We are seeking a Production Manager for this year’s production of Miracle on 34th Street. It is a contracted position and candidates must attend all rehearsals (Tuesday evenings + one weekend day TBD) and be generally available during Tech Week and for all performances.
Production Manager description and responsibilities:
The Production Manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the production are completed within budget, according to the producer's and director's wishes, and in time for the first public performance. He/she is responsible for keeping the production on budget, scheduling work, and coordinating the various production departments.
Responsibilities include the following:
Securing the rights to present the play from the royalty house or publisher-agent. Forming a production team – Stage Manager, Costumes, Designers, etc. Scheduling production meetings Scheduling rehearsals and performances Rehearsal process and preparation -- (calendar & timeline – Communications with Cast, Crew & Avalon Staff) Communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people Coordinating the work of the stage crew
Once the show opens, the director's work is essentially complete. Now it's the Production Manager’s job to make sure that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.
Having found the property and bought the rights, the Production Manager will start by putting together a production budget--the cost of finding and rehearsing the creative team, cast and orchestra; designing and making the scenery costumes and props, installing them all in a theatre; and marketing the results. This should be a collaborative process that incorporates the Director’s vision and is then approved by the Producer.
The Production Manager will call all rehearsals and be the lead at communicating with the cast/crew about what to expect at any given rehearsal. He/she will also conclude every rehearsal with what to expect the next time everyone gets together. He/she should filter all issues and coordinate production/backstage elements of the production. He/she should be an advocate for actors, crew, audiences, etc. whose job it is to “keep them all happy”.