Reports directly to the Executive Director and to Operations Manager at the tent, cooperates with General Manager. This position oversees all production and technical aspects of our house and touring shows including scheduling, staffing, budgeting, inventory, facility maintenance, security, and administration. The Production Manager also works with Executive Director on programming and booking shows. Production Manager is the main liaison with touring artists coming to the Big Top, as well as our house band, and other guest artists. He/she advances all details of riders and technical requirements including sound & lights, hospitality, transportation, lodging, etc. and is charged with staying within prescribed budgets. Production Manager hires, manages, and supervises all production staff. Position is a full-time, salaried position. Sound engineer duties are also possible but not required. The position requires reliable transportation and some heavy lifting.
Oversee all technical and production details at BTC tent (and on tour), ensuring an organized and safe working environment for all staff and artists.
Advance technical and other aspects of production with touring artists' representatives.
Recruit, hire and manage summer technical crew, interns, volunteers and other technical help as needed.
Oversees contracted sound company and all necessary sound equipment and personnel.
Responsible for the storing, setup, transport and maintenance of all BTC tech. equipment.
Provide annual input into budgeting process regarding necessary equipment upgrades and costs as well as other production costs.
Act as BTC House Electrician for guest artist and house performances.
Assist with all aspects of tent set-up and tear-down as requested.
Provide setup and strike of safe exit lighting, grounds lights, visuals stand, Keepers booth and merchandise tent.
Schedule, coordinate and design production meetings, electrics calls, load-ins, and strikes and disseminate information to BTC staff as needed.
Arrange production equipment and backline rentals.
Oversee all show needs including all hospitality, lodging, transportation, and other needs, for all shows.
Recruit and oversee Security team and any backstage volunteers for all shows.
Ensure shows run smoothly and on time.
Coordinate with BTC Operations Manager to ensure a safe environment of both backstage and in public spaces.
Provide any and all technical duties including sound engineering, light board operations, light hanging, and backstage duties as needed. Participate in all load-ins and strikes with your crew.
Act as FOH sound engineer if qualified to do so – to be discussed.
Assist Executive Director with programming and booking, specifically researching potential artists to be presented, communicating with booking agents, drafting offers and tracking confirmations.
Assist with tour booking of the BCO and with production and sales of Tent Show Radio.
Assist the BTC team as requested.
Preferred Qualifications: BA in Theater Tech, Theater Arts or equivalent experience. At least 3 years of hands-on backstage experience, show production experience, sound & lights, stage hand experience. Successful experience in budgeting and managing people. Good communication skills required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit arts organization located in Washburn & Bayfield, Wisconsin. Our 900-seat summer venue is located at the base of Mt. Ashwabay overlooking Lake Superior. We just completed our 30th Anniversary season of presenting summer performances. We also tour regionally and produce a nationally-broadcast radio show "Tent Show Radio" for Wisconsin Public Radio... and other listener-supported stations. Big Top Chautauqua is the only known all-canvas tent theatre left in the country. We produce original productions and present internationally-touring performers. Over the last 30 years we have presented Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Garrison Keillor, The Smothers Brothers, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Buddy Guy, Steve Earle, Brandi Carlile, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Jonny Lang, The Mavericks, The Beach Boys, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Del McCourey, Bill Monroe, Bonnie Raitt and many more musical artists.