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The School of Drama is a dynamic, creative, and highly productive unit with 20 faculty and 20 staff members serving 80 undergraduate majors, 35-40 Master of Fine Arts students, 10-15 PhD students, and over 1,000 non-majors enrolled in courses. The Production Manager reports to the School Director (a faculty member) and is responsible for managing the interface between the School’s academic curriculum, artistic visions, and production-related material resources to ensure that these three areas meet and match up. The School of Drama is a learning environment where the teaching and mentoring of students is paramount. The Production Manager should possess a keen interest in the creative process and a desire to problem-solve with students, staff, and faculty.
Pursuant to University policies and procedures, the Production Manager works independently and in partnership with the School’s Administrator (a staff member) in the following areas: financial and personnel manager, facilities support, development, and other functions as necessary.
Our faculty, staff, and students are intellectually engaged with the ways that race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class, and ethnicity intersect within and shape the human experience, both within the educational experience and outside of it. We encourage all members of the School of Drama to think critically about the world around them, and engage actively. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experience has not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but has also given them the confidence to fully engage with people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
Specific job functions by area are listed below:
Support School’s Academic Curriculum and Artistic Vision In conjunction with other members of School leadership, the Production Manager develops and oversees the production season including the balancing of pedagogical goals as developed by faculty with the material resources as determined by budgets and personnel. The Production Manager creates and maintains structures so that undergraduate and graduate students are set up to succeed in their production-related activities. This includes mentoring and advising students, and attending technical rehearsals. The Production Manager recruits, assigns, and evaluates student stage managers. The Production Manager plays a key role in contributing to leadership discussions about the School’s vision, growth, and policies.
Hire and Supervise Production Staff and Guest Artists The Production Manager oversees a production staff of twelve and is involved with the hiring of new production staff and temporary (overhire) production staff. The Production Manager is also responsible for hiring and contracting guest artists and other production-related personnel. In conjunction with the Administrator, the Production Manager manages payroll responsibilities for production staff and overhire staff including approving timesheets and leave requests, and generating and reviewing earnings and actuals.
Coordinate Production Schedules, Permissions, Budgets, and Facilities The Production Manager schedules venues, rehearsal spaces, auditions, rehearsals, openings, outside events, production meetings, design meetings, production staff meetings, deadlines, and guest artists. The Production Manager procures royalties and distributes scripts for the School’s season. The Production Manager budgets for all aspects of production including materials, time management of labor resources, facilities’ needs, guest artists, and royalties. The Production Manager reports on production-related budgets and, in conjunction with the Administrator, generates budget reports to inform decision-making within the School. The Production Manager communicates with students, faculty, and staff on matters related to production schedules, budgets, and processes. The Production Manager works with other staff to accommodate guest artists. The Production Manager collaborates with Engagement staff to ensure successful house management and theatre safety. The Production Manager participates in School administrative meetings and serves on the School’s safety committee.
The Production Manager leads long-term strategic planning of School facilities. The Production Manager liaises with Music, Dance, DXArts, Capital Projects, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, the UW Arts Ticket Office, and other campus programs and offices in relation to shared productions, budgets, facilities, staff, and equipment. The Production Manager liaises with professional theatres in the Puget Sound region about equipment rentals/sharing as well as in recruiting overhire staff and guest artists. The Production Manager manages the rental of School facilities and equipment to outside groups during the academic year and summer.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of 2 years of higher education or equivalent
Minimum of 4 years of professional experience in production for theatre or other forms of live performance
Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
Demonstrated ability to adopt new technologies and administrative systems
Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
Strong written, digital, and oral communication skills, including diplomacy and discretion
Agility, adaptability, and creativity in new and evolving situations
Ability to work independently, professionally, and proactively with a high degree of reliability and accuracy
Collaborative work style and ability to work well in a diverse workplace with a wide range of skill sets
Proven organizational and multi-tasking skills in a fast-paced, demanding environment
Broad understanding of the arts, artists, and the artistic process
Experience in an institution of higher education
Curiosity and imagination
Sense of humor
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