Managing Director | Walkabout Theater

Walkabout Theater seeks an experienced leader to work in collaboration with the Artistic Director to implement and execute Walkabout’s day-to-day management and long term goals. The ideal candidate will have experience in development, audience engagement, and production and demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills.  Walkabout is an experimental performance company looking for a passionate and creative administrative director to design best organizational practices for the specific needs of the ensemble.

Job Description:

  • Managing Director works in coordination with Artistic Director as Walkabout Leadership Team and liaison to the Board.

  • Managing Director works with Board and Ensemble to strategize and execute fundraising activities, including individual donations, special events and corporate giving.

  • Managing Director works with Marketing to plan and implement audience development activities including marketing strategies, public relations and promotional events.

  • Managing Director is responsible for creating and executing artist contracts and serves as Producer for Walkabout shows unless otherwise specified.

 Salary: Part-time position @ $15 / hour.  

ABOUT WALKABOUT THEATER: Walkabout Theater is an ensemble of artists dedicated to the production of original work and arresting theatrical events. Walkabout produces world-premiere, touring performances devised by the ensemble; original site-specific events motivated by developing new forms of public engagement and artistic collaboration and actor training workshops investigating performance technique, individual exploration and artistic exchange.  We challenge the theatrical form, the architecture in which theater is created, and the capacity to tell a story. Through this active exploration, we seek to engage the audience in new ways that are unusual, innovative and that deepen the connection between the artist and the community.


Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience in managing a theatrical company and producing various types of events in Chicago.

  • Have experience creating and executing yearly Development plans and managing project budgets and cash flow.

  • Be passionate about negotiating best business practices and artistic needs of a small performance ensemble. 

  • Be passionate about creating individual relationships with audience members, producing partners, artistic collaborators, ensemble members and funders.  

  • Be creative around utilizing resources, designing infrastructure, and developing new audience engagement opportunities.

To Apply: 

To Apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter to Walkabout is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity & inclusion in all facets of the organization.