Temporary/Seasonal

Production Manager

Company: Opera Saratoga

THE POSITION 

The Production Manager is Opera Saratoga’s chief coordinator and leader of production operations leading up to and during the company’s Summer Festival. They coordinate, manage, and oversee mainstage productions as well as ancillary concerts and community engagement events during the eight-week Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY and the surrounding area. They are also responsible for management and coordination of rehearsal spaces, scenic and costume shop facilities. They advise the Artistic and General Director and Managing Director on general and technical production needs.  

 The Production Manager is contracted as a full-time resident position for a period leading into, during, and after the Summer Festival. For the 2022 Festival, the Production Manager will be required to be in residence from May 13 to July 15, 2022  Outside of the resident period, they complete tasks on a part-time, as needed basis remotely, and make limited trips to Saratoga Springs as may be necessary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Hire, contract, and supervise all seasonal production staff and contractors including, but not limited to, technical staff, electricians, carpenters, stage managers, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, props, run crew, interns, and any additional personnel required for specific production needs;
  • Coordinate staffing needs with venue partners where house technical personnel oversees production responsibilities;
  • Guide all director / design teams through the design process to guarantee the 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;
  • In collaboration with Artistic and General Director, develop season schedule for all mainstage and community programming. Develop and administer production calendars and design deadlines for each production. Determine load-in and tech schedules. Manage resource calendars for all shared facility spaces. Schedule all design and production meetings. Coordinate pre-season scenic and costume construction, rental and transportation; and oversee the bid process for scenic and / or costume needs not built in-house; 
  • Oversee technical preparations in coordination with Technical Director, including evaluation of and arrangement for equipment / tool needs and repairs;
  • Oversee and coordinate all production needs for the Festival with Lighting, Costume, Scenic, Wigs/Makeup, and Audio Designers, as well as all department heads. 
  • Coordinate load-in and restore of all performance, concert and rehearsal venues, and serve as primary contact with venue management for all production related issues;
  • Assist with orchestra setup needs for rehearsals and performances, including transfer for equipment and materials between venues;
  • Assist as necessary with ancillary concerts and events;
  • As necessary, support productions with hands-on projects including, but not limited to, special effects, projections and supertitles, audiovisual needs, assisting with stage work, purchasing, sourcing, and researching materials and techniques; 
  • Coordinate post-season strike and storage needs;
  • Serve as Opera Saratoga’s Safety Officer, responsible for the oversight and maintenance of a safe workplace in compliance with OSHA, ADA and Building Fire Codes; develop a safety manual and address any safety hazards or safety infractions and following up on any hazard reports. The safety officer is also responsible for ensuring that all employees are familiar with the safety manual and Emergency Procedures policy;
  • Ensure compliance of production personnel and contractors with COVID-19 safety policies;
  • Manage truck rental and other equipment / supply transportation needs;
  • Facilitate timely and efficient communication between production departments, including coordination of production meetings;
  • Advise on year-round production storage needs;
  • Participate in company planning with full-time staff;
  • Assist with budget preparation for technical / production areas; and
  • Other duties related to overall production needs as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED SKILLS

The Production Manager will bring a strong appreciation of Opera Saratoga’s mission and a desire to both positively impact the organization’s long-term success and enhance the quality of productions presented by the company. They must have the following skills and experience:

  • 3+ Years Experience as a Production Manager, working in professional opera and / or theater;
  • Computer proficient (MS word, Excel, Vectorworks, internet file sharing);
  • Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking to overcome challenges;
  • Well-developed communication skills;
  • Works well in a stressful environment with many personality types;
  • Maturity and understanding of the artistic process and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills;
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a production environment;
  • Technical knowledge of safe working procedures, safety equipment and products for the stage;
  • Extensive knowledge of theatre techniques and processes, including safety standards;
  • Strong verbal, quantitative, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and work quickly and accurately with attention to detail;
  • Able to work nights and weekends, as required, climb stairs and ladders, lift and carry up to 50 pounds without assistance, and engage in other physical work related to the position;
  • Driver’s License required

COMPENSATION, TRAVEL AND HOUSING

Competitive compensation based on experience. Travel to / from Saratoga Springs, NY, and housing during the Summer Residency period is provided.

APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES 

 The position is available immediately for the continuation of planning for the 2022 Summer Festival; Residency for the Festival begins May 13th.  

 Please send a resume and cover letter with at least two references that can speak directly to your skill set for this position to: Amanda Robie, Managing Director, at arobie@operasaratoga.org.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone solicitations please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Opera Saratoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status. 

COVID-19 POLICY

All staff, artists, contractors, and other parties directly engaged by Opera Saratoga are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of in-person work.  Fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, is two weeks after your final vaccine dose.  Candidates hired for these positions will be required to show proof of vaccination. 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND 

Opera Saratoga, formerly known as Lake George Opera, began with a production of Die Fledermaus at the Diamond Point Theatre on July 5, 1962, playing to an audience of 230. The Company now calls Saratoga Springs home and performs for more than 25,000 people annually across a seven-county region of upstate New York. Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, music therapy for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area. 

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