The Rochester Fringe Festival, New York's largest multidisciplinary performing arts festival, is currently seeking an Associate Producer who will play a key role in the production of the festival and provide business management for the effective operation of the organization prior to, during, and immediately following the festival. This is a full-time position available immediately and continuing through mid-October. Following October, there will be the opportunity to go part-time.
Reporting directly to the Festival Producer, this cross-functional role will find you frequently collaborating across all Fringe functions. You will represent the Fringe at meetings with key stakeholders, both internally and externally, standing in for the Festival Producer as needed or requested. You will flit and float (not literally, unless that’s your thing in which case you probably need to be PERFORMING at the Fringe), across the entirety of festival operations, ensuring that all gaps are filled and every detail is covered.
Your primary skill sets are agility, taking initiative, and equal strength at working independently and collaboratively...and your primary purpose is to get stuff done. You have to do this in a way that balances confidence and humility, maintains strong relationships, and carries out thoughtful, disciplined execution. All of these things, at the same time, all the time. Are you up for that challenge? If so, let’s talk about some specific things you’ll be doing...
You will provide leadership, direction, and support to all Fringe venues and venue managers. Your management duties of all non-Fringe curated venues include the following:
Serving as the main festival point person for Fringe venues
Ensuring that Fringe venues have received all necessary training: box office, volunteers, health & safety, marketing etc.
Organizing and co-leading venue managers’ meetings.
Troubleshooting and crisis support for venue managers.
There are a lot of moving parts that need to be coordinated before, during, and after the festival each year. You will take primary responsibility for ensuring proper leadership is in place to execute all necessary tasks, stepping in to personally handle these tasks as warranted. Your logistics responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Managing key vendors in advance of the festival and anticipating engagement dates, as well as needs.
Logistics planning for outdoor festival sites.
Management of staff for the set-up and take-down of One Fringe Place (Fringe HQ during the Festival).
Passing all information on vendor load-in and load-out to Fringe staff who manage the production schedule.
Supervision of vendors on site, when required.
Supervision of One Fringe Place and other large-scale sites.
Liaising with governmental and public bodies (City, County, RFD, RPD, etc) where necessary in conjunction with Festival Producer and Production Director.
Revision, management and circulation of the disaster plan.
Attending board meetings as necessary to provide relevant updates.
Leading production meetings when needed.
Attending production meetings.
Leading special projects as identified by Festival Producer.
Booking food trucks/vendors.
“Other duties as assigned”
More than occasionally, you’ll be called on to pitch in to help in areas that may seem out of the scope of your role. The Fringe needs team members who are eager and able to stretch themselves and lend a hand without hesitation. This is especially true for the Associate Producer role which, by default, is responsible for whatever needs to be done that isn’t being handled capably by someone else.
Are you the one we’re looking for?
If you lie awake dreaming of living and breathing all things Fringe, and everything you’ve read so far in this posting is making you drool, then this job may be your ticket to wish fulfillment! But first, let’s make sure you meet the essential requirements: that you come equipped with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable your success and enjoyment in this role.
Relocation to Rochester, NY from early July through mid-October.
Prior leadership experience in festival management, theatrical production, theatrical general management, production management or festival production required.
Outstanding interpersonal/collaboration skills
Agile, resourceful, detail-oriented, committed to excellence
Creative problem solver and strategic thinker
Strong proficiency in office computer applications
Interested and able to learn new concepts and tasks quickly
Strongly preferred but not absolutely required:
Academic qualifications in Producing or Festival Management
Previous experience in an Associate Producer or Producer role
Extensive knowledge of the inner workings of performing arts/festival events
About Rochester Fringe Festival
Year after year, we bring the world here.
Since its debut in 2012, the Fringe has drawn more than a half million visitors from all over the world to over 3,600 diverse performances and events. In fact, Rochester’s not-for-profit Fringe has become one of the largest and most successful fringe festivals in the nation, the largest multi-genre arts festival in New York State, and one of the region’s most anticipated festivals each year.
Downtown Rochester bursts to life in a no-holds-barred extravaganza.
The 2019 Fringe’s 12 days were packed with more than 667 performances and events – more than 200 of which were entirely free—featuring international, national, and local acts across dozens of disciplines. In 2020, we pivoted to a virtual festival, with over 170 productions! Music. Comedy. Theatre. Dance. Film. And a whole host of shows that bend traditional categories, from family-friendly to far-out. The festival’s diversity also extends to venues that span the gamut from parked cars to grand theatres.
Born in Scotland. Raised in Rochester.
Storytime: In 1947, eight theatre groups crashed the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. Uninvited, the groups perfo...rmed anyway on the edges of the festival’s venues, and the Fringe was born with that initial act of defiance. Today, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is known as “the largest show on earth” with thousands of shows each August. The enthusiasm for the Fringe concept has spread to the U.S. and around the globe. Rochester’s Fringe is among 50 in the nation and that number’s growing quickly.
A one-of-a-kind for Rochester.
From our captivating East End Spiegeltent, venues and acts radiate out into the city in every direction. And the special way the Fringe lineup gets built each year is becoming the envy of other festivals, with its unique, bifurcated style. “Bifurcated”? Wait, before you Google that: It’s simply how we describe the dual nature of Rochester’s Fringe. Organizers present a handful of special events, but the vast majority are curated by the venues themselves from artists’ applications. That’s why the lineup is so astoundingly diverse and creative. Why you’ll see surprising new performances here for the first time. And why the choices for entertainment are vast.
Our festival has come to be known as “The Rochester Model” by the more than 200 fringe festivals around the world for its annual, free, outdoor spectacle performance by international artists. These immersive, often jaw-dropping experiences draw thousands of attendees, providing unparalleled access to the arts.