Available January 2019
About Theatre for a New Audience
Founded in 1979, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is an award-winning off-Broadway LORT C theatre whose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama alongside other new work. TFANA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.
Values and Strategies:
We are guided in our work by five core values: a reverence for language, a spirit of adventure, a commitment to diversity, a dedication to learning, and a spirit of service. These values inform what we do with artists, how we interact with audiences, and how we manage our organization. Language is at the heart of all we do. We focus on the language and ideas of writers. We believe that hearing great language powerfully expressed improves our listening skills, opens our eyes, and deepens our perception and understanding of the world around us. We infuse our work with adventure—provocative ideas, visual boldness, and a sense that we are on a lifelong journey with Shakespeare and classic drama. We are committed to diversity—diverse approaches to dramatic material, diversity on our staff, in our casting and audiences, and multifaceted relationships with uniquely different communities. Learning is a fundamental principle of the Theatre, and we value learning as a process that takes place over time—a process that depends on our ability to promote curiosity, reflection, study, research and dialogue in all our work. We are dedicated to service. Inspired by our civic role, we seek to create broad public access and to bond the diverse New York community through the language, pleasure and ideas of classical drama. To advance our mission and values, Theatre for a New Audience:
- produces Shakespeare side by side with other plays of classic stature and major contemporary plays, creating a dialogue over centuries between Shakespeare and other authors about our contemporary world;
- builds long-term associations with artists and offers programs for their growth and ongoing development;
- promotes the humanities by presenting dynamic discussions with leading artists and intellects in a variety of fields in conjunction with the plays we present;
- programs for wide-ranging audiences—from connoisseurs of diverse repertory to young people who are seeing groundbreaking productions for the first time;
- promotes access for diverse audiences by offering economically-priced tickets;
- provides rich arts-in-education programs, including teacher training and one of the largest in-depth program in New York City to introduce Shakespeare to Public School students;
- uses its facilities and intellectual resources to serve the local artistic, educational and social communities where the Theatre operates, and contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships
Based in Brooklyn at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the Production Manager is a key member of TFANA’s production and building operations team, managing the physical production and logistics of TFANA’s productions/events and theatrical equipment for productions and rentals. The production manager reports directly to the General Manager.
- Work with General Manager and Associate Producer on receiving, analyzing, and bidding out, and managing the physical production designs/logistics for all TFANA productions, studio projects, rentals, and events.
- Work closely with a technical director on the creation of construction drawings for TFANA productions.
- Manage and oversee load-in, strike, load-out, and run crew hired by TFANA.
- Work with General Manager and Associate Producer on budget tracking and the planning of production expendtures.
- Work with Facilities Manager on building usage/scheduling, security, and site protection.
- Organize and take the lead on both internal and external production related meetings, calendars, deadlines, and all other physical production related logistics.
Qualifications & Traits
- 3+ years of experience working in theatre as a production manager, production supervisor, technical director or other related field.
- Experience working with Auto-CAD and VectorWorks required.
- Knowledge of NYC theatrical production vendors a plus.
- Strong organizational, management, team building, collaboration, budgeting, and administrative skills.
- Knowledge of NYC fire and building codes a plus.
- Must be available for evening and weekend hours as needed.
- Effective communicator with a sharp eye for detail and logistics.
- Computer and internet proficiency – specific proficiency in the Microsoft suite necessary.
- Proven organizational skills and an ability to multi-task.
- Track record of negotiating personalities with patience and professionalism.
- A positive open mind to new ways of working and a sympathetic approach to people working under pressure in an artistic environment.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions within the nonprofit Off-Broadway field. Benefits include medical, life, long-term disability insurance, and paid time off.
Applicants for this position should send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to
PLEASE PUT “Production Manager Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.
Production Manager Search
Theatre for a New Audience
154 Christopher Street, Suite 3D
New York, New York 10014
Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.