Work at the Harold Washington Cultural Center

The Harold Washington Cultural Center goal is to service the community. In addition to employment, there are also many opportunities to intern or volunteer with Center.

Employment

Browse a listing of currently open full-time, part-time, and seasonal paid positions at the Harold Washington Cultural Center

Volunteer

Get information about volunteering opportunities at the Harold Washington Cultural Center.

Internships

Learn more about the Harold Washington Cultural Center internship program.

Employment

The Harold Washington Cultural Center is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Volunteer

Want to volunteer at the Harold Washington Cultural Center? Join us!

Volunteer usher duties include reading tickets, tearing tickets, and directing patrons to their seats. The ability to walk up and down stairs is required. Ushers may also be asked to meet and great guest, helps stuff programs, and distribute programs and direct patrons to various atrium locations. Ushers are compensated for their work with an opportunity to see the Broadway in Bronzeville production for which they volunteer.

For more information on our volunteer ushering program, please email INFO@HWCCCHICAGO.ORG .

Internships

Learn theater management. Be a Harold Washington Cultural Center intern.
The Harold Washington Cultural Center internship program is an excellent way for qualified high school students, college students, graduates, and young professionals who want to pursue a career in professional theater. Internships are offered in casting, costumes, development, e-communications, education and community engagement, marketing/PR/publicity, production management, sound and stage management.

HWCC interns are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility and have the opportunity to work closely with the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Production teams and artists in Chicago. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

For more information on our internship program, please email INTERNSHIP@HWCCCHICAGO.ORG

Internship Descriptions

Administrative, design, and stage management internships
Please email resumes and internship questions to INTERNSHIP@HWCCCHICAGO.ORG
All Harold Washington Cultural Center internships have the same basic expectations. All applicants must at least:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills required to work successfully in a specific team of the Center.
  • Be socially mature and self-confident.
  • Be able to take direction and criticism well.
  • Be able to process new information quickly, work dependently, and apply it productively.
  • Be consistent and dependable in their work habits.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Enjoy multi-tasking and creative problem-solving.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Basic computer skills.

Quick Links: Production Management, Casting, Marketing & Public Relations, Costumes, Sound, Lighting, and Stage Management.
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Production Management
Duties: Work with a production team in the planning, technical management, and performance of a theatrical production that includes, new interpretations of well-known works, co-productions, festivals, and staged readings of works-in-progress; assist with routine clerical tasks and special projects; conduct research for specific productions; assist stage management as needed with production and performances including but not limited to set design, lighting design, sound design, and stage hands; attend production meetings, rehearsals, and performances.
Special Qualifications: The ability to lift, push, or maneuver 50 – 70 lbs., either alone or with assistance from others, is required. Organizational and multi-tasking skills are essential, as are communication and research skills and a practical knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in one or more areas of theater production is desirable.
Time Commitment: Flexible Part-time; Flexible-Part Time, specific days and hours are determined by the production schedule.
Mentor: Various Production Director
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Casting
Duties: Assist with the preparation of character profiles and actor call lists, as well as with scheduling and monitoring auditions; cover the main casting line and its voicemail; prepare routine correspondence, including rejection letters and responses to actor inquiries; maintain electronic casting files; attend production casting meetings.
Special Qualifications: Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and must be highly organized and detail-oriented. Experience with casting is a plus.
Time Commitment: Flexible Part-Time; specific days and hours are determined by the production schedule.
Mentor: Lisa Muhammad, House Manager
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Marketing & Public Relations
Activities: Help develop strategies and procedures for marketing and publicizing the Broadway in Bronzeville season to the general public, subscribers, and educational institutions; assist with compiling audience survey results, distributing promotional materials, assembling press and review packets, preparing actor bios and maintaining publicity archives; assist with data management and analysis; assist with media events and opening nights.
Special Qualifications: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, writing and proof-reading skills are essential, as is a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience or coursework in communications-related fields is also desirable.
Time Commitment: Flexible Part-Time; occasional evening and/or weekends.
Mentors: Jimalita Tillman, Executive Director
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Costumes
Duties: Assist the production teams with the costume design and day-to-day management of the costumes; assist with routine clerical tasks and costume construction for a variety of period and contemporary productions; assist guest designers as needed.
Special Qualifications: Practical knowledge of sewing equipment, materials, and clothing construction is essential.
Time Commitment: Flexible-Part Time; specific days and hours are determined by the production schedule.
Mentor: Cassandra Bell, Lead Costume Designer.
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Sound
Duties: Assist in the sound design process and learn advanced procedures for installing, operating, and maintaining sound equipment in different sized and configured spaces; assist the sound designers and engineers in run sound during performances and creating sound scores for both period and contemporary productions.
Special Qualifications: Basic knowledge of sound equipment and principles of sound design is essential. Experience using computerized sound systems is also a plus.
Time Commitment: Flexible-Part Time; specific days and hours are determined by the production schedule.
Mentor: Production Sound Designer
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Lighting
Duties: Assist in the lighting design process and learn advanced procedures for installing, operating, and maintaining lighting equipment in different sized and configured spaces; assist the lighting designers and engineers to run lighting during performances.
Special Qualifications: Basic knowledge of lighting equipment and principles of lighting design is essential. Experience using computerized lighting systems is also a plus.
Time Commitment: Flexible-Part Time; specific days and hours are determined by the production schedule.
Mentor: Production Lighting Designer
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Stage Management
The Harold Washington Cultural Center has two stage management teams alternating shows in the 1018 seat theater.
Duties: Assist the stage manager with the production of the play, as well as the collaboration artists; assist stage managers throughout the production process, including running rehearsals and calling shows.
Special Qualifications: Experience is required, and applicants must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of stage management techniques and terminology.
Time Commitment: Flexible Part-Time; specific days and hours are determined by the production and performance schedule.
Mentors: Production Stage Manager