Director of Production (Regular/Full-time)
Reports To: Managing Director
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time
The Alliance Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relations efforts, education programs, recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors.
The Alliance Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Director of Production is a senior staff member and reports directly to the Managing Director in support of the mission of the theatre and the artistic vision of the Artistic Director. The Director of Production is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Production Department, ensuring that all Alliance productions are executed within budget in a safe, efficient, and timely manner while maintaining artistic excellence and integrity.
Alliance Theatre is a Tony award-winning regional theatre, producing 12 plays each season across three stages: the 650-seat LORT B Coca-Cola Stage, the 200-seat LORT D Hertz Stage, and the 350-seat TYA Rich Theatre. Alliance productions encompass a wide range of subjects and aesthetics, including intimate dramas, plays for youth & families, and Broadway-bound musicals. The annual operating budget is approximately $16M. The Alliance is an arts partner of the Woodruff Arts Center, one of the largest arts centers in the world, which is also home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. The Woodruff Arts Center has an annual operating budget of approximately $100M and serves over 800,000 patrons annually.
The Director of Production, in close collaboration with the production department heads, oversees 40+ full-time staff members as they plan for, build, rehearse, run, and support every production. Responsibilities include budget creation and oversight, negotiating and executing designer contracts, departmental recruitment and hiring, and supervision of the production calendar. Direct reports include the Technical Director, Stage Operations Manager, Props Manager, Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe, Lighting & Projections Department Director, Resident Sound Designer, Assistant Production Manager, and Stage Management staff. The Director of Production works closely with the theatre’s leadership to ensure the balance of artistic quality, personnel, budget, and schedule.
Applicants should be highly collaborative, have a deep understanding of the artistic process, possess at least five years production management experience, and have excellent leadership skills. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Varies; Monday-Friday, 9AM-6PM, with additional hours and days as needed.
• Available to work nights and weekends.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Planning & Budgeting:
• Work with Senior Staff and Production staff on season planning, scheduling and budgeting.
• Create and oversee the annual production department budget as well as individual show budgets; maintain expenses within the production budgets of all productions.
• Develop and maintain fiscally sound production departmental budgets based on departmental goals and organizational needs.
• Participate in monthly reconciliation of expense budgets and maintain strict cost controls to ensure adherence to budgetary limitations.
• Plan for long-range facilities, equipment, and personnel needs.
• Be an active voice in the Senior Staff leadership of the organization.
• Help to achieve the artistic goals of the theatre.
• Oversee each production from conceptual production meetings to closing performance. Monitor and communicate closely with all members of the production department during all phases of the design and build process. Read all rehearsal and performance reports and ensure that all notes are addressed in a timely manner.
• Serve as main point of contact for Alliance Theatre designers, communicating and collaborating to ensure that their designs can be achieved given the available resources. Ensure that cost outs of production designs occur in a timely manner.
• Attend production meetings, tech note sessions, run-throughs, tech and dress rehearsals, and preview performances, as necessary.
• Serve as liaison between the Alliance and guest artists during tech rehearsals and previews, to maintain high quality and make decisions regarding labor and budget constraints.
• Collaborate with theatre leadership on rentals and other events.
• Recruit, hire, and supervise production department heads. Direct reports include the Technical Director, Stage Operations Manager, Props Manager, Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe, Lighting & Projections Department Director, Resident Sound Designer, Assistant Production Manager, and Stage Management staff.
• Negotiate and execute designer contracts for USA and non-union designers. Ensure adherence to union regulations.
• Serve as liaison between production department and other theatre staff, as well as external partners, including commercial producers & general managers and Board members.
• Plan and execute production needs for any off-site productions, including coordinating and communicating with outside vendors.
• Address production facilities needs to the Woodruff Arts Center.
• Oversee general safety and ensure compliance with safety regulations.
• Provide production input and support for in-house functions and special events.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
• At least five years of experience in production management.
• Experience supervising all areas of technical production (scenery, stage operations, properties, costumes, lighting & projections, sound, and stage management).
• Theatre experience of a similar size and scale is strongly preferred.
• Experience building collaborative relationships with people across diverse backgrounds and personalities.
• Must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license.
Skills and Abilities:
• Comprehensive knowledge of theatre production processes. Ability to determine and maintain production quality standards for all shows.
• A thorough understanding of the design and rehearsal process.
• Ability to drive strong time management and work flow methods.
• Fluency in technical language and working knowledge of technical software (Vectorworks, AutoCAD) and processes.
• Strong leadership skills in setting direction and bringing people on board.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills with supervisors, peers and subordinates.
• Ability to foster a safe, humane, collaborative, organized, respectful, and energized work environment with a positive attitude and a sense of humor.
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing priorities and deadlines.
• Attentive to detail, accountable and deadline oriented.
• Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, & Outlook.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 40 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• Work days may be long and may include long period of time either sitting or standing.