Production Manager/Technical Director


Production Manager/Technical Director

NEW YORK, NY 10021



Job Details




Production Manager/Technical Director


Job Type: Freelance; potential of developing into part-time depending on individual

Reporting to: Producing Director

Working with:
 Artistic Director/ Stage Manager / Associate Producer / Designers /Technical Crew

About Elevator Repair Service
ERS is a non-profit ensemble company that creates original works for the stage. Awards include an Obie for Sustained Excellence, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience for Gatz, and multiple Obies for design for Arguendo, The Sound and the Fury, and The Select (The Sun Also Rises).  The administrative offices are located in Manhattan, and currently the company has no permanent rehearsal space. The company tours internationally and domestically with pieces from the repertory, and new pieces as they are developed. ERS generally has a 6-10 week run at a New York off-Broadway venue every 12 to 24 months. The creative and technical team tends to be a consistent group of people, but most work with ERS project to project, many times overlapping with heavy responsibilities to other companies and engagements.

A “typical” ERS piece will have 4 to 6 work in progress showings over the course of 12 to 24 months, with ever increasingly complex production needs, culminating in a 4 to 10 week engagement. The piece will then tour to 1 to 10 engagements in a year, sometimes with 3 or four consecutive stops, typically seven to nine days each.

ERS is seeking an individual with a broad range of skills, both managerial and hands-on technical expertise.

The Production Manager/Technical Director position is currently freelance, with competitive fees paid. As of August 1, 2018, the position could develop into a salaried position with benefits: health insurance coverage, five weeks vacation, FSA, OCA and TransitChek.


ERS has two confirmed engagements coming up, requiring the PM/TD:

·       2-week tour of The Select (The Sun Also Rises) in February 2018 to New Zealand (candidate would train as Associate PM/TD under current PM/TD)

·       the mounting of an original new play with a four week run in NYC at Abrons Arts Center in June 2018, which will require the new production manager to solely lead the pre-production design process from January to May, and then the load in, install and run


There is a strong possibility that ERS will secure additional overseas tours in spring/ summer 2018.


Ideally the same person would be engaged for all of these activities, although lack of availability for one does not disqualify a candidate from consideration.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The ERS Production Manger/Technical Director has three primary areas of responsibility:

·       Pre-production development of new pieces – interfacing with ERS artistic, creative and technical team

·       Management of pre-production planning of tours and NY engagements – interfacing with presenters and technical departments of the presenters

·       Overseeing and actively participating in load in, tech and strike for all engagements – coordinating ERS team with presenter’s team

In 2018 season ERS has two confirmed engagements, and a possible third. Details below.

General responsibilities:

   Scheduling and managing pre-production timelines and production schedules to maximize efficiency and bring into alignment ERS’s technical needs with the customs and budgets of the presenters 

   Soliciting and synthesizing requirements of all creative and production elements from designers and creative team  

   Scheduling and leading production meetings

   Overseeing the cross-loading of sets and technical equipment from ERS storage facilities in Midtown and in Orange, CT to shipping containers, and hiring and overseeing technical crew as necessary for cross-loads

   Working closely with local Production Managers of the Presenters to plan schedule, crew calls, freight

   Managing all aspects of freight for tours, including soliciting bids and writing manifest

   Coordinating the realization of all physical production elements for new pieces, ensuring these are created / constructed to the highest possible standards and are fit for purpose, often in close contact with shops of Presenters

   support of and liaison with production creative teams and producing personnel

   quality control of all production aspects throughout production runs

   being the first point of contact in respect of any regarding pay and conditions for the freelance Technical Crew

   ensuring at all times a safe working environment and compliance with all Health & Safety and licensing regulations, including liaison with relevant authorities

   Consulting with producer on budgets and providing budgetary information when required

   Ability to have a hands on approach to fulfillment of technical needs – lifting required

   Creation of CAD drawings to include ground plan, section and sightline survey, in collaboration with lighting and set designers, to integrate all aspects of the production

   any other duties required, commensurate with the scope of the role




   an open-minded and collaborative approach to working – ERS is an ensemble that devises original work together – and that extends to how we approach technical issues as well artistic

   experience across a range of technical departments

   commitment to achieving high standards within limited resources

   ability to plan and prioritize work effectively

   clear, professional email communication style

   strong personnel management and team leadership skills

   strong technical skills

   a flexible approach to working

   experience of working with and supporting freelance creative team

   experience of co-production / collaboration with a variety of partners

   awareness of current trends in theatre technology

   computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheets and CAD/similar


   experience and contacts in out-sourcing set, prop and costume making

   up-to-date knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and practice

   has use of personal computer

owns license or has access to CAD drawing software    


January 1, 2018 -



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