Production Manager for Theatrical Productions and Events

Washington D.C.
Apr 27, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Full Time

The Kennedy Center, a world class performing arts center located in Washington, D.C. is seeking a Production Manager for Theater and Events.  Primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate the presentation and/or production of performances and events presented by and/or at the Kennedy Center.  This position primarily manages and administers production operation details of multiple productions and events with many occurring at the same time or in close sequence to each other.  The Production Manager will be responsible for creatively solving production problems while working within the guidelines of labor agreements, existing inventory, and available schedule; and in keeping with the policies, procedures, and standards of the Kennedy Center.  The Production Manager will also at times serve as in-house production designer for major fund-raising events of the Kennedy Center and general aesthetic designer of some stage presentations and outside events.

 Department:  Production Operations

Direct ReportingVice President, Production (VP)

Works Closely with:  VP, other Kennedy Center Production Managers, Kennedy Center Programming staff, Special Events staff, Touring Production’s staff, Kennedy Center Production technical staff, Facilities Department and Security Operations department.

Position Overview:   To plan and oversee all aspects of the day to day production and presentation of Theatrical and Special Events that are assigned.

Position Summary: 

  • Engage with staff, affiliates and production teams to lead and facilitate the production department’s involvement in produced and presented events.
  • Construct budgets and schedules for productions and events.
  • Support the programming and production needs of all departments.
  • Communicate with all departments to provide information regarding aspects of production plans.
  • Create schedules that will cost-effectively provide for the execution of performance and presentation in keeping with the policies, procedures, and standards of the Kennedy Center.
  • Determine crew work load and crew sizes for productions.
  • Communicate with Building Operations on day to day plant operation issues (heating, cooling, cleaning, water, and security) that affect performances and presentations.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

40%           Production Manages  theatrical productions, including touring Broadway attractions, international theater companies,  major and international ballet companies, as well as Kennedy Center productions, and rentals.  The Production Manager contacts artist and/or artist’s management to request technical information, receives technical forms and stage plots from programming staff, artists or traveling productions, and determines production needs, crew (Stagehands, wardrobe, hair and make-up) staffing, and schedule requirements. Serves as primary production liaison for all productions assigned. Maintains and disseminates technical specifications of the venue(s); reviews artist show contracts and technical specifications; provides production budgets, schedules, labor estimates; schedules crews; orders production equipment and supplies and reports trucking activities. Prepares and distributes production schedules to departments affiliated with presentations including: Programming , Security , Facilities and Theater Management.

40%            As Production Manager for internal and external special events: serve as production liaison for clients and artists : maintain and disseminate to perspective clients technical specifications of the venue(s); review artist show contracts and technical specifications; provide production budgets, schedules, and labor estimates; design scenic and lighting décor; and produce  appropriate plots.   Schedule crews; order production equipment and supplies; report trucking activities. . Prepare and distribute production schedules and layout plans including drawings of ground or space plans, to departments affiliated with presentations including, but not limited to: Programming, Security, Facilities and Theater Management.

15%            As Production Manager, oversees or acts as scenic and lighting designer for Kennedy Center events that may include: NSO Ball, Mark Twain Prize Gala, WNO Opening Gala; Chairman’s Lunch; Spring Gala; WNO Opera Ball, 4th of July Gala.  Works closely with Special Events staff to develop, construct and implement creative design.  Create appropriate scenic, lighting and seating plots, ensuring that the event is code compliant with respect to egress.   Work with vendors to produce scenic elements.  

5%              Provides administrative support in Production Operations and Maintenance; maintains event schedule; coordinates Building Service group set-ups & breakdowns; orders and tracks production equipment and supplies; assists Project Manager with yearly budget.


  • A minimum of 5-7 years in theatrical production management, technical production, stage management, and/or production design is required.
  • Bachelor's degree is required and experience in theatrical design or theatrical technical management is strongly recommended.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

  • Thorough working knowledge of all areas of theatrical production and presentation.
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.
  • Basic working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks is very helpful.
  • Knowledge of ArtsVision software for production and programming calendars a plus.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.


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