Guthrie Theater
Director of Production

A word from Joseph Haj, Artistic Director

Director of Production

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt


SALARY RANGE: $119,184 – $148,500


  • Health Insurance, HSA and Dependent Care Options, Dental & Vision, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Short term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service

  • Paid time off

  • Complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions

  • Discounted tickets

  • Discounts on classes and camps

  • Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

  • Discounted monthly parking

  • Discounted bike locker rental

  • Discounted Nice Ride annual membership

  • Wellness program

  • Guthrie store discount

  • Costume rentals discount

  • Admission to opening night parties

  • Affinity groups

  • Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

  • Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts

Position Summary

The Director of Production serves on the Guthrie’s senior management team and oversees all production department operations. This position directly provides supervision and oversight of the following positions: Technical Director, Head of Props, Costume Director, Head of Sound, Head of Lighting and Projection, Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager. As a senior team member, the Director of Production works collaboratively with the board and other organizational leaders to determine and optimize strategy and direction for the theater. The Director of Production is responsible for providing overall strategic leadership in the Production department and facilitating the production process, including long-range and season planning and scheduling; budgeting and allocating resources; contracting employees and designers; monitoring progress of all production elements; and maintaining high standards for all productions. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility. The typical schedule for this role will vary based on the dynamic schedule of a theater.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Production Management 

  • Oversee the execution of all production requirements to support the Artistic Director’s vision.

  • Ensure that the resources and support available to production departments are sufficient to achieve the artistic goals of the theater. Create season performance schedule models in conjunction with other departments.

  • Establish, communicate and manage the production schedule; coordinate rehearsals, strikes, concerts and other events on stage.

  • Consult with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Facilitate timely communication among all departments, including regular consultation with the Artistic Director and  department heads.

  • Ensure creative teams receive all relevant production information, including design due dates, allocated resources and production schedules, in a timely manner.

  • Negotiate and coordinate with Directors of individual plays their production needs within established budget parameters.

Creative Team Communication

  • Facilitate timely communication and, in collaboration with the Production Manager, ensure regular design and production meetings are scheduled amongst directors, designers and production department heads as needed.

  • Ensure designs are produced while assessing resources, staffing and scheduling constraints. Work collaboratively with all stakeholders.

  • Foster positive labor relations and ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements. Participate in negotiations with IATSE contracts. Ensure that the Theater is in compliance with national collective bargaining agreements (USA, Equity). 

Operations and Administration 

  • Create, develop, maintain and track a variety of complex budgets that contribute to the fiscal health of the theater. Act as a key participant in the season planning process.

  • Develop and maintain annual production budgets. Oversee all production-related expenditures and establish methods of maintaining budget control.

  • In collaboration with the senior management team assist in strategic projects and analysis.

  • Participate in strategic projects and planning efforts.

  • Attend Full Board and Executive Committee meetings and ad hoc Board committees as requested.  ∙ Foster and support safety management efforts and collaborate with the Safety Committee.

  • Coordinate production facilities improvements and capital project management.

  • Develop and monitor, with production department heads, the planned maintenance program and equipment expenditures  for the production departments and spaces.

  • In collaboration with the Guthrie’s Health, Safety and Security Manager, ensure the safety and efficiency of theater spaces.

Leadership and Supervision 

  • Lead, manage and supervise Production Department Heads.

  • Actively participate in team building, fostering a work environment that centers the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.

  • Using the organizational monthly check-in form, complete monthly check-ins with all direct reports. ∙ Hire staff members to ensure quality work.

  • Run production department head meetings to communicate pertinent information to employees. ∙ Coach and develop staff members by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict  resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations.

  • Maintain and approve direct report timesheets, Personal Time Off requests and other personnel records. 


Senior Leadership

  • Serve as a member of the senior management team and as a conduit for information between senior management and Guthrie staff.

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, establish and execute a comprehensive strategic plan that will support the operating and capital needs of the theater.

  • Serve as a representative of the Guthrie Theater; take an active role in the community and cultivate key relationships and associations with centers of influence within the city, state and region.

  • Contribute to long-range and season planning for the Guthrie Theater production areas.

  • Establish positive relationships with board members and donors.

  • Develop and refine the long-range operating budget and long-range staffing plans.

  • Establish positive relationships with board members and donors.

Essential Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Prior experience serving in a production leadership capacity. Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.

  • Knowledge of budget reporting systems and software to manage a multi-million dollar budget.

  • Exceptional management skills to supervise a large staff and direct reports.

  • Knowledge of AEA, AFM and IATSE collective bargaining agreements.

  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word) and Google Suite.

  • Experience coordinating multiple projects and conflicting priorities to manage overlapping show schedules.

  • Skilled in creative problem solving to bridge limited financial and material resources with production designs within budget and schedule.

  • Ability to assimilate design information in two dimensions (drawings) into three-dimensional spatial relationships.

  • Flexible and easily adapts to change.

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working and communicating with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines  of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule  of the theater.

About the Guthrie

History: Founded in 1963, the Guthrie is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the artistic leadership of Joseph Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. Land Acknowledgement: The Guthrie would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.



MISSION: To engage exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays, connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota and, from its place rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st-century arts organization. VISION: The Guthrie creates transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind and build community through the illumination of our common humanity. CORE VALUES: Our commitment to these four principles is at the heart of everything we do. Artistic Excellence Community Equity Diversity and Inclusion Fiscal Responsibility


Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps


The Guthrie is a historically and predominantly white institution, which means we must first acknowledge that we have participated in systemic racism. While we had taken strides prior to 2020 to expand the diversity of our work on and off the stage, we have simply not done enough to include and herald Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) voices. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the Guthrie’s Senior Management Team began gathering insight from Black artists and community leaders, staff, board members, national advisers and industry colleagues on how the theater might work toward becoming a more anti-racist and equitable organization.

The following is a sampling of the actions we have taken towards that goal:

  • We have continued our policy that all creative teams must be diverse in race and gender except when it may be necessary for all members of a team to be from an underrepresented community.

  • We have continued our policy to require a qualified slate of candidates diverse in race and gender identity before interviewing for an open position.

  • Starting in August 2020, we began working with Team Dynamics — a Minnesota-based firm selected by the Guthrie’s staff-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee — with a focus on anti-racism work for a minimum of 18 months. 

  • Our board of directors is participating in anti-racism training with Team Dynamics.

  • We have continued our work with Native communities including: free Native-led classes for Native community members; paid fellowships for emerging Native artists; free Guthrie tickets for members of Native communities; and a continued commitment to evolving together.


Along with these ongoing conversations, we are proactively and publicly sharing our commitments to anti-racism work at the Guthrie — not only to communicate what we are doing with candor but to hold ourselves accountable and be held accountable by everyone we serve. To see our full anti-racism work and commitments, follow this link: 

There is no completion date for this work.

Covid Safety Policy

For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.