Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Production Manager

A word from Nelson Eusebio III, Associate Artistic Director, Grace Hudson, Props Director,

Stuart Carden, Artistic Director

Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Production Manager

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: June 1, 2022

SALARY RANGE: $73,000 - $83,000




KCRep provides a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life and long term disability coverage.

  • PTO policy includes 11 company holidays, 120 hours PTO and a paid company wide shut down during the New Year holiday season


Position Summary

The Production Manager leads the Production Department with support and collaboration from the Associate Production Manager, to manage all of KCRep’s productions, tours, and special events. This includes productions in our Spencer and Copaken Theatres, KCRep for All Tour, Community Engaged Productions, Education and Special Events. The Production Manager is a member of KCRep’s Leadership Team and engaged in collaborative leadership and strategic vision planning at KCRep.

Essential Duties

  • With support from the Associate Production Manager, lead the Production Department including supervision of personnel, budgets, and scheduling in collaboration with Scenic, Properties, Costume, Electrics, Sound Department Heads.

  • Actively participate in fostering a work environment centering the core values of Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

  • Actively demonstrate and help lead KCRep’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism values and initiatives.

  • In collaboration with the Artistic and Production Teams develop, maintain, and facilitate the annual Production Budget.

  • Schedule and lead Design and Production meetings with staff and creative teams, as well as postmortem discussions with KCRep production and artistic staff.

  • Provide clear communication to both internal and external constituencies.

  • Create in collaboration with the Artistic, Marketing and Education Departments the season calendar.

  • Create and update Tech and Production schedules in coordination with Artistic and Stage Management Teams.

  • Collaborate on Travel/Housing for visiting designers with the Company Manager.

  • Manage the tracking and assessment of the expenditures of each production as well as production supply lines to ensure that the budgets are adhered to and used efficiently. Manage, monitor, and approve all production related expenses.

  • Organize, manage, and schedule on site design meetings and designer visits.

  • Hire and coordinate onboarding over-hire and Run Crew.

  • Act as liaison with the University of Missouri Kansas City Division of Theatre Production Manager to coordinate season schedules and use of shared spaces.

  • Cultivate and promote a safe and inclusive working environment and ensure that all production and technical departments operate in accordance with current health and safety regulations and best theater practice.

  • Foster interdepartmental collaboration for special events, theatre functions, gala.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Good time management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work in a highly collaborative workplace.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team within both the Production Department and the Staff as a whole.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities as well as manage multiple projects concurrently.

  • Willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of a production schedule of a theater which includes a variety of hours including evenings and weekends.

  • Ability to craft, manage, and oversee budgets.

  • Training and experience serving in a management role in a production department at a theater, live event venue, or a related field.

  • Enjoy creating and implementing new processes and working across departments.

  • Experience in handling production and design processes on large scale productions.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite and Adobe PDF suite.

  • Background in safety training, and safety specific to theatrical systems.

  • Self-motivated and detail oriented with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Proficient with Office 365 computer programs and on-line meeting platforms such as Zoom.

About Kansas City Repertory Theatre


Dr. Patricia McIlrath founded Missouri Repertory Theatre (MRT) in 1964 as part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Department of Theatre. MRTwas founded as a collaborative training ground where theatre students could work alongside professional artists. It became an independent nonprofit in in 1979. MRT rebranded as Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep) in 2004. Today, KCRep is a member of the League of Resident Theatres and continues to serve as the professional theatre in residence at UMKC. Every year we welcome 65,000 theatregoers (including 10,000 student matinee patrons) from across a metro that spans both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line. KCRep produces plays, musicals, and youth education programs at Spencer Theatre (built in 1979) on the UMKC campus, Copaken Stage (built in 2007) in downtown Kansas City, and through tours throughout the KC Metro. KCRep is home to outstanding artists including 2014-2019 Playwright in Residence Nathan Louis Jackson, recipient of two consecutive Mellon FoundationPlaywright in Residence Awards and Vanessa Severo, one of six artists recognized in the 11th round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. Since the 2015 launch of the OriginKC new works development program, shows that began their lives at KCRep (including Rinne Groff’s Fire in Dreamland, Jodi Picoult’s Between the Lines, Vanessa Severo’s Frida…A Self Portrait), and most recently Kate Hamill's Ms. Holmes and Ms. Watson - Apt. 2B have found second productions at other regional theatres. Artistic Director Stuart Carden arrived in 2019 with a new vision for KCRep: to use live theatre to make meaningful connections with all KC communities. By programming plays and music driven works that reflect our city’s rich diversity and by bringing performances into neighborhoods that historically have not had access to live professional theatre, KCRep works to overcome barriers of perception, economics, geography, and class to expand who has access to transformative theatre experiences with KCRep.



Our Mission

To inspire, entertain, and open minds by creating transformative theatre experiences for all.


Our Vision

KCRep will be a catalyst for a culturally vibrant, equitable, and thriving Kansas City by connecting artists and audiences in a welcoming environment that fosters wonder, curiosity, and understanding.


Our Values


  • Empathy: We empathize with those around us, and we prioritize an environment grounded in empathy and generosity of spirit.

  • Inclusion: We welcome and include everyone. We are respectfully curious about others. We meet people where they are.

  • Openness: As individuals, teammates, and as an organization, we open our minds and hearts to new ideas, hard conversations, challenges, and growth.

  • Collaboration: We prioritize building a connected and united team. We collaborate internally and externally to share stories respectfully and joyfully on stage.

  • Innovation: We create art, and community. We value the innovation it takes on and off stage to support this work.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Following the social uprisings of summer 2020, KCRep publicly re-affirmed its commitment to the work of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism (IDEA). Board and staff IDEA committees are collaborating to ensure that this work remains central to our theatre’s daily operations. The staff IDEA committee has established a list of recommendations including identifying and addressing barriers that obstruct IDEA practices; ensuring inclusive representation of the entire community across the organization; and cultivating community partnerships that demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. KCRep’s IDEA statement and updates on our work are available online at www.kcrep.org/inclusion.

Covid Safety Policy

KCRep’s COVID safety plan is updated frequently. The goals of the safety plan are that it is safe, reasonable, executable, replicable, and consistent. The major components of the plan are: Being fully up to date with COVID 19 vaccination is an essential requirement. Documentation will be required before in-person work may begin. Regular testing for COVID 19 may be required. CrowdBlink Protect (an app) is used for daily self-health screenings. Downloading CrowdBlink and interacting with the platform every day you are to be on site for in person work is required. KCRep has a team of certified COVID Compliance Team on staff. Masking may be required.