Under the direction of the Director, School of Creative Arts, the Coordinator for Theatre Production is responsible for production management and space coordination for the Theatre program at UFV. This person works collaboratively with directors, designers, and production staff to oversee budget, scheduling, and workflow for Theatre productions and provides support and mentorship to students working on productions.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing production schedules in consultation with faculty and the School Director. They will follow a project management process that includes establishing deadlines, delegating tasks to staff and student, and monitoring production work to ensure critical production deadlines are met on budget. They will coordinate marketing and publicity deadlines, allocate budget for production areas, track spending and revenues, create agendas and chair production meetings and staff meetings, recruit work study and practicum students, and coordinate work schedules in relation to production deadlines. They are responsible for procuring production rights for all productions, ordering scripts, attending first read throughs, and ensuring that all contract requirements are observed by faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will act as a communication hub between directors, faculty, staff, students, and the School Director, and will mentor students in skills specific to their production roles. The production coordinator is also responsible for managing the directing class’s final showcase and for coordinating theatre involvement in School events.
The position also includes overseeing use of theatre studios, booking rehearsal spaces for students and providing support to instructors teaching in studio spaces, and working with other areas of UFV to ensure shared spaces are scheduled and maintained appropriately. The successful candidate will supervise work study students, coordinating their work and providing feedback on their performance. They will oversee equipment, costume, props, and technical inventory, and ensure that inventory records are accurate. They ensure that supplies for theatre classes and activities are ordered, in coordination with faculty and other School staff.
The successful candidate will follow all institutional and School policies around safety, ensure that teaching, rehearsal, and workspaces are safe, and will be committed to creating a respectful workplace and promoting student wellness. They will be responsive to student and program needs, flexible and positive when circumstances change, and understanding of the theatre area as primarily a teaching environment.
The 2021-22 season will include two mainstage productions, a student directing showcase, and a year-end School showcase of student work. Other performance events, such as smaller student pop-up productions, guest artist visits, or staged readings may also arise. Most productions take place in a blackbox studio; given the current climate surrounding COVID-19, it is also possible that productions may need to move online or into a hybrid format. The current technical staff includes a wardrobe manager and theatre technician; School staff also provide support in administration, marketing, digital media, and shop supervision.
Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, technical production specialization strongly preferred.
Minimum of three (3) years’ professional theatre experience, preferably in stage management or production management
Relevant work experience in theatre production in a post-secondary environment is preferred
Experience working in interdisciplinary performance projects and digital environments preferred
Thorough knowledge of all aspects of theatre production, including stage management, design, construction, budgeting, administration
Ability to adapt production schedules with a range of performance processes and to changing circumstances
Thorough knowledge of current best practices and workplace standards related to stage and production management, including all industry labour agreements and standards (CTA, ITA, Equity, etc.)
Knowledge of and ability to adhere to all professional safety standards related to theatre production
Significant experience managing projects with tight timelines and budgets, including multiple simultaneous projects, with experience managing projects in non-traditional venues preferred.
Ability to use project management and team communication software
Experience mentoring students, apprentices, and/or emerging artists, preferred
Outstanding interpersonal communication and leadership skills, including: the ability to solve problems in a creative and collaborative manner; to resolve interpersonal conflicts; to work with cultural and social sensitivity in a diverse and intersectional environment; to lead diverse teams of artists, faculty, staff, and students; to promote excellent working relationships between members of the School, between the School and other units at UFV, and between the School and external stakeholders
Candidates should submit pdf documents of the following:
Letter of application
Current C/V or resume, including three references
A professional practice portfolio (as weblinks or pdf) highlighting your work in theatre production
The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on September 21, 2021, however the position will remain open until filled.
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