Now Hiring: Production Manager, Carpenter/Technician, and Technical Intern

Production Manager

Contact: Tamsen Warner, Executive Director, twarner@operahouse.org

DESCRIPTION:

The Production Manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of production including hiring and supervision of production personnel and some artistic personnel (in conjunction with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director), working with directors and designers to ensure top quality productions and maintaining production budgets. 2 years experience in theatre production or as a member of a Production Management team required. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week for $14 – $15 per hour, reporting to the executive director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

OBTAIN RIGHTS – Secure the rights to present the play or musical from the royalty house or publisher-agent.

FINANCES – Supervise production budgets. The Production Manager will keep the Executive Director apprised of the status of the Production budget on a regular basis; overall expenses may not go over budget without approval of the Executive Director.

SCHEDULE – Develop and administer production calendars and design deadlines for each production. Determine load-in and tech schedules for the stage. Schedule all design and production meetings.  Ensure that rehearsal schedule does not conflict with other events scheduled in shared facility spaces.

DESIGN PROCESS AND ANALYSIS – Read and analyze scripts. Develop working relationships with area designers, production managers, technicians, and actively scout new talent in an effort to bring projects, designers, directors, or other artists to the artistic team’s attention.  Ensure timely completion of all designs.  With the input of appropriate technical staff, analyze all designs submitted to determine feasibility of execution within the allotted time, money and personnel available.

MANAGING PRODUCTION PERSONNEL – Hire, contract and supervise, in consultation with the Artistic and/or Managing Director when appropriate, all production staff and contractors including, but not limited to: designers, electricians, carpenters, stage managers, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, running crew, and any additional personnel required for specific production needs.

PRODUCTION LIAISON – Facilitate clear communications throughout the production process, and act as a liaison between directors, designers, stage managers, and MTC production and administrative staff. Included but not limited to: Coordinate and conduct all design and production meetings. Attend first read through, designer run and technical rehearsals. Maintain department contact information and show rosters.

DEPARTMENT SUPPORT – As necessary, support productions with hands-on projects including (but not limited to) special effects, video and projections, assisting with stage work, purchasing, sourcing, and researching materials and techniques. Maintain a safe work environment at all times. Address safety hazards with appropriate personnel promptly.

HUMAN RESOURCES – Production Manager is responsible for HR documentation for all production personnel and some artistic, including but not limited to preparing contracts and collecting tax forms.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of two years experience in theatre production or as a member of a Production Management team
  • Broad understanding of all aspects of technical theatre
  • Experience negotiating and acting as mediator in artistic and technical discussions
  • Experience in monitoring and adhering to budgets
  • Experience overseeing production calendars and schedules
  • Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and design
  • Able to lift 40lb, climb ladders, and perform manual labor on an occasional basis
  • Possess excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience reading ground plans, light plots and other theatrical specifications a plus
  • Able to work well with all those in charge of the various areas of the production (director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, musical director, choreographer, technical director, stage manager, etc.) to form a highly motivated and collaborative production team
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to manage shifting and competing priorities while exercising good judgment and discretion, and maintain a positive attitude in stressful environments are all essential attributes
  • Night and weekend hours are required.

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter, resume and references to twarner@operahouse.org; include “PM search” in the subject line.

 

Carpenter/Technician

Contact: Tony Gerow, tgerow@operahouse.org

DESCRIPTION:

The Waterville Opera House is hiring a part-time Carpenter/Technician to assist with building scenery, setting up, turning and striking shows, along with day-to-day facility maintenance. This position averages 20 hours per week for $12 – $13 per hour and reports to the Technical Director.  Availability on weekends and evenings is a must.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build Scenery and props as directed
  • Perform scenic and properties maintenance for shows
  • Responsible for running technical elements of HD Broadcast Series
  • Coordinate the integration of production elements onto the stage, including specific responsibility to scenery, properties, and all rigged elements
  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining safe practices and procedures
  • Act as running crew for performances
  • Working with the Technical Director, implement all rigging needs
  • Ensure the ongoing maintenance, and safe operation of, the stage space and scenic shop
  • Oversee and run scene transitions and production changeovers
  • Load in/out of concerts and other events
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

 The successful candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of carpentry experience
  • Ability to lift and carry 60 pounds
  • Experience and comfort using ladders and lifts
  • Ability to read groundplans, sections, light plots, and other theatrical specifications
  • Experience in a theatrical scenic environment and/or knowledge of rigging is a plus
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong interest in being part of a team creating performing arts events
  • Motivation to learn

Excellent communication and time management skills, the ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, exercise good judgment and discretion, and maintain a positive attitude in stressful environments are all essential attributes. Night and weekend hours are required.

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter, resume and references to Tony Gerow, Technical Director at tgerow@operahouse.org include “CT search” in the subject line.

 

Technical Intern

Contact: Tony Gerow, tgerow@operahouse.org

DESCRIPTION:

The Waterville Opera House is looking to hire a technical intern to help assist with show setup and strike, along with day-to-day facility maintenance. The individual will be expected to assist the staff of the Waterville Opera House with a professional and enthusiastic demeanor.

Position runs from October through June and hours are flexible

Prior experience working in a theatrical setting is not mandatory.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist technical director and all technical staff with tasks as needed
  • Clean, organize, and perform maintenance on equipment
  • Assist incoming acts with load in and load outs
  • Updating marquee
  • Hanging and focusing theatrical lighting
  • Act as run crew for performances as available
  • Other tasks as necessary.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Lift upwards of 30 pounds,
  • Feel comfortable on ladders and with heights,
  • Have a solid interest in theatre, event production, and the arts

There will be many learning opportunities for anyone interested in technical theater production.  There may also be opportunities to take on more responsibility during shows, as availability allows.

The internship will be approximately 10-15 hours per week, unpaid.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to Tony Gerow, Technical Director at tgerow@operahouse.org, include “TI Search” in the subject line and be sure to include contact information, availability on an average week, and past work experience, if applicable.

 

Now Hiring for our 2017-2018 Season!

If you’re interested in collaborating with us on an upcoming play or musical, please email Tamsen Brooke Warner, Executive Director at twarner@operahouse.org

All positions are paid stipends.

 

Lighting Designers

Steel Magnolias – opening January 26, 2018

 

Costume Designers

Annie – opening December 1, 2017

The Producers – opening April 1, 2018

Seussical – opening June 15, 2018

 

Scenic Painters

Annie – opening December 1, 2017

Steel Magnolias – opening January 26, 2018

The Producers – opening April 6, 2018

Seussical – opening June 15, 2018

 

Props Master

Annie – opening December 1, 2017

Steel Magnolias – opening January 26, 2018

The Producers – opening April 6, 2018

Seussical – opening June 15, 2018