Festival Atmosphere Manager

Submitted by acauley on Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:44pm

Festival Atmosphere 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 Festival Atmosphere Manager is a seasonal staff position that is responsible for coordinating and managing free outdoor programing during the festival. The FA Manager reports to the Executive and Managing Director and works closely with the Fringe Central Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator. This position will oversee a team of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the outdoor programming, patron engagement activities and lead in decoration and set up planning for the outdoor space.



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

  • Research, coordinate and manage outdoor programming free to patrons during the festival.
  • Be social welcoming and personable to all patrons, artist, and program participants.
  • Coordinate with necessary departments to ensure atmosphere of space is creative, clear, and expressive towards the theme and mission of the festival.
  • Manage team of volunteers as needed
  • Keep a clear communication line with related departments and staff members for efficiency and productivity.



  • Experience in creative space design and programing preferred
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Familiarity with fringe festivals a plus.


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 jobs@chicagofringe.org.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Amber Southall
Contact Email: