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The Magic Parlour Host at The House Theatre of Chicago
The House is Chicago's premier home for original works of epic storytelling and stagecraft. We consider our audience a primary component in our productions, and bring our design aesthetics and inclusive approach to the audience experience for every show.
The Magic Parlour is an intimate evening of classic magic and mind-reading featuring the work of third-generation magician Dennis Watkins. This one-of-a-kind Chicago event, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago, plays every Friday and Saturday at the Palmer House hotel.
The Magic Parlour Host is the on-site connection for guests of this upscale event, executing all front-of-house and box office tasks during show calls. The Host also supports the production and performer with stage management and administrative responsibilities during show calls.
The Magic Parlour is an open run production, and we are seeking candidates looking for long-term contract work. Ideal candidates will have experience in upscale service industry work.
This position reports to the Audience Services Manager, and the magician.
- Sets up hotel ballroom for guests and performer, including proper seat count, signage, merchandise, programs, room dressing, and minimal stage items.
- Communicates with hotel staff regarding set up, self-serve bar, and check in
- Receives all guests at will call, communicating the flow of the evening at check in; sells any walk up tickets to last-minute guests.
- Coordinates guest transport from will call to performance room, and supports the general admission seating process with magician at showtime
- Assists guests and hotel floor staff with self-service bar in performance room
- Addresses all guest questions and concerns before, during and after the performances
- Gives the welcome curtain speech introducing the show
- Responds to any patron needs or disruptions as a House Manager throughout the show
- Resets the room between shows
- Reports on the shows to the House staff via email, including sales, guest issues, production issues.
- Break down and return to storage for next show.
- A bachelor’s degree
- A general understanding and genuine appreciation of performing arts
- Impeccable in-person communication skills, and personal presentation
- Experience in customer service and money handling in a point-of-sale system
- Strong ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
- Experience in managing crowds, and/or VIP guests, ideally an event, hotel, or upscale dining setting.
This position works on-site at the Palmer House hotel venue.
Competitive flat rate per show call. This is a contract position, requiring primarily Friday nights, and Saturday afternoon & nights. Additional private performances may require hours outside of Fridays and Saturdays. Expanded holiday calendar includes Thanksgiving weekend, and Christmas weekend, and candidates MUST be available for holiday-adjacent performances.
Candidates will send a cover letter and resume to Jobs (at) thehousetheatre.com with the subject Magic Parlour Host candidate.
No phone calls, please.
Starting date: November 2018
Become a House Host!
Love the House? Love talking to people? Want a Front of House experience for your resume? All of the above? We'd love your help! We rely on our House Hosts to perform the duties of a house manager (greeting, seating assistance, etc.), as well as to start conversations and bring communities together! Even if you've never seen a House show before but would love the chance to host, we can make that happen. You'll get a T-shirt, and you and a friend will get to watch the show for free! If you're interested, apply by sending us an email at email@example.com. Be sure to include your contact information, any House shows you've seen before, what performances you'd like to host (we ask for a minimum of three for one run), and anything else you'd like us to know!
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FALL INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
The House Theatre of Chicago’s internship program is designed to provide a collaborative, entrepreneurial experience for aspiring young theatremakers. The House is looking for undergraduate students, and recent college graduates interested in learning about and participating in the day-to-day functions of a growing professional theater. Our interns work directly with their department directors to advance the initiatives of each department, and collaboratively across departments with other staff and members of their internship class.
Successful candidates will be self-starters and strong communicators who are confident in their interpersonal skills and have a passion for the work of The House and its unique storytelling style. They will also be familiar with Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite.
All internships are 12-20 hours per week, including additional hours for special events. Internships are unpaid; college credit may be arranged through your institution.
All internships require you to bring your own laptop.
- Tickets to House productions
- Experience working in an open learning environment for a nonprofit arts organization
- And the opportunity to meet and work with established artists, nonprofit professionals and our outstanding board of directors.
