Production Manager

Arizona Opera

Phoenix, AZ

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • This position has been filled
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera
  • $30,000
  • $45,000

Website Arizona Opera

Summary: The Production Manager supports the Director of Production in the day-to-day operations of the Production Department, establishes a safe and healthy work environment throughout all technical departments, and assists with the creation of production schedules and budgets.


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Essential Functions:

·         Assist with the day-to-day operations of the Production Department.

·         Function independently on projects as assigned by Director of Production.

·         Partner with Director of Production, Designers, Directors, and staff to bring ambitious, complex designs to fruition.

·         Attend in-theatre rehearsals to assist in production coordination.

·         Draft and manage designer contracts and payments.

·         Track contract negotiations and help ensure an organized and speedy contracting process.

·         Maintain and track designer and assistant designer payments and reimbursements.

·         Manage designer travel and residency in conjunction with the Company Manager.

·         Schedule and coordinate production and design meetings and assist in promoting healthy communication in the process.

·         Collaborate with the Director of Production, department managers, and Finance department on developing and maintaining production budgets and related reports.

·         Monitor production budgets and expense tracking.

·         Assist in the timely reporting of production expenses.

·         Manage the ArtsVision database and maintain production calendars for all departments.

·         Observe, update, and revise current safety practices with Director of Production, Technical Director and related managers.

·         Help advise departments of production policies, procedures and requirements.

·         Serve as the primary Production contact for the Marketing Department on all proofing for copy.

·         Coordinate production support for the use of shops, equipment and theatre spaces for rentals and loans in conjunction with the Company Manager.

·         Assist the Director of Production on tracking capital needs and improvements for production areas/departments.

·         Serve as the representative of the Production staff at various meetings as necessary/appropriate.

·         Carry out other related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by direct supervisor or management.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Broad knowledge of theatrical production, design and build processes.

·         Working knowledge of essential accounting practices including budget creation, reporting and reconciliation.

·         Strong working knowledge of theatrical production and theatrical safety procedures and practices.

·         Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

·         Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

·         Ability to interpret design drawings.

·         Ability to effectively handle Production Management of technical rehearsals.

·         Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

·         Skill in collaborative approach to goal achievement.


Minimum Qualifications:

·         Two (2) year managerial experience preferably in a theatre environment.

·         Strong database and computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

·         Must be able to work a flexible schedule that will include weekends and evenings.

·         Strong attention to detail and proactive monitoring of processes.


Preferred Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in opera or related field.

·         Experience in theatrical production and management.

·         Experience working in a union employment environment and familiarity with IATSE and USA agreements is preferred.



·         Compensation will be $35-40,000 per year commensurate with experience, paid in bi-monthly installments. The benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid time off.


Physical Demands:

Extended periods at workstation, using a keyboard, viewing a computer screen and communicating by telephone and in person.  Ability to perform duties in a rigorous schedule, climb ladders and stairs and carry 50 pounds.


Work Environment:

Work environment is generally quiet in an office-like setting but it often is in much more challenging settings including warehouse, scene shop floor and theatres. (see Physical Demands section above).


Travel/Other Requirements:

Must travel to Tucson for performance weeks. Availability for evening and weekend work required.


To Apply:

Applicants for this position should email resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references to:


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

The Arizona Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer.  The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status.  We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development.  We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.