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Job Opportunities

The Summer Place, Naperville’s community theatre since 1966, has several openings for paid positions for our three summer productions:

  • South Pacific, running June 7-16, 2019
  • My Three Angels, running June 28-30, 2019
  • Large contemporary musical TBA, running July 19 - August 4, 2019

Location: All performances are in Naperville, IL, close to Metra and other transportation. Rehearsals are usually at nearby locations in Naperville.

Available jobs and stipends, where available, are listed below.  The Summer Place encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, and we do not discriminate on any basis including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.  Our community theatre serves actors, singers, dancers, and crew with a wide range of ages and experience levels; the successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to be flexible and adapt to the needs of each production.  To apply for any position, please send your resume and cover letter describing relevant experience to A Summer Place board member will contact you to schedule an interview date and time.

Please note: The Summer Place is unable to provide housing or transportation stipends other than the pay listed for each position.  Candidates not local to the Naperville/Chicago area will still be considered, but anyone hired will be responsibile for their own transportation during production.

Technical Director (Entire season, $1000 stipend each): The Technical Director will oversee all technical aspects as well as coordinate a build schedule with the Master Carpenter.  The individual will provide a non-intimidating learning environment while upholding a professional, positive attitude and upkeep a tidy and organized workspace.  The Technical Director must be well rounded with knowledge of all technical areas of a production.  The TD is in charge of the set build, coordinating with the other designers (sound, lighting, costumes, props), managing physical access to the theatre, and overseeing running crew during productions.  Experience working in non-traditional theatre spaces a plus.  The scene shop may be off-site from the performance space, so ability to construct scenery to be loaded in quickly is a must.

Scenic Designer (Entire season, $400 stipend each): The Scenic Designer collaborates with the creative team to realize the director's vision for the show.  The Scenic Designer will develop a set design taking into consideration the requirements of the script, constraints of the venue, and the available budget.  The scenic designer must have the skills to generate design drawings and renderings (ground plan, color rendering, elevations, etc.) for the technical director.  The designer should be available to consult with the technical director throughout set construction, and additional stipend may be available for charge artist, if needed.  Experience desgning for non-traditional theatre spaces is a plus.

Lighting Designer (Entire season, $400 spiend each): The lighting designer is expected to create the lighting plot, direct the hang + focus, design cues, and program the console.  The designer must be present for hang + focus, throughout tech week, and at strike for each production.  Paperwork (plot, channel hookup, LX schedule, etc.) is required prior to opening.  The designer is also responsible for procuring any desired equipment to be rented (intelligent instruments, scrollers, etc).  Experience designing for non-traditional theatre spaces is a plus.  For the 3rd musical (TBA), experience designing with intelligent instruments strongly preferred.

Stage Manager (Entire season, $500 stipend each): The Stage Manager will be expected to assist the director throughout production, serve as the main contact point for actors and crew, attend all rehearsals, record blocking, and call the show. The rehearal period for each production will be 7-8 weeks before opening.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for help bringing our 2018 season to life! Summer Place is powered by dedicated, creative, generous, efficient people who donate their time to getting our shows off the ground.

Whether you can help for only one night, all summer or for a hour here and there, we would love to have you be part of the team! Volunteering opportunities include set building, costuming, backstage crew, ushering, concessions and box office support, props coordination, marketing and promotion, fundraising, play reading, and more. Find out how you and your family can get involved by emailing


A Partial List of Tasks Volunteers Do for Summer Place Theatre

  • Serve as actors, crew, orchestra
  • Usher
  • Assist costuming/props
  • Advertise in the program/online
  • Write/send press releases
  • Collect bios of technical crew and actors
  • Design and print tickets/postcards/programs
  • Post on social media outlets
  • Take cast/crew photos
  • Distribute promotional material
  • Help with move-in/move-out
  • Give money or in-kind donation
  • Post show info at online calendars
  • Volunteer management
  • Plan annual picnic
  • Design show posters 
  • Update website 
  • Post posters at local businesses
  • Build set for each show
  • Ask businesses for ads or in-kind donations
  • Schedule ushers/box office staffconcession staff for each show
  • Plan and execute marketing
  • Inventory concession products
  • Collect/erase scripts 
  • Research/write grants
  • Provide snacks during tech week
  • Tear down set for each show
  • Archive selection of programs, tickets, posters, photos, et
  • Thank sponsors/advertisers

Can you do one of these tasks? Email us now! And thank you for your support!

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