Production Manager, Theatrical Productions and Events

Washington DC
Dec 18, 2018
Jan 31, 2019
Full Time

The 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 in theaters and event spaces. 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 or provide guidance as in-house production designer for major fund-raising events of the Kennedy Center and occasionally collaborate on general aesthetics of some stage presentations and outside events.

Duties and Responsibilities:

60% As Production Manager for theatrical productions, including touring Broadway attractions, Award/Variety type television shows, 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.

20% 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; collaborate on the design of 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 10 years in professional 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 Vector works is very helpful.

  • Knowledge of ArtsVision software for production and programming calendars a plus.

  • Excellent organizational, communication and financial management skills as well as supervisory experience is necessary in order to successfully and efficiently facilitate the duties of a senior manager in this department. Department projects and productions span from small to very large inter-department festivals, attractions, and events.

  • The ability to work well under pressure, and prioritize in a multi-task environment is essential. Must be able to translate the artistic and financial concerns of the Kennedy Center while ensuring the safe and successful mounting of productions or presentations.

Work Environment

This is a very busy, fast-paced environment which requires flexibility in adjusting to changing priorities and demands. Safety, guest service and teamwork are primary values in this Department.

The sound and light levels in the work environment, particularly for theatrical events, can vary greatly. Senior Production Managers must be capable of dealing with while monitoring work environments where it is loud, dusty, variable lighting levels, and where many distractions happen simultaneously.

Occasional travel to observe complex productions is a possibility.

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. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

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