Production Manager

Job Summary

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival welcomes applications for our Production Manager. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, supervising and coordinating all production operations; designing and tracking production budgets; working with CSF leadership team to evaluate scenery, lighting, sound, and costume designs for all shows in terms of technical and budgetary feasibility;  hiring and supervising technical staff; hiring, supervising, and managing the CSF production internship program; serving as liaison between CSF and campus partners (including Dept. of Theatre & Dance). This position requires a high level of organization, attention to detail, ability to work with professional and student artists, excellent communication and “people” skills. The Production Manager is a key member of CSF’s leadership team, bringing new ideas, vision, and a commitment to evolving best practices for the organization as technology, artistry, and the theatre industry develop.  

Who we are

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958, the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.

CSF strives to preserve the classics of the past and pursue the classics of the future. Fueled by artistry and scholarship, the festival seeks to expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging, and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists.

What your key responsibilities will be

  • Manage the production budget and supervise purchasing for all technical departments, ensuring that all CSF productions maintain the highest possible standards of artistry, given budgetary limitations.
  • Coordinate all scheduling of space and production personnel.
  • Facilitate the flow of information and communication among all production departments.
  • Determine key efficiencies in personnel management.
  • Advise CSF leadership on industry union standards.
  • Work in partnership with Managing Director to continually improve CSF’s tracking of key data (labor, materials, injury frequency), ensuring that all relevant university policies and procedures are followed and that CSF is in full compliance (including policies related to procurement, hiring, safety, and property disposal). 
  • Negotiate and implement yearly update of interdepartmental MOU with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance.

Recruitment and Training

  • Identify and recruit top directors and designers for future hiring, as well as cultivate outstanding emerging technical talent.
  • Design and maintain production calendar and detailed labor tracking, in consultation with Producing Artistic Director and other department heads.
  • Hire and supervise all production leadership, seasonal staff, and production interns (approx. 71 positions yearly), including the Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, crew, and shop heads.
  • Hire, supervise, and manage the CSF Production Internship program.
  • Advise the Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director in matters of season planning, staffing needs, rehearsal and performance scheduling, and hiring.
  • Design and implement intern learning opportunities.
  • Train production staff on best practices for health and safety procedures.
  • Nurture and maintain strategic relationships with key industry professionals in areas of design, production, and safety best practices and implement findings into CSF processes. Approve scenic and lighting designs in consultation with other CSF leadership and designers. 
Logistics Management
  •  Ensure timely completion of construction of scenic elements, load-in, strike, lighting, and sound installation in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, University Theatre, and other spaces as needed.
  • Maintain on-going production consistency and the supervision of crew coverage for all performances.
  • Supervise and coordinate the load-in, strike, and proper restoration of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, the University Theatre and all shop and rehearsal spaces.
  • Manage rentals of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre during off-season.
  • Lead stage management in the planning and running of all summer productions.
  • Lead all production meetings.
  • Oversee the maintenance and improvement of CSF’s inventory of production materials (lighting, sound, costume, and scenic equipment).
  • Plan upgrades and maintenance protocols for CSF resources including storage, audience services structures, vehicles, and technical equipment.

What we can offer

The salary range for this position is $47,000 – 52,000/annually.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass.  The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.  Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


What we require:
  • BA in Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Production, or related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in technical theatre at a professional theatre company or higher education theatre department. 
  • At least 3 years of hands-on experience in two or more of the following: advanced carpentry, welding, rigging, and/or lighting installation.
  • Familiarity with sound and light operation, prop construction, costume, crafts, and stage weapons.
  • Skilled experience in budget forecasting, Microsoft Excel and Word, theatre industry drafting software.
What we’d like you to have:
  • MFA in Theatre Technology or similar discipline
  • 5 or more years of experience in technical theatre management at a professional company or higher education theatre department
  • 3 or more years of experience in a leadership position at a professional theatre company or higher education theatre department.
  • Prior experience as a Technical Director at a professional, outdoor theatre festival.
  • University teaching experience in theatre technology or similar discipline.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Application Materials Required

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-12242.
Please do not upload references at this time.


Please apply by Feb. 18, 2018.


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