TITLE: Director of Production
STATUS: Full Time, Annual, Exempt
PAY RANGE: $108,000-$118,000
SUPERVISOR: Artistic Director
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2024
ABOUT VILLAGE THEATRE
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, WA, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region’s best-attended theatres, with pre-Covid numbers reflecting just over 18,000 Mainstage season subscribers and 220,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having supported the creation of over 175 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its Youth Education programs, serving over 56,000 young people and their families annually.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY
Theatre lies at the intersection of storytelling and community. The stories we tell represent and influence our shared human experience. We believe that to tell these stories authentically, it is essential to employ equitable practices that are inclusive of and led by a diverse and culturally rich community. Village Theatre has a responsibility to mindfully support and design the impact these stories have on the audiences we serve, the artists we engage, the students we nurture, and the staff we entrust. Centering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in our work allows us to create a storytelling space that welcomes, celebrates, and honors all people.
More information about our journey to be an anti-racist organization and our DEIA Committee can be found here: https://villagetheatre.org/deia/
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Director of Production is responsible for supervisingall aspects of the production department in order to bring Village Theatre productions successfully to the stage. They are the hub of communication within the production department, across all departments and with creative teams for all aspects of the production department. The Director of Production collaborates with the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and all department heads to create and monitor fiscally responsible budgets and staffing plans to maintain the artistic excellence of Village Theatre’s mission, vision, and values. While their primary responsibility is in oversight of the production department and the mainstage season, they also ensure that the production department supports the work and facilities of the education and new works programs (each of which has production managers of their own). This person is highly dedicated to amplifying the DEIA goals of the theatre. This position requires night and weekend work, typically scheduled in advance.
- Sets standards, policies, and expectations for Production Department success. Ensures Village Theatre’s season is delivered safely, on-time, within budget, and with artistic excellence.
- Provides top level management of all physical aspects of assigned projects: monitors design process checkpoints and takes action as appropriate in order to facilitate timely design deliverables.
- Directly supervises and collaborates with key staff members. As of the date of this posting, this includes supervising a Production Manager, Technical Director, Director of Costumes, Technical Coordinator (Everett), a Resident Stage Manager, a two-person Company Management/COVID Safety team, and mainstage Stage Managers. As of the date of this posting, collaborates closely with two Production Managers in the Youth Education program, the Resident Music Supervisor, the Associate Artistic Director, the Director of Operations, the Director of Finance, and other administrative Directors as needed.
- Provides overall supervision to all Production Departments and stakeholders: creative team members, Scenery, Stage ops, Props, Costumes, Wardrobe, Hair and Makeup, Lighting, Video, Sound and Stage Management. Ensures staff and managers uphold Village Theatre’s mission and values, follow Village Theatre processes, policies and practices, and adhere to Village Theatre’s safety procedures.
- Advises on and adheres to standards and policies for recruitment, hiring, performance reviews, progressive discipline, and the on-boarding and off-boarding processes of staff, creative team members and volunteers.
- Oversees administrative systems such as annual budgeting for the Production Department and capital expenditure planning for the Production Department.
- Models and supports the Mission and Values of Village Theatreby showing commitment to work toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, creating a space of belonging for all audiences and employees.
- Serves as team member in all Collective Bargaining processes.
- Serves on the Village Theatre Management Team and contributes to planning the future direction of the organization; carries out the organizational goals/vision/values.
- Ensures consistent administration of the Production electronic file storage (shared folders, etc), and all applicable systems.
- Leader in Village Theatre season scheduling. Sets milestone due dates to keep season planning on track.
- Collaborates with the production management, contracting, and artistic teams in creative team selection, booking, and contracting, including the negotiation, preparation and execution of director, choreographer, and designer contracts. Supervises Company Management in the preparation and execution of actor and stage manager contracts.
- Provides leadership; making key decisions within the Production Department when consensus cannot be reached and Executive Leadership approval is not required.
- Ensures all productions and their designs adhere to safety protocols. Ensures local authorities are communicated with and all regulatory requirements are met for fire, special effects, etc.
- Key leader in collaborating on the response to emergency situations as necessitated by events such as pandemics, power outages, wildfire, floods and/or lightning.
- Advocates for and supports capital projects and equipment within the Production area.
- Supervises production process for remounts, transfers, and co-productions.
YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Extensive professional production management or technical leader experience in which supervising employees was a key part of the work.
Experience managing unionized staff. Rep or touring experience is a bonus.
Qualifications/skills: Deep understanding of the theater making process, superior skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel); advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets and Internet collaboration tools. Expertise in managing union relationships. Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and design. Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages. Thorough knowledge of theatrical safety conventions and laws. General knowledge of all theater crafts – scenic construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, lighting, sound, and props.
Salary for this position ranges between $108,000-$118,000.
Additionally, Village Theatre offers a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurance; 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer match; paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick time; Flexible Spending Account; Life and AD&D insurance. Additional information, such as waiting periods and premium rates, will be made available to final candidates.
Village Theatre is committed to equitable hiring practices that center the matching of skills, interests and learned experience over education requirements and previous employment. All applications will be redacted to provide anonymity for the candidate, then reviewed by a diverse hiring committee consisting of at least three individuals. The committee will create a rubric for assessment using the criteria from the job description. The committee will make recommendations on who should move on to the interview process based on the assessment.
Candidates who are asked to interview can expect a conversational, non-confrontational environment focused on questions that speak to experiences. We wish to remove any barriers to interviewing for our candidates and as such, interviews can be in person or over zoom, and at a time of day that works for the candidate. We will ask about and will meet accessibility needs. Following an interview process, every candidate interviewed will receive a phone call to share the outcome.
To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of Production” and your last name in the subject line. PDF Format is preferred. No phone calls, please.