University of Washington, School of Drama
A word from Geoff Korf, Executive Director
DEPARTMENT: School of Drama
POSITION: Production Manager
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB TYPE: Full Time, Professional Staff
START DATE: ASAP
SALARY RANGE: $66,912 - $96,000 annual
RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Negotiable
WORK VISA: Negotiable
Full benefits package offered. Please see complete details here: UW Benefits
The Production Manager works with the Executive Director, The School Administrator, faculty, and staff to manage the design and production processes for all SoD productions. This includes working with student and guest creative artists, a professional production staff, student production crews, and graduate student employees in production. The Production Manager plays a critical role in serving our educationally centered mission in a way that is sustainable with the operational resources of the School. The PM is a member of the SoD senior leadership team.
This position requires a commitment to the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Access (EDI+A) in addressing its four core responsibilities:
Skills, Qualifications and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree and three years professional theater production experience OR equivalent education/experience.
Understanding of both professional and educational theater making processes; superior skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel); advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets and internet collaboration tools.
Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Access.
Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regards to staffing, budgeting and design.
Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages.
Knowledge of theatrical safety conventions and laws.
General knowledge of all theater crafts: scenic construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, lighting, sound, projections, and props.
Superior communication skills (English primarily).
Strong budgeting skills.
Ability to manage employee relations with a wide variety of staff with diverse backgrounds.
Ability to perform administrative work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day.
Ability to transfer computer work to performance venues and monitor tech rehearsals (typically at a tech table while using a laptop) for extended periods of time, up to 12 hours a day.
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds with assistance if required.
Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.
Ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, and discretion; flexibility in projects and schedule; attention to detail.
Ability to execute projects efficiently and according to schedule.
Ability to work independently and to maintain a positive work atmosphere.
Special Hours Requirements: Work schedule varies and includes frequent evening and weekend hours as well as many weeks in which more than 40 hours are required. This position responds to emergencies on nights and weekends as required.
About University of Washington, School of Drama
The School of Drama is committed to building and supporting a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Our faculty and staff are expected to understand and embrace our commitment to respecting and representing diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions, and to interrupt behaviors that hinder our work towards anti-racism and our diversity and inclusion efforts. Black, Indigenous, People of Color and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Our mission is to develop innovative and courageous artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow. The School’s graduates go on to careers in theatre, film, television, arts management, advertising, design, creative media and other areas such as law and business where the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, entrepreneurship and creativity are essential. Seattle is a well-known center of innovation and culture, and the School of Drama enjoys a close relationship with the area’s many regional theatres.
Mission and Vision
MISSION: The University of Washington School of Drama develops innovative and courageous artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow.
VISION: As our contribution to creating a more just, equitable, and empathetic society, the University of Washington School of Drama seeks to cultivate a community of highly-skilled artists, scholars, and citizens who are engaged with the world and invested in theatrical storytelling—in all its guises—as a means of elevating and celebrating our individual and collective voices, promoting understanding, and nurturing compassion.
Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps
*Excerpted from our full Action Plan, which can be found here: UW School of Drama Anti-Racist Action Plan
Our goal, as stated in our recently revised statement of mission, vision, values, and commitments, is to support and nurture the artistry and scholarship of every student, honoring their identities, perspectives, and traditions.
Committing ourselves to anti-racist practices is integral to accomplishing our mission of training artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow. This work must be embedded in everything we do, from teaching and mentoring, to hiring and budgeting, to planning curriculum and producing plays. Meaningful, substantive change will require all of us—faculty, staff, and students—to interrogate our priorities and be willing to shift and reorganize around our stated values in ways that may feel deeply uncomfortable to those of us who are accustomed to having our needs, preferences, sensibilities, and stories centered.
We have identified seven action areas where we will begin immediate work as a school. This list is neither comprehensive nor complete—these action items will continue to evolve and gain specificity, including specific budgetary commitments. But we recognize that our community needs to hear from us now about how we plan to begin.
1. Acknowledge and accept the racism in our school’s history and present
2. Fortify transparency and accountability
3. Address structural racism in hiring
4. Support students, faculty, and staff now
5. Decenter whiteness in curriculum and production
6. Deepen our understanding and practice of anti-racism
7. Combat erasure in our history
Again, this list is not comprehensive, and it is not frozen. It will necessarily continue to evolve and grow. But we offer it today as a starting place and invitation. We welcome feedback and engagement around what we have stated here today. For more details and contact info: https://drama.washington.edu/uw-school-drama-anti-racist-action-plan