Production Assistant

  • Highland Park, IL
  • Contract

Company Description

Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The 36-acre park is nestled in a gently wooded area that makes it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants.

Our Mission

As a nonprofit organization, community outreach and music education initiatives are our mission. Over 75,000 people are served through Ravinia's Reach*Teach*Play programs each year, ensuring that great music remains accessible to all.


Job Description

The Ravinia Festival Association is seeking a team of Production Assistants to assist in the coordination and execution of all non-technical backstage operations for the 2020 summer season.  These positions are highly coveted, and past employees have gone on to obtain full-time employment within major arts organizations.

Dates of Employment

Late-May/June through late-September 2020 (with some flexibility)

General Responsibilities

Assistants will perform the daily operations of the Production Department including, but not limited to; artist transportation, hospitality shopping, setting dressing rooms, restocking inventory and general office work. 


Ability to work well as part of a team and independently.  Strong communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.  Attention to detail.  Clean driving record** (must be submitted with application). Comfortable driving Ravinia’s fleet vehicles. Excellent computer skills. Consistent source of transportation at any time of day or night and a reliable cell phone. Ability to work outside of normal business hours (position requires extensive evening and weekend hours, some seven-day work weeks). Employees are required to sign an offer letter and a confidentiality agreement.

Additional Notes

In addition to the general responsibilities, these positions integrate substantive areas of production management including: arts administration, music business, technical coordination, and production coordination. Candidates with any of these backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Stage elements are handled by a union crew. There are no technical/on-stage aspects to this position.


$13/hour.  Thirty to fifty hours per week with opportunities for overtime pay.  Free attendance at most concerts.  Some meals provided. Cell phone reimbursement. Internship credit is available. 


Ideal candidates will also offer some of the following skills/experience:

·         Customer service experience

·         Knowledge of performing arts

·         Knowledge of Chicagoland area attractions, roadways and public transportation

·         Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

·         Excellent written and proofreading skills

·         Foreign language speakers encouraged to apply

Additional Information



All hiring is conditional on receiving an approved background check. Please no phone calls or emails.

**Driving records are generally available at your local Secretary of State or DMV office.