Located in Austin, Texas and built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre (1300 seats and 180+ shows a year) has served Austin for more than a century. It stands next door to the State Theatre (300 seats and 120+ shows per year), constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events. The Paramount and State are the annual home to SXSW Film Festival, ATX Television Festival, and Paramount Summer Classic Film Series (total of 300+ film screenings) and many outreach programs. Additionally, we own and produce the annual two-week Moontower JFL Austin Comedy Festival (11 days, 150+ comics, 170+ shows, 10 venues). Each year, more than 275,000 people pass through our doors to attend live performing arts events and films.
We have an immediate opening for an experienced Director of Stage Production. As an active member of our leadership team, this position is responsible for all aspects of production at both venues. Duties include hiring and scheduling production staff, creating and supervising production department budgets, creating and managing production calendars, overseeing successful and timely execution of all production elements of the theatres, advancing our commitment to equity and diversity in our production staff and ensuring the production team culture is positive, efficient, inclusive and collaborative.
Manage full time production staff, in addition to seasonal and Union (IATSE 205) full time and part time staff.
Responsible for staff recruiting, hiring, retention, scheduling, team meetings, communications, performance management, training, and professional development, approving time off, and disciplinary actions.
Prepare annual budget in concert with the Director of Technical Services, CEO and Finance department
Meet with clients for production needs, hosting meetings/tours/walkthroughs
Schedule and manage stage crew for rehearsals, load-ins/load-outs and performances.
Oversee all show productions, estimating related to offers issued on behalf of the ATA.
Act as IATSE union administrative contact regarding contract negotiation, disputes, payroll concerns, etc.
Act as Production Manager for special events as needed, often with the Development team
Manage talent relations and Front of House coordination on event filming
Conduct donor and visitor stage tours
Perform administrative oversight of department payroll and accounts payable
Represent production department at public functions
Cultivate and promote a safe working environment and ensure the production department operates in accordance with current health and safety regulations and best theatre practices.
Proven experience in a similar stage production role for at least 5 years
Strong leadership and communication skills
Must have experience working with labor unions
Experience in a historic venue preferred.
College degree preferred but experience may substitute
Experience with Microsoft Office and time and attendance or payroll systems
Must be available to work extended work hours at times, including nights and weekends.
Health insurance benefits package (medical, dental and vision)
Company paid short- and long-term disability
401(k) retirement plan with company match
Competitive time off via vacation accrual and holiday calendar
Access to covered downtown garage parking
Gold’s Gym membership discount
Countless opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences at shows, festivals, galas, and beyond
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating your fit for this role to email@example.com the subject line “Director of Stage Production”
Relocation assistance provided.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Austin Theatre Alliance/Paramount and State Theatres
Originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1915, the historic Paramount Theatre has been a second home for generations upon generations of Austinites to gather, connect, and get inspired. The Paramount currently operates alongside the Stateside Theatre next door under the Austin Theatre Alliance (ATA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
While we present hundreds of shows annually, the Paramount and Stateside Theatres are so much more than venues. The ATA reaches over 22,000 Central Texas students every year through award-winning Paramount Education programs both in classrooms and in the theatres; produces Moontower Comedy Festival, one of the largest comedy festivals in the nation; hosts the star-studded world premieres of SXSW, Austin Film Festival, and beyond; programs the beloved Summer Classic Film Series, now in its 45th year; and works with experts to ensure the careful preservation of Austin history. The Paramount is one of only 20 theatres left in the entire country that is over 100 years old and still in use as a venue.