Production Manager

Performance Space

We are currently searching for a problem-solving, technical mastermind to join the PSpace team as our new Production Manager. This flexible position is part-time year-round, delivering the technical needs of our Artist Development and residency program, organisational planning and managing Performance Space’s technical inventory. The position moves to full time from August-November each year, to lead the technical and logistical delivery of our acclaimed annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art.



  • recruit, manage and supervise production and technical coordinators, as well as casual technical staff, for the delivery of Performance Space’s residency, artist development and Liveworks programs, as well as casual technical staff throughout the year as needed.


  • work with the Artistic Director, Program Manager and other relevant staff to develop, manage and implement a production schedule for all presentation activities, as well as the residencies and artist laboratories that form Performance Space’s year-round Artist

Development Program

  • work with the General Manager to liaise with Carriageworks regarding booking of spaces including co-ordinating Performance Space’s program alongside non-Performance Space events

  • roster casual technical staff & technical volunteers to adequately resource the program.


  • liaise with Performance Space’s programming staff, external production managers and artists in relation to the production needs of Performance Space projects, including detailed technical requirements

  • co-ordinate production on all Performance Space projects as required

  • secure additional equipment as required

  • ensure smooth management of all bump-ins and bump-outs, delegating to temporary production staff when required

  • manage temporary production staff to deliver Performance Space projects as required

  • participate in debriefs with project teams

Performance Space:

  • maintain an overview of Performance Space’s technical equipment, including ongoing maintenance, repair, and acquisition of new equipment where needed

  • manage the loan of Performance Space’s technical equipment to external parties and take responsibility for the annual equipment hire income target.


  • conduct risk assessments and ensure any risk mitigation is followed for all projects, and report to Carriageworks and other partners as required

  • implement, monitor and refine Performance Space’s WH&S policies and practices, in line with Carriageworks’ WH&S manual

  • work with programming staff to secure any other permissions necessary for the presentation of work, including development applications for late night or outdoor work

Financial Management:

  • work with the Artistic Director and General Manager to build realistic production budgets and forecast project expenditure and cash flow needs

  • manage a delegated operational budget for all core production and festival activities, as well as production budgets for individual projects.


  • develop and maintain effective relationships with Carriageworks, peer organisations, and colleagues and stakeholders associated with Performance Space’s program

  • implement learning from debrief sessions into the ongoing planning and practice of the Production Department.


  • managing Performance Space IT systems

  • Induct artists, staff, volunteers and other key personnel into the Carriageworks building and other performance sites, as required

  • Undertake other duties as required to ensure the smooth operation of Performance Space activities.


It is essential that the Production Manager has:

  • a minimum of three year’s experience as a Production Manager or a similar role in the performing arts

  • experience and training in theatre technical equipment, including a working knowledge of lighting, sound, and AV equipment

  • experience in managing budgets

  • high-level oral and written communication skills

  • high-level organisational skills

  • Apple OSX literate with excellent computer skills

  • proven relationship and staff management skills

  • demonstrated initiative and an ability to problem solve in the work-place; and demonstrated ability to prioritise and to juggle competing demands.

It is desirable that the Production Manager has:

  • drivers, rigging, forklift and E.W.P. licences

  • experience in C.A.D. and Vectorworks software

  • experience in visual arts installation management and art handling expertise

  • festival experience

  • experience of working in a small organisation

  • experience in managing and maintaining computer networks

  • an understanding of, and experience in, the operations of performing and visual arts venues

How to Apply

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Posted on January 10