Walton Arts Center seeks a Director of Production to manage and lead all technical and production aspects of Walton Arts Center presentations, client events and in house productions. Walton Arts Center venues include a 1202-seat proscenium theater, a 231-seat variable configuration theater and a 200-seat multi-purpose space. Ideal candidates will possess excellent organizational and communication skills (verbal, written and active listening skills are all critical), strong attention to detail, strong teacher/mentor skill set and positive attitude. Qualified candidates will be willing to work flexible hours including frequent nights and weekends. Full job description available on Walton Arts Center website at (insert address). Interested candidates may contact Karen Percival, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com. Please email your cover letter and resume using the subject line “Director of Production".
Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years’ technical theater management experience; of which 4 years is specific within the performing arts or related industry (i.e. technical theater, venue management, or other related field). Comprehensive knowledge and practical experience required in audio, electrics, carpentry and wardrobe, in union and non-union houses. Well-rounded familiarity with all aspects of non-profit performing arts management (front of house operations, facility management, communications, fundraising, box office, etc.)
Ensure success in all aspects of Technical Services including, but not limited to:
Lead and develop the technical team including those personnel who hire, train and schedule full-time and local crew.
Monitor and oversee all production hiring, compensation, work rules and practices.
Formulate and control expense and project budgets including reporting actual expenditures for all events, productions and department administrative expenses.
Ensure that production design is a focus for all events.
Oversee all aspects of touring and local productions, including scenery, staging, sound, lighting, wardrobe, media equipment, rigging and general theater safety
Recommend and prioritize annual capital equipment purchases and repair and maintenance work for theatre facilities
Analyze and negotiate technical requirements for touring companies
Provide technical design and execution advice for rental clients and in-house productions
Communicate effectively as a team-player across the organization with the ability to be a strong team-leader
Additional Salary Information: salary based on experience
Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ premier center for the performing arts and entertainment. Formed out of a unique partnership between the University of Arkansas and the City of Fayetteville, Walton Arts Center opened in 1992 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Walton Arts Center’s mission is to bring great performing artists and entertainers from around the world to Northwest Arkansas, connecting and engagi...ng people through inspiring arts experiences. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding from individuals, corporate sponsorships and foundations.
Each year more than 240,000 people attend over 490 public events at Walton Arts Center. Programming is designed to fulfill community demand for top quality arts opportunities and experiences including a renowned Broadway series, dance companies, the NEA funded 10x10 Arts Series, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and so much more. As a leader in arts education, Walton Arts Center works closely with Northwest Arkansas students, teachers, administrators and education support organizations to provide a variety of unique professionally-led arts learning experiences, professional development and education resources. Last year, over 45,000 students and teachers attended discounted matinee performances, masterclasses, and participated in teacher professional development and in-school residencies.
Walton Arts Center venues include a 1,201 seat hall, a black box theater, multiple studios and workshops spaces, and the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (Walmart AMP) an outdoor concert venue with capacity to seat up to 10,000. In our 24th year of operation, WAC maintains an $18M operating budget, employs 87 staff members, enlists a volunteer force of 203 and maintains a five building campus.