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  • Chicago
  • Hours Full-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

The Company

The Second City is the premier brand in improv-based sketch comedy and the world’s largest school of improvisation with theatres and training centres in Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood.  They have full time touring ensembles, the Harold Ramis Film School, and a thriving B2B division focused on hands-on learning, digital content, and consumer insight. Founded in 1959, the company continues to grow rapidly in size and influence.

Position Overview : The Stage Manager is responsible for ensuring that every element of the resident show runs smoothly on a nightly basis and that the director and ensemble’s vision of the show remains consistent throughout its run. The Stage Manager runs the lighting console during performances. The Stage manager serves as a liaison between the resident ensemble and The Second City.

Qualifications : The Resident Stage Manager must have at least one year’s experience as a Second City stage manager. Additionally, familiarity with QLab, Etc Eos lighting console operating systems, and digital audio consoles is required. Additional experience in theatrical production, such as lighting design and stagecraft, is a plus but not a requirement.

Essential Duties : 

  • Will maintain a thorough knowledge of the Actors Equity Association agreement with The Second City, and ensure its rules are followed.
  • When the director is absent, will run understudy put-in rehearsals for their own role as well as that of the other company members.
  • Will make on-the-fly adjustments to the show’s lighting, sound, and show control during the show Process, as well as during improvisational segments of the show.
  • Will file daily rehearsal and performance reports.


The Second City is an open, inclusive workplace and welcome applicants who bring along with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, ethnicity and points of view. We strive to continue our efforts to work with people who may otherwise be marginalized or underrepresented in our business and around our community.