Conservatory Production Manager

Conservatory Production Manager

CATEGORY: Administrative

American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, CA

Job Details


STATUS: Fulltime/Regular/Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Production
SALARY: DOE + Benefits

  Scope: American Conservatory Theater (LORT A) in San Francisco, seeks a Conservatory Production Manager to run the Conservatory production department. The Conservatory, led by Melissa Smith, now serves 3,000 students every year. It was the first actor training program in the United States not affiliated with a college or university accredited to award a master of fine arts degree. Danny Glover, Annette Bening, Denzel Washington, Benjamin Bratt, and Anika Noni Rose are among the conservatory's distinguished former students. With its commitment to excellence in actor training and to the relationship between training, performance, and audience, the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program has moved to the forefront of America's actor training programs, while serving as the creative engine of the company at large. The Conservatory is made up of the MFA program, Young Conservatory and the Education departments.



·         Oversee the realization of all physical production elements for the productions and events related to the Master of Fine Arts program, Young Conservatory and Education Departments on and off A.C.T’s campus.

·         Supervise Conservatory production team including Production & Design Associates.

·         Hire, supervise and support Stage Managers, Designers, Stage Management Fellows and Technicians.

·         Oversee and manage the Conservatory production budgets and schedules. 

·         Perform work for all productions including budget creation, hiring, scheduling, paperwork prep, production meetings, processing production payroll, equipment rentals and scheduling of technical staff and crew.

·         Plan, oversee and execute the annual showcase event for the MFA program which includes travel to LA and NYC.

·         Plan, oversee and execute festivals associated with the Conservatory and touring education programs.

·         Work closely with each program director, visiting artists, designers, faculty guest directors, union and non-union technicians, wardrobe personnel, and stage managers to present the highest quality shows and events with the resources allocated.

·         Work with A.C.T shops including but not limited to costume, wigs and prop shops to support Conservatory programs.

·         Work with A.C.T departments such as front of house, facilities, box office, marketing, development to ensure the success of Conservatory programs. 

·         Participate in Conservatory season planning and programming.

·         Production manage other A.C.T events and rentals as assigned by the Director of Production.

Qualifications, Education and Experience:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in technical theater or equivalent work experience.

·         Work experience in university production management or stage management desired.

·         Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.

  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills.  
  • Experience managing expenditures and creating budgets, creating schedules and meeting deadlines
  • Experience reading and interpreting drawings and other technical materials
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word and PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of Autocad and/or Vectorworks desirable
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record required.
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to reach above head, lift up to 30 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.

Ability to:
  • Interact with a diverse group of constituents including faculty, administrative staff, technical crews and students.
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Understand the concept of educational theatre production and the working learning environment.
  • Travel between any/all A.C.T. locations and other assigned local travel
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required
To Apply: Send cover letter including salary requirements, resume and references to Conservatory Production Manager Search at

Deadline: Position available immediately. Open till filled.

Diversity makes us stronger. A.C.T. is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment that is reflective of the San Francisco Bay Area. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.



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