Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Production ManagerThe Production Manager’s (PM) primary responsibility is the day-to-day management of all productions put on by the undergraduate Theater & Performance Program and the Dance Program which average eight to ten productions/concerts per year. The PM’s secondary responsibility is working with the Director of Production in the planning and support of other Fisher Center projects. The PM reports directly to the Director of Production and works closely with the other members of the Fisher Center Production Department, the Fisher Center Producing Department, and the faculty and students of the Theater & Performance and Dance Programs to deliver an excellent standard of support that furthers the mission of the Center and Bard College.
This is a full-time, exempt position eligible for Bard College’s group benefits package, compensated at an annual salary range of $60,000 – $65,000, depending on experience. This position will require working some nights and weekends. More details about benefits can be found on Bard’s Benefits Resource page.
- Oversee the planning and execution of all production elements of each Theater & Performance (T&P) Program and Dance Program production, including but not limited to leading all production meetings and check-ins, overseeing all load-ins and strikes, creating and distributing tech schedules, and coordinating with professional designers and students about how best to execute their design/piece.
- Work with students and their faculty advisors who are presenting work in the T&P and Dance productions to lay out concrete timelines and expectations, and schedule meetings as needed to discuss and implement the production elements of their piece.
- Hire professional designers and stage managers as needed for T&P and Dance productions.
- Hire student assistant stage managers as needed for academic productions.
- Manage studio policies and reservations in the T&P and Dance Studios, and coordinate with the Program Administrator for the Dance, Theater & Performance Programs to assist with managing the academic studios reservations.
- Assist Director of Production with planning and advancing production needs for FC Presents and Fisher Center LAB programming and residencies as needed.
- Day-to-day production management of FC Presents and Fisher Center LAB programming and residencies as needed.
- Assist the Director of Production with the planning and implementation of assigned production elements for the SummerScape Festival.
- Lead administrative tasks for the production team (along with the production administrator), including purchasing and budget tracking, timesheets, and onboarding of new hires (both student and non-exempt employees).
- Participate in the development of production safety practices.
- Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.
- Participate in the development of ongoing Equity and Inclusion practices as related to the production department.
- Attend weekly production meetings and staff meetings, represent the Director of Production in meetings when required.
The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
- Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism.
- Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture.
- Previous theatrical or live event production management experience; at least five years of professional experience preferred.
- Experience supervising a team and working with students or in educational settings.
- Experience managing budgets, schedules, and calendars.
- Basic knowledge of the practices and procedures of all theatrical departments.
- Knowledge and ability to instruct others on current industry-standard safety practices and procedures.
- Physical requirements include occasionally ascending/descending stairs and ladders, occasionally moving through work areas that include heights, frequently working around loud and sudden sounds, occasionally lifting up to 40 pounds and occasionally working outdoors on grassy terrain.
- Ability to read and understand scenic and construction drawings.
- Working knowledge of Google Suite.
- Experience with Vectorworks, AutoCad, and other production-related software is a plus.
- Creative thinker and solution finder, particularly in helping solve logistical problems.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, as determined by production schedules.
- Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, solutions-driven attitude.
Please complete the application form here: https://formfaca.de/sm/Vc8eYR6HM.
Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
About The Fisher Center
The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future.
Presenting more than 200 world-class events and welcoming 50,000 visitors each year, the Fisher Center supports artists at all stages of their careers and employs more than 300 professional artists annually. The Fisher Center is a powerful catalyst of art-making regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Every year it produces 8 to 10 major new works in various disciplines. Over the past five years, its commissioned productions have been seen in more than 100 communities around the world. During the 2018-19 season, six Fisher Center productions toured nationally and internationally. In 2019, the Fisher Center won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Daniel Fish’s production of Oklahoma! which began life in 2007 as an undergraduate production at Bard and was produced professionally in the Fisher Center’s SummerScape Festival in 2015 before transferring to New York City.
The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Building on a 163-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.
About the SummerScape Festival
SummerScape is a world-renowned multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard. Over eight weeks this summer (June–August), Bard SummerScape returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, culminating in the 33rd season with an exploration of the life and work of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. Productions will be staged in Bard’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols while celebrating the joys of live performance.
About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 163-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bard
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Bard seeks to materialize our commitment to plurality, dialogue, and rigorous study. We strive to create a learning environment that upholds the College’s mission to meaningfully include the voices, works, and ideas of communities and cultures historically marginalized in liberal arts and sciences education. DEI at Bard aims to work at the systemic as well as the interpersonal level to address the implicit and explicit ways racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and religious discrimination impact the learning process.