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Production Manager
posted on April 2
by Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is accepting resumes for the full time position of Production Manager. The Production Manager facilitates all technical efforts by the Production Department in the realization of theatrical productions, special events and cross-departmental collaborations at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Position requires good organizational and problem-solving skills, working knowledge of all technical aspects of theater, and ability to function as a part of a tight knit team of professionals. Responsibilities include calendar management, interdepartmental communications, production overhire supervision, expense reconciliation, coordination of technical needs for guest artists, as well as hands-on technical work assisting Scene Shop and Electrics staff. Full-time position with benefits. Interviews by appointment only.

Organization Background:
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry. For further information, visit our website at

Reports to:
• Producer

Direct reports are:
• Technical Director
• Master Electrician
• Resident Puppet Builder and Puppet Shop Manager

Primary responsibilities:
• Consult on season schedules, identifying and detailing the technical needs of initiatives as requested
• Generate and distribute calendars for design deadlines, build periods, load-in/strikes etc
• Manage technical staff schedule
• Schedule and supervise technical overhire personnel when required
• Collect timesheets from Production Department heads and submit to Administrative Director. Distribute overhire paychecks
• Manage space usage for theaters, scene shop, rehearsal hall, etc
• Schedule and conduct production and design meetings for upcoming productions and special projects
• Oversee construction of Center productions and special projects, ensuring the timely and safe manufacture and installation of all technical elements
• Supervise load-in and tech week as well as the timely removal/storage of Center productions
• Attend all meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, and technical, dress and preview performances
• Review rehearsal/performance reports and conduct daily meetings during rehearsal periods to address any needs/concerns quickly and appropriately
• Coordinate needs and facilitate load in of traveling companies as needed
• Track and manage expenditures by production department staff
• Oversee general safety and compliance with all safety regulations in relation to Production Department
• Act as Floor Warden when the Fire Alarm sounds to ensure all personnel have evacuated the Production level, stage level, and rehearsal spaces. Assisting the evacuation of any personnel incapable of leaving the premises under their own power.
• Process injury reports and submit to Administrative Director
• Oversee the maintenance of production department’s tools, equipment and spaces
• Maintain office supplies and Production first aid kits
• Oversee the maintenance of warehouse and accommodate all storage needs of Center productions.
• Provide technical support as needed for all nonproduction-related needs including in-house functions, parties, special events, fundraisers, etc
• Consult with facilities, education, and marketing departments on materials and methods for their projects
• Collaborate with Facilities Manager regarding facilities safety; consult with outside contractors and project managers as needed
• Help to administrate the policies and regulations of the Center for Puppetry Arts
• Other duties as assigned
• Schedule requires some evening and weekend work, including holidays

Physical Demands:
• Comfortable working on ladders (all spaces have dead-hung grids)
• Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds regularly
• Ability to move and manipulate 85-pound ladders

• MFA in Technical Theatre or similar. Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience also acceptable
• Skills in crew management and scheduling; shop and inventory management; lighting, sound, and video system operations; problem-solving
• Motivated and responsible
• Team-oriented attitude
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Q-lab (audio, video, & automation)
• Proficiency in ETC lighting equipment (ION, Express) preferred
• Knowledge of theatre drafting standards
• Wireless microphone coordination
• Basic Carpentry skills
• Available to work some nights, week-ends, and possible holidays

Design opportunities may become available but are not the focus of this position.

To apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to:
or mail to: Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn: HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309-2820.

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