Jobs & Internships

About Face is always looking for dynamic members to join our team!

More About AFT:

About Face Theatre’s Mission is to create exceptional, innovative and adventurous theatre and educational programming that advances the national dialogue on sexual and gender identity, and challenges and entertains audiences in Chicago and beyond.

Our vision is to be a nationally recognized, intergenerational, and community-focused LGBTQIA arts organization by creating theatre that fosters awareness, understanding and celebration of all forms of sexual and gender expression.

Everyone at About Face values:
Collaboration – Prizing creativity, risk-taking and teamwork as strengths, both artistically and organizationally
Excellence – Bringing quality, high standards, and innovation to meet every challenge we encounter
Activism – Serving as leaders of social change through theatre and community involvement
Authenticity – Expressing ourselves honestly and truthfully in our art, dialogue, and lives
Inclusion – Affirming and respecting equally everyone’s diverse viewpoints and identities
Fiscal Responsibility – Effectively stewarding the resources of the organization
Fun – Bringing passion, enthusiasm and joy to everything we do

Learn more about About Face Theatre at www.aboutfacetheatre.org.

 


Internships

About Face Theatre is looking for interns for our upcoming season. Internships will start in September 2017 and run through December 2017 with the option of extending through the full fiscal year until August 2018.

About Face Theatre is a small professional organization with four full-time and two part-time staff members. Every year, we produce four mainstage shows and three workshops. We rely on support from a dedicated group of interns to produce our season of queer theatre and make sure our company runs smoothly.

Internships are fun, flexible opportunities for theatre-lovers of all ages to learn all about what goes into developing and performing works that support AFT’s mission to create exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.  Internships are structured, mentored, full of leadership opportunities, and built to prepare young artists and administrators for meaningful careers in the arts.

We work hard to include interns in all aspects of the organization and to create opportunities for professional development. Interns will be provided a proactive learning environment, substantial resume-building responsibilities, and networking opportunities in the Chicago theatre industry. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Interested in applying? Check out our open positions below!

Production Internship

The Production Intern is supervised by the Artistic Director and works closely with the Production Manager.  They will be involved in all aspects of theatre production including – but not limited to – the following responsibilities:

  • Keeping the office production storage area clean and organized
  • Assisting the Production Manager and Production Team as needed: buying supplies, assisting during builds/hangs/focus, running errands during load-in and tech week
  • Presence at the theatre during load-in, tech week, and strike
  • Attending special About Face Theatre events and assist as needed
  • Assisting with rehearsal space rentals, as needed
  • Helping with office-wide projects

Ideal applicants will be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Docs.   Experience in carpentry, electrics, audio, costuming, props, and/or stage management is a plus.  Candidates should have an interest in pursuing a career in production management.  Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills.  Scheduling is flexible and can be tailored to fit academic and/or performing schedules.  Though the average time commitment is 16 hours a week, more time will be expected during heavy technical periods leading up to a show opening (with weeks off to make up the time).

Company Management Internship

The Company Management Intern is supervised by the Managing Director and works closely with the Artistic Director and Production Manager.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in gathering information for programs, bios, etc.
  • Assisting the Managing Director and Production Manager in routing contracts and tax forms
  • Assisting the Artistic Director in scheduling flights and arranging housing for out of town artists
  • Retrieving the weekly settlement check
  • Monitoring, entering and confirming all cast/crew/creative ticket requests
  • Assisting the Managing Director in bookkeeping and general operations
  • Assisting in updating daily ticket reports
  • Assisting the Managing Director in preparing weekly show payroll, in addition to payroll for smaller workshops and readings
  • Assisting the Production Manager in preparing overhire payroll
  • Attending special About Face Theatre events and assist as needed
  • Assisting with rehearsal space rentals, as needed
  • Helping with office-wide projects

Ideal applicants will be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Past experience with budgeting and ticketing systems a plus.  Candidates must also possess excellent communication and organizational skills.  Scheduling is flexible and can be tailored to fit academic and/or performing schedules.

Development Internship

The Development Intern is supervised by the Director of Institutional Giving and the Director of Individual and Major Giving & Special Events. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with and planning all fundraising benefits and special events, including collaboration with volunteer committees
  • Retrieving, organizing and researching donor/prospect information
  • Maintaining donor records and database systems, as well as gathering and sorting related data
  • Managing donor acknowledgement and recognition
  • Managing annual fund processes, including direct mail campaigns
  • Supporting corporate and foundation research, proposal submission, and reporting
  • Supporting Development Director with daily operations of the department including donor inquiries and requests, meeting scheduling and preparation, and other duties as assigned

Ideal applicants will be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Experience with patron database systems such as PatronManager, OvationTix, Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, and Vendini is a plus. Candidates must also possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Scheduling is flexible and can be tailored to fit academic and/or performing schedules.

If interested, please send a cover letter explaining the type of internship you’re interested in, resume, and references to resume@aboutfacetheatre.org. No phone calls please.