For 50 years, Free Street Theater has used theater and public performance as a tool to defy Chicago’s racial and economic segregation, putting it at the forefront of the movement to create affordable, inclusive, and innovative theater in communities across Chicago. We do this by making work by,for, about, with, and in Chicago’s diverse communities. We believe that theater matters, and if it matters, we should find ways to make it accessible and inviting to as many people as possible in both the process and performance.
Over the past six years, Free Street has experienced tremendous growth. In addition to our wide-ranging outdoor performances in Chicago, we operate two permanent performance and gathering spaces: HQ at the Pulaski Park fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk) and Storyfront at 4346 S. Ashland. Free Street produces an average of six original productions each year, hosts two youth and two multi-generational ensembles,and provides training in theater techniques to people of all ages. Free Street has reached a point in its current development where it needs an Executive Director to manage its growth in a sustainable way.
Forge productive working relationships with Artistic Director, board, staff, and current funders.
Collaborate with Artistic Director to plan an execute community engagement strategies.
Take the lead role in generating contributed revenue for Free Street, including writing, submitting and tracking grant proposals; designing and implementing individual giving campaigns.
Participate in civic conversations and organizational development opportunities on behalf of Free Street.
Manage staff: full-time, part-time and contractors to ensure that all program and production activities completed in a timely and professional manner.
Oversee financial management of the company,serving as a liaison with accountant and tracking income and expenses.
Oversee contractors responsible for marketing and public relations for the company, setting direction with appropriate staff and board volunteers
Free Street is seeking a candidate who has a demonstrated commitment to Free Street’s mission of Joy and Justice and who will thrive in a co-leadership position with the current Artistic Director. We are seeking an individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is at ease in conversations with artists, institutional funders, and individual donors and has a proven track record in raising funds. The ideal candidate will have deep roots in and extensive knowledge of the Chicago community--its neighborhoods, funders, people, arts, education and social justice movements--and bring contacts that can further Free Street’s goals. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus. They will have at least three years of experience in a management role, preferably within a non-profit organization that focuses on arts, youth, or social justice.
In your application, please include a cover letter that explains why you are interested in this position and demonstrates your passion for Free Street's mission.
Additional Salary Information: Health insurance and generous PTO included. Full time, flexible schedule.
About Free Street Theater
Founded in 1969, Free Street Theater is dedicated to creating performance by, for, with and about a wide range of participants; to challenging ideas of where theater belongs and who belongs in a theater; and to using theater to ask questions, prompt dialogue, and build community.