Reports to Director of Production
Work Schedule Full time, some evenings and weekends required
Work Location Downtown Los Angeles and Culver City
Status Exempt
Compensation Starts at $1,826.92/week, equivalent to $95,000 annualized
Benefits Eligible
Department Production

About The Company

At Center Theatre Group, we believe theatre creates an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences. As one of the nation’s most influential non-profit theatre companies, we provide the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country at the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Whether it’s producing new work through our robust artistic development programs or engaging people of all ages and backgrounds across Los Angeles through our community and education programs, we put theatre at the center of it all.

Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are rooted in all levels and aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture, and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.

As a nonprofit theatre, our mission has always been to reflect the community we serve and to harness the power of art to transform society. To that end, our organization is committed to bettering ourselves and embracing equity, access, and inclusion in all our work. In addition, we are committed to promoting an environment for our staff, artists, audiences, and colleagues that actively works against racism, harassment, and discrimination.

Position Summary

Working on a team consisting of two Production Managers, an Associate and Assistant Production Manager, and a Production Coordinator, the Production Manager’s primary responsibility is to production manage shows, events, and outside rentals at Center Theatre Group's three theaters—The Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, and The Ahmanson Theatre—as assigned by the Director of Production. They are tasked with coordinating work across multiple production areas, facilitating clear and transparent communication between and among Production staff, other departments, and outside creative teams, and ensuring that all productions open on time and on budget.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the production process for each assigned show by facilitating the flow of information and alignment of activity among production departments and between Production staff and design teams, directors, stage managers, and other departments.
  • In collaboration with the Artistic team, guide the director and designers through the design process to guarantee the timely completion of all designs. With the input of appropriate technical staff and Department Heads, analyze all designs submitted to determine feasibility of execution within the allotted time, budget, and personnel available.
  • Ensure that everyone on the team has the information they need to succeed by scheduling and leading regular production meetings with staff and creative teams, and creating and distributing calendars, schedules, and other paperwork. 
  • Supervise load-ins, technical rehearsals, and load-outs, and represent CTG’s interests in the planning of crew calls and schedules. Interface with the designers and director to coordinate notes and subsequent work sessions with Production staff.
  • Manage show spending and work in conjunction with the Production staff, Company Management, and General Management to adhere to budgets.
  • Assist the Director of Production, General Management, and Artistic teams with season planning, including creating and maintaining show budgets and season calendars.
  • Oversee the designer and assistant designer contracting process, including negotiating agreements, generating, and reviewing contracts with General Management, filing signed copies, and timely issuing payments.
  • Participate in the hiring of new Production Department employees, including assisting in the creation of job descriptions, following best hiring practices, and scheduling or sitting in on interviews as needed.
  • Act as the supervisor for the Kirk Douglas Theatre Heads and foster the professional development of crew and Production staff with formal reviews, periodic feedback, and training opportunities.
  • Check payroll submitted by the theatre heads and supervisors, and ensure it conforms with any applicable collective bargaining agreements and work rules before submitting to the Payroll Department for processing.
  • In coordination with the theatre Heads, facilitate equipment and facility upgrades to the theatres.
  • Work with the Director of Production, Department Heads, and other Production Managers to identify ways to improve the operation of the Production Department, implement changes, evaluate the results and make course corrections as needed.
  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment by following and enforcing all safety regulations, providing safety equipment, training employees on safe practices, reporting incidents, managing record keeping, staying up to date on safety issues, and advising on safety-related policy and decisions.
  • Collaborate with all staff in the furtherance of Center Theatre Group's goal of being an anti-racist theatre working towards Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for all. Encourage and empower everyone to speak out against racist workplace practices and policies. Participate in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice. 
  • Support the Education and Community Partnerships, Institutional Advancement, and Marketing departments in furthering their work. This could include teaching workshops, leading tours, discussing behind-the-scenes activities, or taking on interns or apprentices.

Center Theatre Group provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. 

Qualifications

  • Prior experience serving in a management role in live entertainment handling the production and design processes. Formal, informal, and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with people that are mixed across lines of differences such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.
  • Experience creating and overseeing budgets, including estimating labor requirements.
  • Experience interfacing with unions and reading and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, including IATSE, USA, AEA, or LORT CBAs is a plus. 
  • Demonstrable understanding of the production process from both a creative and technical viewpoint and ability to negotiate a clear path to success for any given production. Ability to read and evaluate designer plans, technical drawings, and light plots.
  • Demonstrates creative judgment, excellent problem-solving skills, the ability to work effectively while managing multiple deadlines and priorities, and an aptitude and eagerness to learn new skills and processes necessary to manage varying projects.
  • Working knowledge of and willingness to promote current health and safety practices in the theater industry.
  • Ability and willingness to always exercise professional courtesy and discretion and maintain confidentiality as required.
  • Proficient using computers and knowledge of basic computer programs (email, word processing, spreadsheet, etc.). 
  • Ability to remain centered and respectful during sensitive situations, guiding teams to consensus in a holistic manner.
  • With advanced notice, ability to work a flexible schedule including morning, evening, and weekend hours.

Compensation

CTG offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package including retirement plan options, escalating paid vacation, sick, personal days and holidays, and health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance program.

All employees are required to pass a background check.

It is CTG’s intention to have a workforce which is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster. New employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the first date of employment.

How To Apply

Tell us why you are the ideal person for this job.

Please send your resume and cover letter to cchichi@ctgla.org and include the position title in the subject line of the email. Due to the heavy volume of resumes received, emails that do not include the job title in the subject line of the email may not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate how you became aware of this position, e.g., name of website, current employee, other source.

No phone calls please. We will contact qualified individuals to set up interviews.

Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy, veteran/military status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by law. CTG will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We support, promote, and embrace a diverse workforce.