The CSO is a full-time symphony orchestra, performing symphonic music as well as providing robust education programs and community events throughout the year. The Charleston Symphony proudly aims to increase equitable access to classical arts in Charleston and continues to implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts throughout our organization. Come join our team at an exciting time for the organization! As we continue to navigate through the challenges of COVID-19 that remain, we are looking for a strong candidate who will support our strategic goals and help us achieve our bold plans for the future. A successful candidate will be a proactive, hardworking team member, with a flexible and positive outlook.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is seeking a full-time Production Manager who will be responsible for supporting the orchestra in all performance and rehearsal services through stage management, equipment transportation, setup and maintenance, stagehand and livestream hiring and management, and production planning and logistical support duties assigned by the General Manager including, but not limited to, stage diagrams, stage lighting plans, guest artist itineraries and local travel/lodging.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Production Manager shall be responsible, but not limited to, the following:
Hiring and managing a CSO Production Assistant.
Hire and manage stagehands for CSO productions.
Hire and manage equipment operators for CSO livestreams.
Manage potential interns and keep track of their hours.
Keep track of, and submit, timesheets for all CSO stagehands/livestream operators and Production Assistant.
Coordinate with the GM to create an efficient plan for extra stagehand usage.
Create and maintain a list of stagehands and livestream operators.
Prepare and fulfill all show riders and setup requirements.
Obtain quotes for production equipment rental/purchase needs.
Create stage plots for all major performances.
Create lighting cues for all Pops performances.
Create production timelines to be sent to venues before load-ins commence.
Maintain a CSO production calendar.
Create guest artist itineraries and confirm/book local travel and lodging for artists.
Serve as liaison for all guest artists
Serve as a liaison with venue technical staff
Serve as liaison for production equipment rental companies
Help coordinate production work with sound reinforcement, recording, livestream, and lighting personnel including helping setup sound reinforcement, AV recording, and livestream equipment.
Coordinate with CSO partners to pick up and promptly return extra equipment for productions that the CSO rents or borrows.
Maintain relationships with CSO partners as cultivated by the CSO.
Drive and maintain the CSO 26ft box truck including routine maintenance and repairs through a licensed mechanic, and keep it clean, organized, and fit for service.
Maintain, clean, and care for all CSO production equipment including chairs, music stands, stand lights, risers, band shell, blowers, sound shields, percussion support equipment, transport cases, carts, AV equipment etc.
Recommend equipment replacements or purchases as needed.
Load in, setup, breakdown, and load out equipment for all orchestra and most chamber services including chairs, stands, percussion, and AV equipment.
Assign and manage Production Assistant to support setup/tear down of smaller ensemble productions as needed.
Above all other responsibilities, ensure rehearsal setups are safe to all performers including but not limited to proper safeguards with riser configurations and stage temperatures.
Attend to individual needs/requests by musicians to ensure that they are comfortable and able to perform (correct chair size, proper lighting etc).
Interact with musicians on-stage in a professional and courteous way so as to maximize their ability to perform at a high level.
Ensure that large ensemble rehearsals begin and end on time, and that breaks are properly taken.
Run productions from backstage including corralling guest performers, managing stagehands, attending to guest artists/conductor’s needs (scores, towels, water), coordinating with front of house and CSO Operations/livestream, and facilitating setup changes.
Record rehearsals and performances and upload files to CSO audio server for musicians use.
Submit requests for production expenses.
Attend all Monday morning Staff Meetings.
Assist the General Manager as needed.
Assist with office setup of equipment/maintenance
Under the direction of the General Manager, develop documentation, directories, and procedures to standardize the professionalize orchestra production functions.
Provide support for other departments material transportation needs.
Initiative and self-starter
Effective communicator, with the ability to diffuse stressful situations positively and in a calm manner.
Able to function constructively in tight time frames, and sometimes in stressful situations
A collaborative and flexible style with strong service mentality. Needs to be seen as a team player who is committed to helping create high quality performances.
About Charleston Symphony
The Charleston Symphony is celebrating its 85th season of serving the community through engaging musical performances and enriching education programs. Founded in 1936, the CSO remains a cornerstone of Charleston’s arts and culture scene, performing Masterworks and Pops series at the newly renovated Charleston Gaillard Center. In recent years, the CSO has expanded its education programs and now invests more than $530,000 annually to reach students throughout the tri-county region.
As the largest full-time performing arts organization in the state, the CSO serves close to 50,000 adults and children annually. Employing 24 full-time “core” musicians and more than 100 guest musicians throughout the season, the organization has a $3.5 million budget and relies on philanthropic support to cover 55% of annual operating expenses. Every year the orchestra hosts more than 150 concerts and activities throughout South Carolina, including education and family experiences, community engagement events, free performances, chamber music, main series concerts, and more. To continue learning about the CSO, visit charlestonsymphony.org.
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