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Theatre and Production Manager

Date: April, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Department Chair
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

This position provides professional services related to the management of the Theatre of the Arts and to Drama productions, both course-related and non-course-related.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Manages rental and related services for the Theatre of the Arts. Duties include but are not limited to the following:


2.  Provides instructional support in production management for Drama courses as required, under the general pedagogical oversight of the relevant course instructors. Duties include but are not limited to the following:


3.  Provides production management support for Drama productions related to and in addition to course requirements:





Position Requirements


BA in related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Several years of experience in theatre production.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Basic Technical software potentially relevant to position: VectorWorks, Auto CAD, ETC ION Lighting Console, ETC Smartfade lighting console, social media

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Contact with others is typically to deal with, influence or motivate employees or groups of people, usually internal.
Internal contacts include the Chair, faculty, staff and students in the Department of Drama & Speech Communication, and other members of the University community, particularly those wishing to rent the Theatre of the Arts. Additional contacts include Payroll, Procurement, the Safety Office, Plant Operations, and other administrative units at uW.


External contacts are typically to collaborate, negotiate and ‘sell’ ideas. External contacts include those wishing to rent the Theatre of the Arts; potential audiences (e.g., high school teachers/classes) for Drama productions and members of the media; professional contacts to solicit participation in productions.

Level of Responsibility:

This position has specialized work with minimal supervision and has direct reports in the form of numerous student employees. Accountability includes maintaining safety standards in the Theatre for the protection of employees and audience members, and other users of the Theatre. The position must also influence and lead groups of various sizes (actors, technicians) in production protocols and requirements.

Decision-Making Authority:

Position is accountable for Theatre rental/scheduling decisions and for determining appropriate levels of staffing, lighting, and other specialized arrangements. The position works closely with faculty members in determining productions to be offered by the Drama department and in determining the production requirements, schedules (including rehearsals), and staffing.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Some physical demands as typical in theatre work. May include extensive standing, walking, climbing, lifting, carrying and/or handling objects.

Working Environment:

Travel:   none
Working hours: some work outside of regular hours is required due to production schedules.
Risks, physical and psychological: Some unavoidable exposure to dirt or dust, paints and other chemicals, and equipment, some of which may be hazardous.