Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Director of Production

A word from Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director, and Emika Abe, Managing Director

Director of Production

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director & Managing Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY RANGE: $75,000+

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company recognizes that conversations about salary can be difficult. In recognition of the necessity for top-tier talent, we strive to provide pay that meets the market by leveling with industry peers to determine the pay range for each position. Where the employee falls in that range is determined by experience and skill set. Woolly will work hard to administer the compensation program in a manner that is transparent, consistent, and equitable across the company.

BENEFITS:  

  • Health insurance (including vision & dental)

  • Short-term disability insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Flex spending account

  • Commuter benefits

  • Employee assistance program

  • Employee-contributed 401k

  • 17+ days of paid time off per year, plus 18 days of paid holidays, including December 24 through December 31


Position Summary

The Director of Production holds the primary responsibility for delivering the technical execution of all Woolly Mammoth productions on time and within budget, with an emphasis on facilitating clear and transparent communication between and among Production staff, other departments at Woolly, and creative teams working on each production. Reporting to the Artistic Director and Managing Director, this position supervises the Production Department, aligning human and financial resources to realize individual projects at the highest level, while working to maximize the overall capacity of the Production Department in service to Woolly’s artistic mission. This position is a member of the Core Leadership Team at Woolly Mammoth.

 

Essential Duties

  • Oversee the execution of all production requirements to support Woolly’s mission and Guiding Principles.

  • Facilitate timely communication among directors, designers, and production staff as designs are produced while assessing financial resources, staffing, and scheduling restraints. Work collaboratively with all stakeholders.

  • Lead by example, modeling values, positive behaviors and best practices for the organization. Ensure a safe and supportive working environment for all.

  • Lead staff in maintaining a climate of excellence, accountability, respect, and equity.

  • Establish, communicate, and manage the production schedule; coordinate rehearsals, load-ins, strikes, and other production-related shows and events in our theatre and offsite. Consult with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Foster positive labor relations; ensure compliance with union contracts (USA, AEA, SDC).

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

  • Develop and maintain production and organizational calendar for the upcoming season, in collaboration with staff, balancing the material and human needs of staff and shows. 

  • Develop and refine long range production department budget and long range production department staffing plan.

  • Coordinate production facilities and equipment improvements and capital project management.

  • Establish positive relationships with staff, artists, board members, and other stakeholders.

  • Build and execute designer and crew contracts and ensure fulfillment of contractual obligations.

  • Identify, hire, and maintain relationships with Stage Management teams (SM, ASM, PA).

  • Supervise Department Heads in the search and hiring of all overhire and crew positions for productions, as well as contract and onboard those overhire and crew.

  • Actively lead and support Woolly’s commitment to safety in the workplace, including ensuring proper leadership of Woolly’s Safety Committee.

  • Actively support Woolly’s commitments to Accessibility, collaborating with the Accessibility Committee in this effort.

  • Company-Wide Responsibilities:

    • Commit to Woolly’s policy of anti-racism and radical inclusivity. This includes participating in anti-bias/anti-harassment training, familiarizing yourself with the policies in the employee handbook, using Woolly’s Liberation Library as an educational resource, engaging in EDIA work at Woolly, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism.

    • Cross-departmental collaboration, including participating in at least one Woolly working group, committee, and/or taskforce outside of your own department.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Broad background in technical theater, including at least 5 years of managing a staff; preference for experience managing a production department for a theater or other performing arts organization.

  • Aptitude for leading and cultivating teams with a multiplicity of perspectives.

  • Background or training in cultural competencies, fostering and cultivating diverse teams of people in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and conflicting priorities to manage overlapping show schedules.

  • Knowledge of budget management systems.

  • Excellent written and communication skills.

  • Creative problem solving ability to bridge limited financial and material resources with production designs within budget and schedule.

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

  • Ability to evaluate staff and set performance goals and objectives.

  • Knowledge of USA, AEA, IATSE, and SDC collective bargaining agreements is a plus.

  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook) as well as various cloud-based programs. Working knowledge of CAD software a plus.

  • Strong flexibility and ability to easily adapt to change.

​​Direct Reports 

Director of Production supervises the Technical Director, Properties Supervisor, Audio/Visual Supervisor, Lighting Supervisor, Costume Supervisor, and other Production Personnel.

Working Conditions

  • Shared and open office environment.

  • Extending viewing of computer screens.

  • May be required to lift up to 50 lbs which can be accomplished via a team lift.

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Some travel required, as well as offsite work.

  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is located in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. It is air-conditioned, located in a wheelchair accessible building, and in close proximity to public transportation.

 

About Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Woolly Mammoth, a national innovator in the development and production of new plays, is one of the best known mid-sized theatres in the country and “the hottest theater company in town” (Washington Post). For almost four decades, Woolly has held a unique position at the leading edge of the American theatre, earning a reputation for staying “uniquely plugged in to the mad temper of the times” (New York Times).

Mission and Core Values

 

To create rousing, visceral, enlightening theatre experiences that galvanize diverse artists and audiences to engage with our world in unexpected and often challenging ways.

  • We are a radically inclusive community—across race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic background, and political viewpoint—in which all are encouraged to exchange ideas freely and reach for new understanding.

  • We are a supportive home for creative risk-taking by our company and guest artists, staff, board, volunteers, audiences, donors, and colleagues.

  • Through relentless inquiry and experimentation, we strive for world-class excellence and innovation in every aspect of our work.

More here

Culture

At Woolly, our culture is driven by our stated core values of radical inclusivity, creative risk-taking, relentless inquiry & experimentation, world-class excellence, and innovation. We expect both personal and collective accountability in how these values are applied to the work of each employee of WMTC. We acknowledge that Woolly Mammoth has upheld and benefited from systems of oppression in our country and we aim to do better; using the principles of anti-racism to guide our actions and decision-making. How we do things is as important as what we do, and we expect our core values and anti-racist practices to influence the way we work together as a team. We strive to center openness, integrity, and care in our policies, processes, and how we interact with one another. We embrace a culture of transparency, accountability, and mutual respect as the foundation of all our collaborations, both inter-departmentally and externally. We take seriously our role as a civic leader, and strive to address local and national challenges using our knowledge, skills, commitment, and resources. As part of this work, all employees are expected to develop meaningful internal and external relationships that are mutually beneficial and impact-aware. We believe that everyone in the Woolly community is worth engaging in conversations about the art we make and how that art intersects with the world. We lean into the unconventional, especially if a nontraditional and inventive approach will help us reach new understandings of our art form, our industry, and our world.

 

Radical Inclusivity Commitment

We are a radically inclusive community—across race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic background, and political viewpoint—in which all are encouraged to exchange ideas freely and reach for new understanding. Read more about Woolly’s stance on the issues affecting our world today and how we are actively engaged in struggling against oppressive systems.

This is intended to be a living document to help our community hold us accountable to the values that we believe to be essential to Woolly and its mission. If you have questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues, please reach out to us at info@woollymammoth.net.

 

Covid Safety Policy

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is mandating vaccination as a condition of employment. Employees must be fully vaccinated prior to the first day of work on site, with proof of vaccination. Additionally, as of January 31, 2022, all staff are required to be boosted. In the event that you wish to seek a medical disability or religious exemption to this mandate, the terms of Woolly Mammoth’s vaccine policy will apply.

*cover letter and current resume, with references required for submission