Production Manager

Production Manager

CATEGORY: Technical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Production Manager. The Production Manager(s) work with Director of Production to manage the creative teams, design process, and the build, installation, technical rehearsal, run, and transfers of OSF productions.

This is a year-round, full-time, exempt position.

All OSF employees are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions - on stage and off. OSF company members work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Salary Rate: $1396.00/week

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  1. Provides top line project management of all physical aspects of approximately half of the main stage productions: monitors design process checkpoints and takes action as appropriate in order to facilitate timely design deliverables; ensures show builds are on time, in budget, and reppable; facilitates communication between the creative team and OSF stakeholders to ensure that everyone is working together towards the same goals; manages the technical rehearsal process.
  2. As a member of the Production Management Team, works collaboratively with the rest of the production management staff to support all OSF production activities, including providing assistance on unassigned shows.
  3. Attends Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, (ED&I) sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
  4. Models and supports the mission and values of OSF by:
    1. Demonstrating inclusive behavior.
    2. Maintaining a safe working environment free from any aggressions.
    3. Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder OSF’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
  5. Collaborates with the production management and artistic teams in creative team selection, booking, and contracting, including the negotiation, preparation and execution of designer contracts.
  6. Collaboratively manages of the OSF creative team design processes with the other Production Manager. On assigned shows, acts as first point of contact for creative team members in regards to scheduling, on boards creative team members as required, liaison and host for artists on campus.
  7. In concert with the production management team and production department managers, problem solves technical issues which arise during the planning, build, load-in, technical rehearsal, and changeover processes. Provides leadership throughout the process and makes key decisions when consensus cannot be reached.
  8. Ensures all productions and their designs adhere to safety protocols. Acts as liaison to local authorities and manages special effect processes as needed.
  9. Collaboratively manages Production related Season Central issues, data entry, and activities with the Director of Production and other Production Manager.
  10. Manages issues arising under the I.A.T.S.E. CBA in concert with the Director of Production.
  11. Schedules production activities into the OSF Central calendar. Acts as liaison for non-Production venue scheduling requests.
  12. Responds and organizes the response to emergency situations at the theaters as necessitated by the events including power outages, wildfire smoke, floods and/or lightning.
  13. In concert with the Director of Production and other Production Manager, performs various administrative duties for Production Department and shows including but not limited to: running production meetings, administering cloud storage solutions, creating and distributing tech rehearsal schedules, orientation materials, notes, and running staff meetings.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Assists Director of Production with seasonal budget creation.
  2. Participates and advises in the season selection process.
  3. Interfaces with donors.
  4. Acts as ad-hoc supervisor to all production department personnel when necessary, authorizing overtime, meal penalties, and other scheduling changes as well as recommending disciplinary action.
  5. Steps in to fulfill vital functions when Director of Production is absent.
  6. Serves as back-up production manager on shows not assigned.
  7. Supports special events which occur on-stage and involve OSF production staff such as community productions events, readings, memorials, etc.
  8. Other duties as required by Director of Production.



Work Experience: 5 years professional technical theater experience. A Master’s degree in theater may be considered in lieu of three years of professional experience.

Qualifications/skills: Deep understanding of the theater making process, superior skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) on a PC; advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets and internet collaboration tools. Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regards to staffing, budgeting and design. Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages. Thorough knowledge of theatrical safety conventions and laws. General knowledge of all theater crafts – scenic construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, lighting, sound, and props. Superior written and verbal communication skills (English primarily). Strong math skills. Ability to manage employee relations with a wide variety of staff with diverse backgrounds.

Physical Ability: Ability to perform administrative work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day. Ability transfer to the theaters and monitor tech rehearsals (typically sitting in theater seats while using a laptop) for extended periods of time, up to 14 hours a day.

Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge: Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously. The ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, exercise good judgment and discretion; flexibility in projects and schedule; attention to detail. Ability to execute projects efficiently and according to schedule. Ability to work independently and to maintain a positive work atmosphere.

Special Hours Requirements: Work schedule varies and includes frequent evening and weekend hours as well as many weeks in which more than 40 hours are required. This position responds to emergencies on a 24/7 basis as required.


Sick & Vacation Time
Relocation support for eligible employees
Health & Wellness Plan
Flexible Spending Account 
Retirement Plan & Company Match 
Employee Assistance Program 
Long Term Disability
Paid Holidays
Complimentary Tickets to OSF productions and other select events
Discounts at select local businesses

About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, our Tony Award-Winning company of extraordinary artists present seasons of ten to twelve plays in rotating repertory between the months of February/March and October. A robust and highly dedicated staff of over 500 employees produces these performances each season across three venues: the Allen Elizabethan, Thomas, and Bowmer Theatres. Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, the productions on our stages reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory and guided by our values of Excellence, Inclusion, Company, and Stewardship. We are also excited to usher in a new creative era this season as recently announced Artistic Director Nataki Garrett takes the helm!

In addition to our main stage plays, we offer an eclectic array of enrichment programs for audiences and staff alike including backstage tours, educational workshops, prefaces, prologues, a lecture series and the Green Show. We also partner with local organizations and community members on a number of immersive events and celebrations including an annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration, Juneteenth Celebration, OSF Out Weekend, and Daedalus Project.

Why Should I Apply:
Be a part of an industry-leading professional non-profit regional theatre in its 84th season with a rich history and values arts, excellence, and inclusion. OSF is nestled in a scenic mountain valley near the Oregon-California border where the weather is idyllic with mild winters and hot, dry summers. We are one of the only regional theatres of our size and caliber that is not located in a major metropolitan area! Southern Oregonians love the outdoors, and because of our non-urban setting, an abundance of stunning rivers and lakes, nearby state and national parks, hiking trails, outdoor music venues, white-water rafting and hang gliding excursions are just outside the front door. Southern Oregon also offers robust culinary experiences with dozens of top-notch restaurants, local breweries, charming cafes, and award-winning wineries. We care about community, and our region’s dedication to supporting local businesses and agriculture is notable. Our employee benefits are first-rate, too!

At OSF we believe that diverse ideas, cultures and traditions reflect the broad diversity of the nation and enrich our insights into the work we present on stage. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relation efforts, education programs, strategic recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

If you wish to apply for this position please be prepared to provide:


3 work references (name, email and phone number)

A cover letter is requested but not required.

Only complete applications will be considered.



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