Production Manager

The Shed

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About The Shed

The Shed commissions original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences. From hip hop to classical music, painting and sculpture to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed brings together leading and emerging artists and thinkers from all disciplines under one roof. The building—a remarkable movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Committed to nurturing artistic invention and bringing creative experiences to the broadest possible audiences, The Shed, led by Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots, is a 21st-century space of and for New York City.

About the Position

The Shed is a commissioning organization devoted to supporting leading artists to create new work in a variety of venues from a large hall, theater, and art galleries. The Production Manager should demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to brainstorm creative strategies and solutions to productions throughout the Production Process; to implement best practices while developing the Shed-way; to think outside the box with the artists, and Shed colleagues.

The Production Manager will have strong budget and scheduling skills, work well under short time constraints, and be able to pivot easily from one task or idea to another. They should be experienced with all aspects of technical production, and have an in-depth knowledge of NYC vendors and practices. Theatre, music, and event production experience is essential, as is an, open, creative approach to the production process. Sensitivity to varying artists’ and clients’ needs and patience amidst changing priorities will help immeasurably in this position.

The Production Manager will report to the Director of Production and will work on all events as assigned. The Production Manager will oversee and work closely with the Director of Production as well as producers, curators and the creative team to assist in managing the technical production process. A flexible schedule is a requirement. Patience and a good-natured attitude will be essential.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Monitor and maintain production schedules

  • Monitor and maintain production budgets

  • Provide support for load-in, set-up, technical rehearsals, performances, strike and restore of all Shed productions including seating and staging, lighting, rigging and sound installations, hiring and scheduling of all labor crews and creation of detailed logistics plans.

  • Prepare and submit payroll for technical production staff.

  • Work with designers and technical teams to meet budgets

  • Monitor schedule of technical and design deliverables for shops and contractors – ensure that deadlines are met.

  • Obtain quotes from shops/vendors for all production elements

  • Work with vendors and subcontractors on financial arrangements

  • Check in with shops and designers regularly to ensure progress on meeting deadlines

  • Identify technical, budgetary and time-related issues and propose solutions

  • Develop project documentation and review tech riders to collect all relevant technical information about each project for internal reference and potential transfers

  • Collaborate with the Director of Production on maintenance, storage and inventories of all Shed owned production related equipment


Qualifications and Qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre production or similar; Master’s degree in technical/design field preferred

  • Five years experience in a management position in theatrical or event production

  • Demonstrated broad and deep knowledge of theater production and entertainment technology including lighting and design, sound reinforcement and recording, video sources and projection, rigging, carpentry, properties and stagecraft

  • Proficient with AutoCad for generating all types from drawings from 2D simple plans and sections to 3D renderings and detailed construction drawings; Experience with Vectorworks for analyzing designer drawings is very helpful

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Significant experience with collective bargaining agreements

  • An extensive network of contacts including vendors supplying New York event markets, designers, contractors, consultants, and labor providers

  • Ability to work flexible schedule as is common in the industry

  • Experience at an arts-producing organization, preferably a non-profit, is a plus


  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please provide salary requirements with your application.

  • The Shed is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application and submit rĂ©sumĂ© and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name through our Internal Career Center page at the link below. Only rĂ©sumĂ©s and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Posted on September 19