The Production Supervisor of Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin is responsible for the successful technical production of assigned events. As part of TPA’s production team and reporting to the Director of Production, the Production Supervisor is responsible for budget management, technical production planning, “hands-on” on-site event supervision, and expense reconciliation for assigned engagements. The position enables artists to fully realize their visions, creates exceptional experiences for audiences, and prioritizes health and safety.
Production Planning: Create production budget estimates for potential or confirmed projects as assigned. Translate production advance information to Texas Performing Arts’ venues, equipment inventory, and staffing conditions. Develop strategies to resolve differences and negotiate changes as required. Ensure that all production requirements and contractual obligations are satisfied. Ensure Texas Performing Arts’ database of production information is up to date with information, to include light plot, ground plan, lineset schedule, input list, crew list, cast list, parking list, production schedule, dressing room assignments, crew catering needs, and production estimates for assigned shows. Engage with vendors, interdepartmental colleagues, and stakeholders to ensure seamless communication and efficiency of the planning, coordination, scheduling, preparation, setup, operation, maintenance, and breakdown of TPA’s equipment in any and all theatrical and support spaces associated with an assigned event. Consult with other university departments as necessary to ensure compliance with fire codes, occupancy limits and seating configurations, life safety systems and codes, building codes, health codes, and animal safety regulations. Submit work orders, event moving services requests, and tickets for event-specific information technology needs. Schedule and lead production meetings related to specific projects as required.
Production Operations: Supervise on-site production activity for assigned events. In coordination with the Director of Production, the Production Supervisor will either be on-site, or ensure production department representation on-site whenever visiting productions are present. Coordinate with the assigned TPA event manager, ticketing and guest services staff, and other TPA colleagues to ensure the smooth, safe, and top-quality execution of assigned events. Demonstrate a backstage work ethic of proficiency, safety, excellence, and creative problem-solving.
Post-Production: Generate daily production/show reports. In consultation with the Director of Production, provide accurate and timely Production Settlement documents for assigned shows. Ensure production vendor invoices are accurately processed for payment.
Education and Mentorship: Participate in the production department’s development of learning opportunities for UT students. Maintain and directly contribute to a production culture of mentorship, experiential learning, and professional experience for students at UT and in the greater Austin area. Ensure compliance with university policies and procedures regarding student employees. Participate in meeting TPA’s inclusion, equity, accessibility, and diversity goals, with a particular emphasis on students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in production disciplines.
Perform other related functions as assigned. This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described.
• At least five (5) years of experience managing increasingly complex technical stage productions.
• Demonstrated experience with a wide range of types of live performance, to include the full stylistic range of music artists, standup comics, Broadway-style musical performances, “legit” and experimental theater, dance, and film presentation.
• Demonstrated experience leading a comprehensive production advance process including scheduling, budgeting, technical rider negotiation, and staffing.
• Demonstrated knowledge of equipment, systems, and practices across all live production disciplines, including lighting, audio/video, carpentry, rigging, properties, wardrobe, and hair/makeup.
• Demonstrated experience with standard theatrical work rules and general conditions for professional stage crews.
• High level of proficiency with office technology such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Slack, and Zoom.
• Effective Communications: Demonstrated understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
• Interpersonal Relationships: Demonstrated knowledge of the techniques and the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.
• Organizational Leadership: Demonstrated knowledge of leadership concepts and ability to use strategies and skills to enlist others in setting, embracing and achieving objectives.
• Accuracy and Attention to Detail: Demonstrated understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail; ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
• Problem Solving: Demonstrated knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
• Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• Experience in an arts presenting organization; arts producing organization; university-based organization; or multi-venue performing arts organization.
• Experience with presenting international artists and productions.
• Experience in an educational setting; experience in teaching, mentorship, or training roles; experience mentoring student employees.
• More than the minimum required level of experience.
• Three or more years of experience working in a supervisory capacity.
• Fluency in a language other than English.
• Interest in and strong commitment to the mission and programs of Texas Performing Arts.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in past work roles.
• Relevant professional education or credentials.
Full Job Description:
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About Texas Performing Arts:
Texas Performing Arts is the professional arts presenting and producing program of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., Texas Performing Arts is an anchor institution in Austin’s arts, cultural, and entertainment landscape. Texas Performing Arts operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater, the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; a 40th Anniversary Season of dance, theater, music and more; and the Texas Welcomes series of national touring artists. Texas Performing Arts is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university.
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices. To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visit https://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment.