The Production Manager is responsible for all aspects of the patron experience other than the on-stage performers.
Appointed by the Board, the Production Manager assists the Director in realizing his/her vision of the play.
Because this is a full-time position, the Production Manager should not hold any other show-related job.
Typical tasks and tips
- Appoint lead people for all required production areas, including costumes, house management, lighting, makeup, programs, properties, refreshments, set design, construction, and decoration, sound, stage crew, and stage manager.
- Promptly notify the BOM of each appointment that is authorized key/combination access to the building or parts of it, so that access can be provided.
- Conduct one or more production meetings between production leads and Director, obtaining agreement on show requirements in each technical area.
- TIP: Include the BOM at the first production meeting.
- TIP: The first meeting should be held no later than one week after the first meeting of the cast (readthrough).
- TIP: Based on experience, we have developed a time line, which shows when key activites should begin and complete.
- Provide performance-related information, including any copyright requirements, to the Publicity and Program chairs.
- TIP: See the Treasurer for input, since that person orders the playbooks.
- Assist and monitor progress of all show-related development activities, keeping them on schedule and within budget.
- TIP: To retard the spread of fire, all building doors must be fully closed whenever the building is unoccupied. Do not permit anything to obstruct the closing of these doors.
- TIP: Ensure that the area needed for patron seats is cleared by the Director and each production team before the scheduled seat-moving date.
Otherwise the seat movers will have to clear the area and items may be lost or damaged.
- Respond promptly to artistic feedback from the Director.
- Arrange for cast, set, and production staff photos to be taken.
This is usually done at the dress rehearsal.
- TIP: Ensure copies of set, cast, and crew pictures are provided to the Board for our historical records.
- Set a strike date during the week following the final performance and supervise the striking of the show, ensuring that all show-related equipment is returned to proper storage in the same, or better, condition as before the show.
Last revised 6/6/2007