- Possibility of college credit
Production Management Intern
The internship may have a negotiable start and end dates. The minimum term is currently eight weeks. The intern must commit to 8-12 hours each week during regular office hours (M-F 9am-5pm). Some evenings and weekends required during technical rehearsals.
- General office administration including, but not limited to:
- Processing expense reports and check requests
- Drafting contracts
- Generating financial reports
- Maintaining electronic and paper file systems
- Maintaining production calendars
- Ordering supplies.
- Attend all production meetings and assist at technical rehearsals, which may be outside regular office hours.
- Other duties may include assisting production staff heads and assisting at load-in and load-out.
- The intern will have the opportunity for feedback and goal-planning during bi-weekly check-ins with production manager.
- The ideal candidate is an undergraduate or recent graduate in theatre looking for practical production management experience in an office environment and has a strong desire to learn about production management and an interest in pursuing production management as a career.
- Proficiency with MS Word and Excel preferred. A positive attitude and a passion for making great theatre
Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to jeremy (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, AUGUST 10. No phone calls, please.
ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERN
This position will work closely with the Managing Director, Development Manager and Finance/Administration Manager on the day-to-day operations of running a nonprofit theatre company.
Scheduling is flexible, though most work should take place on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 9a-6p). Some additional evenings and weekends may be required.
Desired Skills and Experience
Interest in theatre or nonprofit arts management/administration as a career
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work independently and manage deadlines
Keen attention to detail
Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Drive
Experience using Total Info customer relationship software or other ticketing/CRM platforms a plus, but not required
Familiarity with Quickbooks accounting software a plus
Develop, implement and evaluate systems to ensure an efficient workplace.
Assist in developing a structure around space rentals, researching prospects for rehearsal and scene shop rentals.
Support special events including:
Special event fundraiser (October 25)
Production opening nights (Sept 8, Nov 17)
Assist Managing Director with professional scheduling and administering office procedures.
Support revision and further development of employee handbook.
Develop a facility manual in collaboration with the production department.
Support documentation and administration of education initiatives.
Coordinate and systematize the House Theatre internship program.
Assist the Finance Department with accounts payable.
Assist with human resources, benefits and vacation administration.
Prepare and send donors communications.
Log donor activities and updates into Total Info software.
Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to lizzie (at) thehousetheatre dot com by Friday, AUGUST 3. No phone calls, please.
Marketing and Audience Development Intern
This position will work primarily with the Director of Marketing and Audience Development to promote The House Theatre of Chicago and its programs to new and existing audiences. The internship will provide exposure to a wide range of tactics and methods including Ad buys, Email campaigns, direct promotion and sales, group outreach and more.
Minimum ten (10) weeks. May begin according to your school break. Approximately 12-20 hours per week on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 10a-6p), with additional hours for special events and rehearsal/performance attendance.
Desired Skills and Experience
- An organized self-starter with an interest in talking to Chicago theatre audiences.
- Innovative and bold communication skills
- Target Research
- Identify potential targets
- Research targets
- Assist with communications strategy and messages
- Promotional emails
- Reporting open and click-thru rates
- Social Media management
- Partnership outreach
- Promotion creation
- Including targeted messaging
- Graphic layout
- Media selections (photo and video)
- Support Open House events and Opening Nights
- Attend Marketing Committee Meetings
- Attend Staff Meetings as available
- Attend weekly Marketing/Mng. Dir. meeting as available
Application Deadline: Please submit a resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to chelsea (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, AUGUST 10, 2018. No phone calls, please.
Interested in appearing on stage at The House? Audition notices are posted on the Chicago Plays website and occasionally via our Facebook page, too. You can also submit your headshot and resume electronically to:
Marika Mashburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We occasionally need help sawing wood and hammering nails in the week before a show. If you want to assist with some carpentry for the arts, contact production manager Jeremy Wilson. email@example.com
Are you excellent at cold-calling? Do you just love licking envelopes? If you’d like to contribute your time during one of The House’s subscription or donation campaigns, or have other skills you can contribute and think we need to know about, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!