The Director of Production is a member of the Fisher Center's senior management team and leads the Center's production staff and production operations. The Director of Production is responsible for the planning, fiscal management, staffing, and execution of the technical and stage operations for all productions, residencies, concerts, and special events (both on- and off-site) produced or presented by the Fisher Center and its programs, including Fisher Center LAB, Bard's Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, Bard SummerScape/Bard Music Festival, The Orchestra Now, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and rental/partnership programs. The Director of Production directs the Center's production facilities, personnel, and resources to deliver an excellent standard of support that furthers the mission of the Center and Bard College. The Director of Production will also be centrally involved in the planning, implementation, and operation of a new studio building for the Fisher Center, designed by world-renowned artist Maya Lin.
The Director of Production reports to the Chief Operating Officer and supervises the Fisher Center production team, including full-time, over-hire, seasonal, and student crew members. This is a salaried, full-time position eligible for Bard College's group benefits package, compensated at an annual salary range of $90,000– $95,000.
The salary will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.
Hire and supervise the technical staff including full-time, seasonal, and over-hire positions; maintain a culture of client and artist-centered services, flexibility, attention to detail, and fiscal responsibility; conduct annual personnel reviews for full-time production staff; develop and manage the building-wide production labor plan
Participate in professional development activities and training as available; keep current in industry practices and production technology; determine and advance the professional development needs of Center production staff
Develop and manage general and project-specific production budgets in coordination with the Center's Producing Office; prepare cost estimates for internal and external projects; negotiate project requirements to adhere to budget; develop and maintain vendor relationships; coordinate production purchasing, payables, and petty cash/cash advance needs with the Director of Finance and Administration; track and report production budget vs. actuals; prepare regular financial reports
Develop and manage general and project-specific production schedules in coordination with the Center's Producing Office; negotiate scheduling requirements to adhere to house, union, and College work rules
Serve as primary liaison to guest designers; communicate production parameters to guest companies, artists, and partners
Determine, negotiate, and fulfill technical requirements and stage designs for all projects; negotiate requirements to adhere to budget and protect the Center's facilities and equipment; provide design support when necessary; promote an aesthetic of high-quality production designs across programs
Work closely with the leadership of the academic programs in Dance and Theater & Performance to develop and implement productions, workshops, dance concerts, and festivals that are central to the programs' pedagogical missions
Coordinate and fulfill the technical requirements of rental clients; conduct prospective client backstage tours and site visits
Coordinate and advance technical requirements with external partners for Fisher Center productions on tour and productions that will transfer to other venues
Develop and manage the building-wide space scheduling plan, in coordination with the Center's Producing Office, in a manner that balances the needs of all programs and projects taking place in or produced by the Center
Work closely with the Producing and Audience Services teams to create safe, comfortable, and convenient artist and audience experiences
Serve as the production lead on all projects; attend work calls, load-ins, changeovers, load-outs, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, residencies, and performances as necessary to oversee and support production staff
Ensure a safe working environment and compliance with industry and legal standards for stage operations; develop and manage the safety and risk assessment plan; ensure that safety practices are adhered to for all production activities including NFPA 70E, NFPA 101, OSHA 29 CFR 1910 & 1926; coordinate safety and security issues with the Center's Facilities Manager and Bard's Director of Security
Develop and manage the Center's production infrastructure and equipment acquisition, maintenance, allocation, and replacement plans; coordinate infrastructure and equipment maintenance and storage with the Facilities Manager
Maintain appropriate records, database, and filing system for all information related to production operations including personnel records, rental agreements, venue specifications, materials and equipment inventories, production note history, etc.
Participate in strategic planning and implementation on issues such as space use, storage, safety, budgeting, maintenance, capital projects, staff and student training, new technology, and programmatic initiatives
Develop and maintain strong relationships with Bard departments that support the Fisher Center's work, such as Buildings & Grounds, Environmental Services, the Office of Special Events, and others
Attend weekly production, senior staff, and general staff meetings
Serve as a resource to the campus on theatrical production matters
Other duties as assigned
Company-Wide Responsibilities: The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture
Ideal candidates will have had 5-10 years of production experience at a senior level
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate will be a dedicated, enthusiastic individual who works well under pressure in a team-driven environment
Exceptional organization and problem-solving skills are a must, along with a positive, collaborative approach to artistic creation
Outstanding communication skills, superior attention to detail
A valid driver's license
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed
Experience with the Google App Suite, AutoCAD, and Vectorworks is a must
All Bard employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (including booster) unless qualifying for a religious or medical exemption
The ability to lift up to 45 pounds is required
An appreciation and knowledge of the multi-disciplinary arts community domestically and abroad is a plus
Please upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional contact references to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/119791 Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please direct questions about the position to [email protected]
Bard's beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on- Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.
About The Fisher Center
The Fisher Center at Bard develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. At once a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and exploration of artistic ideas and perspectives from the past, present, and future.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry and opened in 2003, the Fisher Center is the most ambitious capital project in Bard's history, and embodies the College's commitment to the arts as a cultural and educational necessity. The Center presents more than 200 world-class events and welcomes 50,000 visitors each year. It supports artists at all stages of their careers and employs more than 300 professional artists annually.
The Fisher Center is a powerful catalyst of art-making regionally, nationally, and worldwide, with a strong emphasis on development, research, innovation, and rediscovery. Every year, the Fisher Center produces eight to 10 major new works across disciplines, including opera, classical music, theater, dance, performance art, and cabaret. Over the past five years, its commissioned productions have been seen in more than 100 communities and at leading arts centers around the world. In 2019, the Fisher Center won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for Daniel Fish's production of Oklahoma! which began life in 2007 as an undergraduate production at Bard and was produced professionally in the Fisher Center's SummerScape Festival in 2015 before transferring to New York City.
The Fisher Center houses two theaters: Sosnoff Theater, which seats approximately 800 people and features a proscenium stage with a concert shell insert that accommodates opera, music, dance, and theater; and LUMA Theater, a fully flexible venue which seats up to 200 people. The Fisher Center also comprises rehearsal studios, production facilities, offices, and alternative performance spaces. In the summer, the Fisher Center operates the Spiegeltent, a freestanding cabaret venue which has delighted SummerScape audiences for more than a decade. In fall 2023, construction will begin on a new studio building, designed by Maya Lin, scheduled to be completed late in 2025. The studio building will provide much-needed additional rehearsal, development, and teaching spaces, as well as informal performance venues, for the Fisher Center's academic and professional programs in theater and dance.
The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. The Center's major professional programs are:
Bard SummerScape – One of the most ambitious and highly anticipated performing arts festivals in the country. In July and August, SummerScape comprises the annual Bard Music Festival (BMF), now in its 34th year, and seven weeks of opera, dance, music, theater, cabaret, and film related to the BMF's theme, focusing on a different composer each year. SummerScape has been acclaimed by London's Times Literary Supplement as
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.