Publicity Manager
170 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60601
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JOB TITLE: Publicity Manager

LOCATION: Communications

REPORTING TO: Director of Communications

SALARY RANGE: $45,000 - $50,000



Join the dynamic team of arts professionals at the Goodman Theatre! Chicago’s theater since 1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement. The theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

We at Goodman Theatre are storytellers who believe that a diversity of people, ideas and cultures in our organization enriches both the art on stage and our civic engagement. In our workplace, we strive to reflect the communities we serve, and make space in which each individual is empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. The Goodman values equity, diversity and inclusion and is committed to approaching our work through the practice of anti-racism. The inclusion of difference(s) such as ability, age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and all other identities represented across staff, board, artists and audiences help make us better equipped to live these values—on stage and off. Learn more at


Goodman Theatre’s Communications team is responsible for the earned media efforts (press/publicity) and some owned media tactics (visual/design, video, Playbill) to promote the theater’s productions and programs and advance the not-for-profit theater arts and community organization’s brand in the mind of its audiences. Areas of oversight include message development, media relations, content generation and information distribution to support ticket sales and the Goodman Theatre’s mission. This team collaborates with theater leadership and all departments across the organization.


The Publicity Manager reports to the Communications Director, with whom the Manager assists in the messaging, planning and execution of all aspects of publicity campaigns and public information programs. In addition, the Manager serves as a contributing editor and project manager for the Goodman’s Playbill program.



Essential Functions of this job include, but are not limited to:


  • Work with Communications Director to develop/implement/evaluate opportunistic press plans and pitches for productions/events
  • Serve as an editor and project manager for Playbill—including editorial planning, calendar/deadline management, artist bio editing, routing, work with Design
  • Write press releases and strategic pitches
  • Assist with planning, logistics and internal communication for publicity opportunities
  • Research media opportunities/contacts and maintain press lists using Tessitura and CisionPoint
  • Assemble and update background pitch materials for each production/event
  • Create and maintain the Publicity Calendar, keeping current with deadlines and reminders
  • Assist with the scheduling, facilitation, and distribution of photo and video assets
  • Coordinate opening night prep—including attendance lists, numbers updates, seating, greeting press at event
  • Co-Mentor department intern(s), when internships are able to resume
  • Maintain the “Press Room” pages on
  • Archival duties, including distribution of materials to other theaters, producers, journalists, scholars and students
  • Assist with departmental administrative responsibilities as needed


Candidates must have at least two years of experience in communications, traditional media/public relations—ideally for a theater. Established relationships with members of the Chicago and national media a plus.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in theater, journalism, communications, English or related field.

Required Skills:Must be a strong writer, self-starter, self-motivated, highly organized and able to work well with artists and staff within all disciplines and levels within the theater. Must have excellent editing and interpersonal skills. Experience with Tessitura a plus. Must have a self-motivated work style.


Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, sick leave, and 401K.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

The Goodman requires proof of full vaccination. New employees who are not fully vaccinated as of the date of hire are required to be fully vaccinated within 45 days of hire and provide twice-weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to being fully vaccinated. Further details will be provided upon hire.

The Goodman is an inclusive and accessible employer. Successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people and will demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion at the Goodman Theatre.


Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, three writing samples and resume by clicking  the "Apply to this job" button at the bottom of the page.  Please attach the three writing samples with your cover letter and indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.