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TITLE: Production Manager
STATUS: Hourly- 30-35 hours per week
SALARY RANGE: $24-$28 an hour
REPORTS TO: Artistic Director
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 18, 2022
ArtsWest’s mission is to produce artistic events that provoke conversation, incite the imagination, and use live theater as a powerful agent of change. We value our community and staff not just for the work they do, but for all that makes them who they are. We recognize that identity contains multitudes and is fluid, intersectional, and at the heart of how the individual creates.
Whether an employee fulfills an administrative, creative or public-facing role, we consider our entire team to be artists in their own right. We are a small, but nimble team that allows for collaboration and much self-directed work, centering relational work over transactional processes. We seek to find individuals who are dedicated to the mission of the organization, embrace anti-racist and anti-oppressive values, and understand the privilege and responsibility that we hold together as theater producers.
The Production Manager fills a critical role in the planning, execution, and production of artistic programming at ArtsWest. This includes contracting artists, helping to manage schedules and project deadlines (including special events), keeping creative teams and artists informed and engaged, and managing production spaces. The Production Manager works closely with the creative teams, the Artistic and Managing Directors, the Technical Director and interfaces with other departments.
· In conjunction with the Artistic Director and Technical Director, help identify and hire creative teams, run crew, and any further technical assistants for each production.
· Make offers to designers, crew, musicians, and over-hires, adhering to ArtsWest’s policies, theatre needs and legal defensibility requirements. Ensure that contracts and hiring materials are executed properly.
· Develop, communicate, and maintain production schedules and calendars for the creative teams as well as ArtsWest leadership and staff. Ensure that deadlines and milestones are adhered to, that each project is moving towards completion in an efficient manner, and that lines of communication are in place across departments.
· Ensure that production projects come in on or under budget by accurately tracking budgets and receipts and by facilitating and maintaining close communication across departments and with the Company Administrator.
· Coordinate and lead production meetings and First Rehearsals.
· Track rehearsal and performance reports for production projects and ensure that departmental notes get executed in a timely manner.
· In conjunction with the Artistic Director and Relationship Manager, help schedule and oversee auditions and callbacks as needed.
· Serve as a mentor as needed to new stage managers.
· Serve as a key ambassador to technical artists working for ArtsWest: provide a welcome, inviting and clean home through great communication, effective scheduling, and management and upkeep of all production spaces.
· Communicate, coordinate and support accessibility needs for production artists, including building access, internet access, and physical, mental, and emotional access needs.
· Coordinate production elements and production logistics of audience engagement and ancillary events including: talkbacks, panels, special workshops, pre and post-show events, industry nights, and season opening events.
· Experience working with mixed teams of creatives with varying needs, skillsets, and working styles.
· Proven ability to organize and execute events.
· The ability to follow through on transforming ideas and potential into results.
· Demonstrated ability to independently organize and prioritize workload; manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
· Excellent written and verbal skills.
· Excellent computer skills. Experience with Excel is a must.
· Ability to work in a team environment, remaining calm with multiple demands, with a sense of humor and energy.
· A desire to work at ArtsWest as a contributing and collaborative team player.
· Stage management or technical experience a plus!
The Production Manager is an hourly position working on average 30 hours a week at $24-$28 an hour with 2 weeks of vacation per year and 100% employer covered medical/dental/vision package. ArtsWest follows all City of Seattle and State employment laws regarding sick leave, FMLA leave, etc.
The majority of this work is done during day-time hours, with flexibility on start and end times each day. The Production Manager will need to be on-site for First Day and a portion of technical rehearsals, flexing their hours in the following weeks to allow for time off and self-care. Other special evening and weekend events will be known in advance. A significant portion of the Production Manager’s work will need to be done at ArtsWest, but some remote work is possible.
ArtsWest is located at 4711 California Ave. SW in the heart of West Seattle’s Alaska Junction. There is paid parking behind the building, with free parking available on residential streets within 4 blocks west and south of the theater. King County Metro has a stop for the C Line on the same block as the building.
Our front doors are at ground level and back doors are accessible via ramp or stairs. ArtsWest has an elevator to our second floor offices.
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter in PDF format, that outlines how your related experience and skills qualify you for the position, to Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2022. Applications will be reviewed after the posting closes. Interviews will be scheduled in late September with an estimated start the week of October 3, 2022.
As a historically white-led organization, ArtsWest is committed to operating as an anti-racist institution throughout all of its operations. You can read more about our anti-racist commitments here.
Our policies regarding hiring and employment at ArtsWest are designed to make it clear on all levels of the organization that we honor and value lived experience and the truths of the human beings and the energies and talents they bring to their work. A broad range of lived experiences are welcomed. We invite those whose goal is to create an environment of abundant and creative space, especially for those whose intersecting identities and voices have been historically excluded, marginalized, or erased.
For more information on our mission, values, hiring practices, production practices and more, please visit, and feel free to reach out to Mathew Wright, Artistic Director at

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