POSITION: Production Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Seasonal - Full Time
REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Operations
SUPERVISES: Production Staff and Assistant Production Managers
LOCATION: Williamstown, MA
COMPENSATION: $1100-$1400 Weekly
HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until filled with a priority application deadline of 1/12/2024. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting 1/15/2024 with an anticipated start date of 02/05/2024 for part-time work and full-time work beginning on 06/03/24 and end date of 8/17/24.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival, renowned for its commitment to artistic excellence, is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to join our team as the Production Manager for the 2024 Season. As a department head within the production department, this position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead the production process and mentor a team of talented emerging technicians.
Reporting to the Director of Production and Operations, the Production Manager will play a crucial role in shaping the operation of our productions and ensuring the seamless execution of the technical aspects. This position will begin remotely on a part-time basis on 02/05/24 and full-time in-person on 06/03/24.
Production Management and Execution:
- Manage the design, planning, and execution of all production elements through collaboration with various festival departments and day-to-day management of the production process through on-site supervision in the theater.
- Facilitate the department heads’ process of creating repertory plots, ground plans, and design frameworks for 3 theaters (Mainstage, Center Stage, and Directing Studio) that will serve and enhance the artistic vision of multiple productions in each venue.
- Oversee the production departments’ creation, installation, programming, and operation of technical elements during load-in, technical rehearsals, and performances.
- Assist with the load-in and load-out of campus spaces including offices and workspaces, counting of equipment, and storage of items for off-season.
- Lead the hiring process for two Assistant Production Managers and the team of Staff Technicians who will serve in various technical roles throughout the summer.
- Supervise and lead the technical staff team, providing guidance and support to ensure a collaborative and efficient working environment.
- Host production meetings and distribute information via email in order to ensure all production team members are properly informed.
- Provide training and mentorship to technical staff team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and skill development through reviewing and editing paperwork, providing guidance on best practices, and sharing professional experience.
- Supervise a group of general technical staff, schedule individual projects as needed, and oversee the integration of them into the various production departments.
- Set weekly working hours for technical staff, coordinate overtime needs and time off requests, and manage weekly staff hours approval.
- Track production budgets, organize rentals, materials purchasing, and any required equipment maintenance in collaboration with production department heads.
- Ensure that safe working practices are maintained in any facilities used by all production staff. Follow all festival safety protocols.
- Partake in season debrief meetings and create documentation of notes that will better serve the position and production management department next summer.
- Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees, and whose suggestions and recommendations as to the advancement, promotion, or any other change of status of other employees are given particular weight.
- The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not require a specific number of years of experience or have a minimum for educational credentials.
- Proven experience in a management role in a professional theatre setting with demonstrated success in executing the process for a variety of theatrical productions with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to artistic excellence.
- Technical drafting ability preferred.
- Knowledge of a wide range of theatrical equipment and technologies.
- Strong leadership, interpersonal, and management skills, with a track record of leading diverse teams through a supportive and collaborative approach to management.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic production environment, with the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timelines.
- Must be able to work long shifts on their feet.
- An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
About Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together for 68 years to create a thrilling summer festival of world premiere work alongside fresh, new revivals. New plays and musicals commissioned, developed, and produced at the Festival fill theaters around the world. In recent years, WTF has been represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Grand Horizons, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, among others. Cost of Living, which premiered at WTF, received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Learn more at wtfestival.org.
Working and Living in Williamstown
Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season takes place on the beautiful campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA with backdrops of the Berkshire, Green, and Taconic mountain ranges. Williamstown, MA (estimated pop. 7,813) is located in Berkshire County (estimated pop. 128,657) in Western Massachusetts and is an hour’s drive from Albany, NY and 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA.
The Williams College campus and the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance are within walking distance of Spring Street, which has several restaurants with dine-in and takeout options, a pharmacy, a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a movie theater, and several stores. The nearest grocery store is a 10-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance. Having a personal vehicle does provide more flexibility in grocery-shopping and expands dining and activities options. For those who bring vehicles, parking is free at designated locations on Williams campus with a parking pass. For a list of all the things to do and see in Williamstown and the Northern Berkshires, visit DestinationWilliamstown.org.
All seasonal staff are provided housing free of charge on campus at Williams College. Housing is dorm-style with private bedrooms and shared common areas, including bathroom and kitchen. Williams College housing is not air-conditioned. Weather ranges from evenings on the cooler side but can also be quite warm with temperatures in the 90s with high humidity.
We acknowledge that Williamstown Theatre Festival is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) located in a county that is 91% white, according to the US Census Bureau. We are actively engaged in the work of becoming a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive institution that not only welcomes BIPOC artists and staff but nurtures an environment that allows everyone to thrive. More specific actions on these efforts can be found in our Progress Report on our website: https://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We believe that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Therefore, WTF is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.