Director of Production

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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The Director of Production provides oversight and is immediately responsible for the management of all theatrical production related operations in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Merriam Theater, and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. The Director manages the team responsible for fulfilling the production related requirements of all clients including: eight (8) resident companies, KCP (in-house programming), KC Education, KCP - Broadway Philadelphia touring attractions, Facility Rentals and Events, and all other activities requiring production services. In addition, the Director provides strategic leadership as a senior member of the Facilities and Operations Team and therefore the Kimmel Center Inc. and provides direct support to the Sr. VP of Facilities and Operations related to the areas of responsibilities.

  • Oversee the following production operations: production management, resource and stage labor planning, payroll for union employees, departmental and event production budget forecasting and management, maintenance and repair inside the venues, venue safety systems and procedures, production facility capital projects, labor relations, employee management and training, special event project management, production purchasing, and management of personnel and activities on the loading dock.

  • Coordinate and communicate with other departments within the Facilities and Operations team including Scheduling, Security, Campus Experience (house management), Facilities Sales and Volunteer services.

  • Create and maintain a working relationship with contracted vendors including Food and Beverage provider, Housekeeping, Parking, Engineering, and all other production vendors and contractors.

  • Coordinate purchasing, payables and project cost management with the operations related finance personnel.

Client Responsibilities:

  • Review and coordinate production related space schedules including stage, Back of House (BOH) and support spaces

  • Review and approve as needed preliminary production/event cost estimates, budgeting and settlements

  • Assign production managers to contracted events

  • Monitor client fulfillment by production managers

  • Interpret and consult on KC’s existing collective bargaining agreements

  • Understand, advise and implement applicable sections of Resident Company lease agreements

  • Monitor performance of production related vendors and sub-contractors

  • Review and resolve disputed event production estimates or invoices as needed

Management Responsibilities:

  • Minimize labor and resource costs to clients

  • Payroll reconciliation process for unionized workforce: stage, wardrobe and teamsters

  • Ensure timely completion of labor estimates and settlements

  • Lead production and crew call meetings

  • Attend the weekly calendar meetings

  • Interact and coordinate with the resident company managers, communicate production changes or issues, collaborate on resolutions

  • Monitor performance venue conditions and manage required repairs, improvements or modifications with the production managers

  • Recommend, organize and manage the acquisition, installation or repair of all capital production equipment in both the audience chamber, BOH spaces and the performance spaces of each venue

  • Set standards for performance venue readiness, communicate the standards with the production managers and hold them accountable

  • Cooperatively work with house management, facilities sales, engineering, volunteer services, housekeeping and security to maintain the highest level of customer service possible

  • Manage IATSE Stagehand, Wardrobe and Teamster union relations, with senior management

  • Prepare a written employee evaluation for each of the production managers on a bi-annual basis

  • Oversee safety policies and procedures for all production operations

  • Engage and provide active participation in Director level team groups (e.g., Workplace Safety, Directors and Senior Staff) and leadership level projects as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater, Theater Production/Stage Management, Performing Arts Venue Management, Theatrical Lighting or Sound, or equivalent experience required.

  • A minimum requirement of 5-7 years in live performance production management with a broad range of experience with multiple genres such as Classical Music, Opera, Dance, Musical Theater, Jazz, Theater, or Spoken Word

  • 3-5 years unionized labor management and 3-5 years technical direction/management

  • Experience with live event management, TV or PBS broadcast management and touring productions preferred.

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of budgeting and forecasting experience.


  • Significant production management experience ideally in a metropolitan area multi-venue complex and historic theatre setting

  • Experience in labor and production resource estimating

  • Familiarity with the maintenance and repair of performance venues and repair of stage equipment and machinery

  • Experience in the scheduling of venues and labor crews

  • Developed skill in technical theater facets such as lighting, audio or stage management

  • Demonstrated competency in financial analysis, administrative management and organizational agility

  • Superior working knowledge of MS Office Suite

  • Ability to direct, supervise and judge the contributions of teams and individuals

  • Self-motivated and able to handle and prioritize multiple projects

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to negotiate, manage conflict and develop people

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with, and clearly communicate information to, a wide range of persons both inside and outside the organization.

  • Ability to attend to numerous projects concurrently, establish priorities, and respond positively, effectively and quickly to continually shifting priorities and needs

Environment, Physical demands, and other conditions:

  • Ability to stand, climb, walk up to 5 hours and use repetitive motions.

  • While performing the duties of this position the employee will be required to work indoors, outdoors, and in intermittently noisy spaces.

  • Work schedule may include nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Work schedule will include activity across and occasionally off Kimmel Center Campus.

The diversity of our region is our strength and KCI is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive cultural campus that reflects our commitment to an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued onstage and off. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send your cover letter and resume to Kimmel Center Human Resources:

Kimmel Center, Inc.

Human Resources

1500 Walnut Street, 17th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

fax: 215-790-5801


Posted on January 30