The Public Theater
Director of Production

A word from Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, and Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Artistic Programs

Director of Production

DEPARTMENT: Executive/Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Artistic Director, Managing Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: 1/03/2023

SALARY RANGE: $170,000


WORK VISA ELIGIBLE: To be discussed


  • Health, Vision, and Dental Coverage

  • Health Reimbursement Account

  • FSA Health, Dependent Care, and Transportation

  • Employee Sponsored Life Insurance and Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Pet Insurance Access

  • Supplemental Hospitalization

  • Cancer Care

  • Accident Insurance

  • Competitive Time Off Package

  • EAP Support and Health Advocacy Support

  • Access to Theater Performance Tickets both in house and outside of The Public


Position Summary


A flexible facilitator at the intersection of the artistic vision and the financial resources of the institution, the Director of Production is the senior leader responsible for overseeing the production budgets, resources and schedules of The Public’s projects and theatrical production season in close collaboration with the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning and the Managing Director. This includes communicating with Directors, Designers and supporting staff and crew to ensure they have access to necessary resources while finding creative ways to maintain expense targets and timelines. The Director of Production supports open channels of communication with all stakeholders, as well as a positive attitude, to bring each production, project, and the season to successful fruition. This position reports to the Managing Director.

Essential Duties

  • Oversee Production function to ensure that all productions support the artistic vision within budgetary guidelines.

  • Supply focus and prioritization in a landscape of multiple and concurrent commitments.

  • Provide organization and leadership.

  • In association with senior leadership, ensure The Public Theater thrives artistically and financially.

  • Partner with Director of Producing & Artistic Planning and Managing Director to ensure productions are delivered on time and on budget while maintaining artistic standards.

  • Partner with Senior Director of Facility Operations to ensure that there is a safe, stable, and functional physical work environment for six theater spaces, multiple rehearsal spaces and off-site shops and storage.

  • Oversee adherence to safety and legal guidelines for all institutional and production related activities.

  • Support and facilitate an environment that supports the work of artists at the Public.

  • Oversee Production department budgets, including show and departmental budgets.

  • Manage the Associate Director of Production, six production department heads and Production Administrative Staff.

  • Maintain key external relationships, including unions, vendors, Board of Directors, donors, agents, and designers.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theater production strategies, disciplines, and processes

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theater operations management strategies and processes

  • Comprehensive understanding of Public Theater mission, strategies, and programming

  • Deep commitment and dedication to prioritize and develop The Public’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Transformation Plan

  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with competing and unpredictable schedules

  • Ability to manage the balance between supporting institutional priorities and staff capacity

  • Comprehensive knowledge of union regulations

  • Excellent social skills and awareness of protocol

  • Excellent negotiating skills.

About The Public

The Public is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone.

The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Under the Radar Festival, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. The Public Theater is home to over 200 full-time staff members and up to an additional 300+ part-time or temporary hires at any given time.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps


Covid Safety Policy

As a condition of employment, The Public will require all who report to work on-site (either at The Public Theater or any other workspace or performing location) to be up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, as eligible based on CDC guidelines.