Stage Manager – Mainstage

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  • Chicago
  • Hours Full-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

About The Second City

The Second City is the premier brand in improv-based sketch comedy. Dedicated to entertaining, inspiring, and transforming through fearless comedy, the company’s ten resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, plus eight Touring Companies and a booming Theatricals division, entertain an additional one million theatergoers a year around the globe.The Second City Training Center, which included the Harold Ramis Film School, is the largest school of improvisation on the planet, with locations in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Second City Works, the B2B side of The Second City, focuses on hands-on learning, digital content, and consumer insights, and Second City Entertainment’s foray into television and media continues to produce new content and programming. Founded in 1959, The Second City continues to grow rapidly in size and influence by upholding five core values: performance; ensemble; diversity and inclusion; resiliency; and authenticity.  

About the role:

The Resident Company Stage Manager runs all shows taking place on Second City’s mainstage. 

Expertise in the following areas is required:

  • Strong improv and sketch comedy knowledge base and comedic sensibility. 
  • Proficient in QLab and programming light boards OR willing to complete training required to achieve proficiency in QLab and programming custom lighting cues and basic effects as well as any other specified artistic and technical quality standards 
  • Attend all Second City mainstage and etc shows at least once in their run
  • Serve the face of the second city training center when working with students and theater renters, and provide a positive experience.
  • Attend all Stage Manager meetings as scheduled by the producers.
  • Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to demonstrate superb critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of theater technology and operations is also required in the areas of video, sound, and lighting. 

This position is a union position and with eight performances per week, Tuesday through Sunday. The rehearsal process will begin in August 2019 and last 8-12 weeks. 


We are 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.