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Interim Theatre Production Manager

Villanova University
Post Date: Nov 4, 2019

The Interim Production Manager works closely with the Villanova Theatre Department’s (VTD) Artistic Director and by extension VTD Chair and directly oversees: VTD theatre production department; author, direct and execute VTD’s operational and strategic plan re: theatrical presentations, production related student learning objectives, artistic and pedagogical vision for productions and studio work; maintain cross organizational/ cross functional relationships to accomplish production goals; project manage all VTD production aspects for four (4) mainstage Vasey Theatre productions, one (1) Vasey Studio show, one (1) New Works staged reading; responsible for internal and external management of the VTD production staff (i.e., VTD resident staff, production designers, directors, run crews, consultants, student work-study, etc.).

The individual in this position ensures efficient and professional operations of VTD productions; calendar and maintain (e.g., deadline adherence) production dates; budget, and administer production budgets; coordinate production communications and logistics with Villanova University (VU) Facilities Department and other VU academic departments; coordinate and approve Vasey theatre booking requests, negotiate all creative personnel and other over-hire contracts.

Maintain ongoing affiliations with area professional and academic theatres.

Other Duties include:

• Act as company manager for all productions
• Supervise student stage manager training
• Oversee VTD’s teaching spaces [one (1) theatre and two (2) studios] re: VTD equipment maintenance and safety
• Member of VTD Season Selection Committee
• Member of VTD Production Committee
• Administer VTD Green Room Coffee Chats
• Attend Callbacks, Openings, and other departmental functions (as required)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directly oversee VTD theatre production department; author, direct, and execute VTD’s operational and strategic production plan, implement VTD’s artistic and pedagogical vision and direction for productions and studio work.
  • Ensure efficient, professional, and safe operations of VTD productions; calendar/maintain production dates; budget, forecast, and administer production budgets.
  • Supervise directly Costume Shop Manager, Technical Director, Prop Shop Manager/Scenic Charge, Production Designers, Production Creative Artists, Stage Management Consultant, Production Technicians, and Assistant Production Manager.
  • Supervise indirectly Directors, Cutter/Draper, Production Build Staff, Production Run Personnel, Music Directors, and Musicians.
  • Negotiate all creative personnel and other over-hire contracts; facilitate production design meetings and deadline adherence, coordinate and approve Vasey theatre booking requests; attend four (4) callbacks; assist with casting challenges; resolve director, cast, and running crew challenges/conflicts, orient all cast/production personnel at first rehearsals.
  • Supervise tech week, previews, and openings.
  • Author/Assist in the writing and revising of theatre documents (e.g., VTD Production Best Practices documents, designer/over-hire contracts, VTD Student Handbook, Director guidelines, scholar and assistant contracts).

Minimum Qualifications:

B.A. required

Theatrical production practices and procedures including relevant software and technical knowledge.    

Ten (10) years professional theatre production experience, five (5) years academic theatre experience. Ongoing affiliations with area professional and university theatres are beneficial to VTD, through shared resources and career-building contacts for our students.

Must be an excellent communicator within an academic environment with an ability to instruct and supervise creative personnel, undergrad/graduate students, and production staff members.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.F.A., M.B.A. /M.P.A., or M.A. in Theatre preferred.

M/S Office Suite, G Suite, Mac O/S Vectorworks, Q-lab, Dropbox/One Drive, Photoshop, Standard Theatrical Scenery, Costume, Light, and Sound Equipment Practices.


EEO Statement

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

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How to Apply

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Program Coordinator Kevin Esmond at kevin.esmond@villanvoa.edu to apply.