Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama
Production Manager

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Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: School of Drama (SoD)

POSITION: Production Manager

REPORTS TO: Associate Head, Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt, 12 Months

START DATE: Late September 2022, but flexible

SALARY RANGE: $65,000 - $85,000


  • Several health, prescription, dental and vision plans to choose from.

  • Spouses, domestic partners and dependents can be added, but change the cost.

  • Several additional insurance options: Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability.

  • University pays parts of the above plans, employee pays a smaller part.

  • Health Care and Child care spending account options.

  • Tuition benefits for staff and dependents.

  • Several retirement savings plan options. University matches 8% of staff salary to such plans regardless of employee contribution.

  • PTO (Paid Time Off) plan to be used for vacation, illness, personal time, or dependent care begins to accrue at 17 days per year, and increases over the years of employment. 11 holidays paid in addition to PTO.

  • See for more details on full time staff benefits

Position Summary

This position replaces a role vacated as the previous PM became associate head and director of production. The PM position at the CMU SoD will work together with the director of production, and two faculty members in the Stage and Production Management program to mentor graduate and undergraduate students concentrating in S&PM. This position is responsible for oversight of production operations and production staff. Unlike many PM positions at producing organizations, the line PM duties for all productions are carried out by students filling those roles and being mentored by S&PM faculty and staff. The PM will directly manage non-educational productions within the school. A small amount of teaching may become part of this position over time.


Essential Duties

Responsibilities for this position include tasks related to Production Management, Education, and data.


Production Management responsibilities:

  • Recruit, select, train, manage, and evaluate production staff

    • Direct Reports

    • Coordinate with 7 production department heads - scenery, props, paints, costumes, lighting, sound & media (5 are faculty)

    • Consult on production hiring of students and staff

  • Create and oversee production department budgets (direct production and overhead)

  • Oversee production capital expenditures

  • Create and manage SoD production calendar

  • Coordinate design and production meetings

  • Facilitate clear production department communication

  • Ensure Health and Safety oversight, Lead safety programs in the production area

  • Top-line production management of SoD productions/events not assigned to students

  • Serve as backup production manager on shows not assigned

  • Act as ad-hoc supervisor to all production department personnel when necessary, authorizing scheduling changes as well as recommending disciplinary action

  • Step in to fulfill vital functions when the Director of Production is absent

  • Maintain currency in theatrical production management trends and practice


Education / School related responsibilities:

  • Provide supplemental mentorship to PM students on SoD productions

  • Oversee production assignment database and grading

  • Manage safety and production orientation for all incoming drama students

  • Continue to foster relationships with S&PM alumna

  • Strategic Planning


Entering/manipulation of SoD related Data responsibilities:

  • SoD assignment/grading database

  • SoD production peer evaluation system

  • SoD production registration/assignment data collection

  • Production accounting receipt collection database

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree required OR equivalent combination of training and experience

  • 5 Years of theatrical production management experience, OR equivalent combination of education/experience

  • Deep knowledge of theatre practice

  • You must demonstrate:

    • Cultural Sensitivity and responsibility by modeling and supporting the schools values

    • Superior skills in Microsoft and Google office suites; advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets, databases, and Internet collaboration tools.

    • Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 



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About Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama

While CMU is the oldest degree granting drama school in the country, we work hard to be a leading voice in the education of future generations of theatre artists who push the industry to reform the way it treats its workers while keeping up the artistic integrity of their artwork. This requires that we center the least privileged among us as we examine structures of the theatre industry to evolve from practices that may be harmful to others that are nurturing and collaborative.

Core Values

We seek to be a community of educators, learners, leaders, and artists who cultivate an equitable, diverse, open, and inclusive community based on empathy and integrity in order to:

Promote artistic and individual growth through exploration, experimentation, iteration, and creative play.

Pursue rigorous collaborative and artistic creation, synthesizing histories and innovation.

Foster courage, curiosity, resilience, adaptability, and the joy of work.

Nurture and maintain wellness through sustainable personal, professional, and ecological practices.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps


As an institution, the School of Drama is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion for people of all identities. We also condemn all forms of racism, bias and racial injustice. We want to be leaders in bringing about change and as educators, we acknowledge our unique and important opportunity to increase dialogue about the Black Lives Matter movement and support it through academic and artistic expression. We are committed to prioritizing the work of listening, reflecting, and taking action, and to understanding and responding to the lived experience of people of all identities in the school, including people of color. We commit to listening actively and taking action.


We will effect real and meaningful change for our community. Community-wide reflection leading to systemic redesign is vital if we are to assure true diversity, equity and inclusion in the school. Guided by the leadership and vision of the DEI Council, we commit to a suite of connected initiatives and actions designed to drive meaningful and lasting transformation.


Each student’s unique educational journey, goals, life experience and voice will be recognized, honored and supported by all facets of our community. Our classes, labs, class materials, productions, assignments and group projects will be restructured to incorporate diverse content, approaches, and voices, within safe and equitable classroom experiences and balanced and meaningful production opportunities for all students, including our BIPOC students. These initiatives will help us become a diverse, equitable and inclusive community committed to anti-racism in which every member, every citizen, will have agency and space and support to flourish.


DEI Action Plan

  • Support the immediate appointment of the advertised Assistant Dean for DE&I position in the College of Fine Arts.

  • Establish an Anti-Racism and Racial Justice course.

  • Beginning in fall 2020, commit to the inclusion and support of the work of BIPOC and other diverse artists and scholars in all class materials, projects, and assignments, as well as in School publications, social media platforms, and the annual season of productions.

  • Commit to reviewing our student recruitment practices to assure that we are attracting a well-qualified diverse applicant pool and to assure there are no barriers to access. The school will provide increased resources for recruitment in order to achieve this outcome.

  • Prioritize efforts to achieve equal opportunity and diversity in hiring of staff, faculty, option guests, and guest artists.

  • Promote and familiarize the school community with the university’s established bias reporting process to better investigate and respond to incidents of concern.

  • Provide budgetary support for the School of Drama’s DE&I Committee to stage events, bring in guest speakers, access publications and materials, and promote activism.

  • Offer open forum sessions and establish affinity groups/safe spaces for ongoing open communication, discussion, brainstorming, sharing, and uplifting all voices in our community.

  • Provide ongoing DEI training for School of Drama faculty and staff.

  • Take measures to enhance and promote content safety in production.

  • Take measures to promote equitable and sustainable production practices.

More details can be found here:


Covid Safety Policy

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here:

Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.