Fringe Central Manager | Chicago Fringe Festival

Submitted by acauley on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 2:04pm

Fringe Central Manager

The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unique opportunity for artists and patrons alike to perform and enjoy intimate, boundary-pushing theatre. We produce an uncensored and non-juried festival which showcases 24 performing groups over 5 days in five non-traditional theatre spaces. All performers are selected by first come, first serve and lottery. We return 100% of our ticket sales to the artists. And we keep the tickets prices low to provide access to the arts to the widest audience possible.

Established in 2010, CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.


The Fringe Central Manager is a seasonal staff position that is responsible for coordinating and managing Fringe Central during the Festival. The FC Manager reports to the Executive and Managing Directors and works closely with the Marketing Manager, Box Office Manager, and the Volunteer Coordinator. This position will oversee a team of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of Fringe Central activities, including ticket and merch sales; patron engagement activities; workshops and activities; etc. This position will also lead the decoration and set up planning for the Fringe Central space.



The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Social, welcoming and personable demeanor.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Creative and flexible in response to problem solving.
  • Self-motivated with willingness to contribute ideas.
  • Great team attitude and ability to work and communicate on-deadline in a virtual
  • environment.
  • Proven track record of solid work performance in past jobs and reliable
  • attendance.
  • Experience with sales/ticketing a plus.
  • Familiarity with fringe festivals a plus.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous stage and administrative management experience a plus.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, interns and the community.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of time management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in decision-making.


Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week and more during the Festival (August 30 – September 3). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.



Stipend and Lots of Hugs


To Apply:

Interested Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to


Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Amber Southall
Contact Email: