CTA station, will be renovated and re-opened as a Washington Park welcome center offering community information and creative business incubator.


Arts and Public Life strengthens and develops sustainable partnerships with local community organizations and residents, artists and arts organizations with a focus on three primary areas of creative activity: 1) enhanced opportunities for collaboration with artists of color, diverse cultural organizations, and women through new space and programmatic efforts on Chicago's south side; 2) strengthened arts education with local schools and campus arts partners, and 3) sustainable community partnerships that ensure the broader University activities serve as important community assets. To learn more please visit https://arts.uchicago.edu/artsandpubliclife.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.


Skills & Qualifications: 


●      A minimum of five years of experience in theater and/or performing arts management experience required

●      Strong relationships with the Chicago theater and dance community required.

●      Experience working or managing artists or artists related to programs preferred

●      Excellent oral and written communications skills

●      Solid knowledge of the arts community on the South Side of Chicago

●      Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc)

●      Significant experience and demonstrated success working with diverse communities

●      Strong organizational, planning, problem solving and project management skills

●      Ability to take initiative, work independently and contribute as a member of a team

●      Required to maintain deadlines, work within budgets, set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously

●      Can manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing publicly visible projects

●      Ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously

●      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

●      Ability to work evenings and weekends

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nadia Sulayman at nsulayman@uchicago.edu

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Nadia Sulayman
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