Reporting to the Chair of Theater and Performance Studies or his/her designee, the Production Manager oversees three performance spaces and at least five rehearsal spaces for co-curricular, departmental and professional productions. Supervises and manages Theater and Performance Studies part-time student and professional production staff. Leads weekly production staff meetings, and arranges for overhire and/or student support when necessary. Serves as Production Manager for departmental productions. Option to teach 1 course per year subject to the curricular needs of the TAPS program. Trains and mentors all student stage managers and production managers. Serves as primary liaison with the Logan Center for the Arts for scheduling and maintenance in TAPS spaces. Advises student & faculty driven production-related projects including those driven by a range of co-curricular organizations (e.g., University Theater, The Deanâ™s Men, Off-Off Campus, Dance Council, Le Vorris & Vox and Comedia).
Oversees production-related concerns for over forty productions annually, including student, faculty, and guest artist productions.
Develops and approves budgets for supplies, shows, and equipment purchases, and advises students on the same.
Encourages a collaborative environment between students, faculty and staff in curricular, co-curricular, and professional settings.
Advises student organizations and individual students, including those entering the profession and post-graduate study, in the areas of production and stage management.
Production manages selected TAPS-initiated and/or supported productions (e.g,, faculty driven projects, Chicago Performance Lab projects, and partner programs).
In collaboration with the Managing Director, coordinates with directors and designers to create production budgets, draw up contracts, and hire technicians.
Trains and mentors all stage managers and production managers.
Attends technical rehearsals and leads weekly workshops for stage and production managers.
Oversees space usage for TAPS curricular and co-curricular programs in coordination with the Logan Center for the Arts.
Serves on relevant University boards and committees.
Leads or attends production-related meetings and other duties as assigned.
Superior organizational and communication skills
Ability to thrive in both structured and unstructured work environments
Work effectively both as part of a team and independently
Ability to prioritize competing demands
Creative problem-solver, with a strong eye for details
Ability to work in a university setting
Availability to work evenings and weekends
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required, with a major in arts management or theater preferred
Three years professional production or stage management experience is required
Five years of post-undergraduate job experience in the arts is preferred
Demonstrated experience with light and sound boards is required
An understanding of Chicagoâ™s performance landscape
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Proficiency in Mac and PC environment
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook,and Quickbooks as well as and online organizational tools
Working knowledge of basic and advanced design considerations required, including at least some familiarity with electrical theory and practice, construction of scenery and carpentry, lighting, rigging, safety, sewing, welding, carpentry and construction, sound systems, scenic painting, upholstery, special effects (e.g. pyrotechnics, stage elevators, moving scenery, etc.) and stage management.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Production Office environment
Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment required
Attention to detail required
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required
Job requires physical strength and coordination, including set up of tables and chairs, light hangs, and scenery lifting
Ability to sit at a computer for 2-4 hours
Cover letter enumerating your interest in this position
List of three references with email and telephone contact information
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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