General Manager

  • Writers Theatre
  • Glencoe, IL
  • May 23, 2022
Full time Other

Job Description

Writers Theatre
Position: General Manager

Location: Glencoe/Chicago, IL

Department: Administration

Classification: Full time

Salary: Starting at $65,000 commensurate with experience

About Writers Theatre

Writers Theatre (WT) is a nationally recognized, award-winning theatre company located on the North Shore of Chicago with a pre-pandemic annual operating budget of $6.5 Million. Known for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its productions, WT is focused on the power of the written word and dedicated to the artists who bring that word to life. Having captivated audiences for years with its commitment to creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible, the theatre is now a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence, being called “America’s finest regional theater company” by The Wall Street Journal. Under the leadership of Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy, the company is charting a path forward for its future.

Position Summary

The General Manager (GM) provides leadership support to the Executive Director (ED), Artistic Director (AD), in key areas of the theater’s operations.  This position is an opportunity for a dynamic thinker and strategic leader to assist in fulfilling and guiding WT’s mission, vision, and priorities and to help lead a sophisticated staff of full-time and part-time staff.

The GM reports to the ED and works closely with the Managing Director, Strategy and Advancement, Interim Artistic Director and Director of Production and Facilities. The GM supervises the Company Manager.

This position’s schedule is typically M-F, 9:30-5:30, occasionally adjusting hours to work until curtain time to connect with artists. Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.


  • Help create, develop, maintain and track a variety of complex budgets, including full season and supplemental programming, that contribute to the fiscal health of the theater.
  • Manage and negotiate contracts with actors, directors, designers, choreographers, composers and other artistic staff within union regulations and established budgets. Maintain a thorough knowledge of the work rules for the represented unions: AEA, SDC, CFM, USA.
  • Participate as a representative of WT with PACT (Producers Association of Chicago Theaters) and serve as a point of contact for CAT (Chicago Area Theatres contract) labor/management and contractual questions as needed.
  • Manage, negotiate and execute intellectual property contracts, royalties and production licenses between WT and authors, composers, orchestrators, and lyricists.
  • Maintain all general management financial reports, settlements, and weekly royalty reports. Ensure that all contract terms are reflected in production budgets.
  • Manage the Company Manager (CM) in their responsibilities.
  • In partnership with the CM, oversee WT’s offices and theatre building with general day to day administrative needs.
  • Lead and manage special/strategic projects and other duties on an as needed basis as directed by the ED.
  • Participates in and attends Executive and Finance Committee meetings, and full Board Meetings, and other meetings as appropriate.


Qualifications & Key Competencies

  • 5+ years work experience. Positions at arts and culture and/or non-profit institutions preferred.
  • Ability to think strategically and execute with attention to detail. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on both an interpersonal and group level.
  • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to be an effective manager for staff across multiple departments. Ability to engender trust and loyalty through their authenticity and transparency.
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms—with prior training across the spectrum strongly preferred.
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, professionals, artists, community partners, volunteers and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage organizational budgets.
  • Ability to exercise professional discretion and confidentiality.


COVID Safety

WT requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a term of employment.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

WT is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as promoting a safe, supportive, and collaborative work environment conducive to professional and personal growth. A successful candidate will share these values.

WT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, or veteran status.

Please find more information on our culture and specific policies at the following links:

Benefits include: medical, dental and disability insurance, vacation and other paid leave, a 403(b)-retirement plan (with employer match) and medical and dependent care cafeteria plans.

To Apply

Qualified and interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and any salary requirements to No phone calls please.

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$65,000 commensurate with experience

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