The Director of Design and Production (DDP) is responsible for ensuring that the overall design and execution of BAI productions meets exemplary professional standards. The DDP must maintain the highest level knowledge of all BAI venues, including all technical and safety requirements, and is responsible for working closely with all programmed artists, as well as internal and external designers, to ensure that projects - including commissions and transfers from other venues - are appropriately designed for BAI venues. The DDP creates technical budgets, calendars, and staffing plans in collaboration with the Artistic Director and Producing Director, and is responsible for identifying, recruiting, and managing all technical staff assigned to the BAI and BAI venues. An active participant in the engineering, planning and execution of designs for all productions, the DDP, when necessary, submits designs to shops or rental houses to solicit bids and manages fabrication or rentals to meet set, costume, lighting, sound, and projection needs, while ensuring that standards of safety are observed. The DDP may play a direct role in instructing students by offering design and production classes at the discretion of the Directors, and provide mentorship for those engaged in the production-oriented aspects of BAI offerings.
Required: BA or equivalent combination of education and experience.
5-7 years in theatrical production, design, or related experience or combination of education and experience including 4+ years in:
Budgeting and financial management
Proven success in managing/designing multiple, simultaneous, large-scale artistic productions in a range of disciplines.
Knowledge of and experience in a broad range of artistic practice including performing, experimental, and visual arts.
Ability to think strategically, with an eye to long-term planning, coupled with an ability to be flexible as the needs of the BAI continue to evolve.
Proven success in budgeting and financial management.
Demonstrated ability managing a diverse staff with a broad range of skills sets.
Ability to interact with broad range of individuals (faculty, administrators, artists & management, vendors, students).
Ability to deliver programs that meet the mission and standards of the BAI, which can often be in conflict with the competing needs and demands from different constituencies.
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Teaching experience preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
Some evening and weekend work and travel should be expected.
About Brown Arts Institute
The Brown Arts Institute (BAI) at Brown University seeks to cultivate creative expression and foster an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from one another and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields across the campus and around the world. The BAI seeks to build on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory, practice, and scholarship with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation.