The Technical and Production Manager (TPM) reports to the Curator of Public Programs and Performance and is responsible for coordinating the theatrical, performing arts and occasional technical needs of special events in and on the grounds of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
The TPM supports the programmatic and technical needs of a diverse, year-round arts center, with specific responsibility for the Te Ata Theater and Founders Hall Dance Studio. The TPM works closely with the Curator of Public Programs and the House/Box Office Coordinator as part of the Public Programs and Performance Division of the Education Department.
Additionally, they will work cross departmentally with the External Events Manager, Executive Assistant and the Development team. Their role is to collaboratively assist in coordinating all production facets of the arts center’s performances, public programs, exhibition openings and events to advance our mission. The position requires a positive, strategic, collaborative and proactive communicator who is a strong and innovative thinker.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Advance all applicable arts center events and correspond with appropriate personnel and external sources to effectively plan for and answer questions regarding the facility and its technical specifications.
Verify all production details and requirements provided by internal and external sources.
Determine allowability of any equipment not owned by the arts center, and coordinate with outside vendors for any rentals, delivery, setup and use.
Working with Curator of Public Programs and Performance and other appropriate staff, set production times (load in/ load out, rehearsal, performance, cleanup, etc.) and establish crew schedules.
Prepare advance cost estimates for internal and external users for any additional labor and equipment. Work to adhere to budget requirements.
Work with House/Box Office Coordinator to determine preparedness of spaces for public access. Develop, update and enforce policies for performance spaces in conjunction with the Curator of Public Programs and Performance and the Operations Department.
Hire and train any part-time production staff.
Train relevant staff on best production practices and basic theater functions and operations. Based on budget, purchase required equipment and materials.
Oversee and ensure rigorous maintenance and care for all theatrical, stage and event equipment and performance spaces.
Other duties as assigned by the Curator of Public Programs and Performance
Undergraduate or higher degree in technical production, theatrical design, theater studies or related field preferred.
At least five years of professional experience in production management and/or technical direction; experience in major markets or on large national tours is a plus.
Knowledge of contemporary and traditional event production and presentation techniques for theatre, dance, music, opera, film, lectures and live events.
Working knowledge of techniques and methods of stage carpentry, rigging, lighting, sound, projection and communications design, installation and preparation for theatrical or related performances and events.
Keen ability to solve problems independently and collaboratively.
Ability to design, operate and maintain technical lighting and sound equipment and systems.
Familiarity with ETC consoles and equipment.
Ability to oversee arts center staff and other non-professionals around theatrical equipment, ensuring safety and proper use of equipment and spaces.
Positive, team-first attitude is a must.
Ability to balance competing priorities in planning and execution of annual programming and rental events.
Knowledge of basic first aid.
Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is a plus.
About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can
experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions,
performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma
Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and
artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s
education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new
skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the
center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3
nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick
Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.