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Production Manager

New Spire Arts Production Manager


Position Title: Production Manager                           Supervisor’s Title:  Executive Director

FLSA: Exempt                                                            Position Type: Full Time

Salary:  $60K

Organizational Background:

New Spire Arts (NSA) is a new performing arts education and performance center in Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland and about an hour’s drive northwest of Washington, DC. Two downtown properties are being renovated into the New Spire Stages and New Spire Studios, performance and education venues, respectively. New Spire Stages, the city’s former Cultural Arts Center, will be an arts performance and information focal point for the community and will include a 250-seat black box theatre and small amphitheater/gathering space. The New Spire Studios, a former Department of Education facility, will be an education and creative hub, with classrooms and suites designed to serve current and future forms of performing arts presentation and instruction. New Spire Arts will anchor the Frederick theater district with cutting edge performances and transformational educational programs. The organization was created as a response to Frederick’s need for exceptional arts programming and as a catalyst to support local artists.

Production Manager:  The Production Manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of production including hiring and supervision of all production personnel, working with directors and designers (in-house and outside companies) to ensure top quality productions, creating and maintaining production budgets, facility management and oversight. 3-5 years’ experience as a Production Manager or 5+ years’ experience as a member of a Production Management team required.

Key responsibilities include:

Planning & Implementation:

  • Work with Executive Director on season planning, scheduling and budgeting.
  • Work with the Director of Education on season planning, scheduling and budgeting.
  • Oversee each production from conceptual production meetings to closing.
  • Monitor and communicate closely with all members of the production department during all phases of the design and build process.
  • Read all rehearsal and performance reports and ensure that all notes are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Serve as main point of contact for renters and productions, ensuring that the lighting/scene/sound design can be achieved given the available resources.
  • Ensure that cost outs of production designs occur in a timely manner. When necessary, facilitate discussions to scale down designs when they are over budget.
  • Attend and run all production meetings. Production meetings occur for all New Spire Stages productions, outside rentals as needed, summer camp productions, and any NSA Fundraising Galas.
  • Attend technical rehearsals and previews. Serve as liaison between New Spire Arts and guest artists, to maintain high quality and make decisions regarding labor and budget constraints, run production meetings after technical rehearsals and coordinate schedules and resources.

Guest Interaction:

  • Responsible for client facing duties by greeting, welcoming, and directing visitors appropriately both in person and on the phone
  • Greet guests upon arrival and connect them with the appropriate party
  • Answer questions about classes, events and rentals
  • Lead tours for guests requesting rentals to view the facility

Office Duties:

  • Work with staff to ensure updates in Patron Manager system are completed as necessary
  • Oversee the inventory of equipment and supplies
  • Manage event calendars and schedule meetings
  • Pass along complaints or problems to the appropriate party or handle when necessary

Internal Interactions: Works closely with Executive, Operations, Education, and Office departments to be able to direct guests appropriately, answer questions, and perform other duties.

Relationship-Building: Represent the organization by welcoming guests and directing them to their location

Staff Management: Develop a team as the department grows, including staff, and interns.

Salary: The salary will range between $60K – $65K depending on education and prior experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in theater production or equivalent experience
  • 5 + years’ experience in production management or related field
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in supervisory position

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and multitasking skills, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, vendors, patrons, etc.
  • Exceptional customer service skills and professional phone manner
  • Excellent organizational, skills
  • Good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Friendly, professional and welcoming when interacting with guests
  • Microsoft Office Skills – knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing documents
  • Knowledge of Patron Manager system preferred
  • Creative thinking for problem solving
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Works well under pressure

Special Requirements: Candidate must be able to accommodate a flexible schedule requiring some evenings and weekends throughout the year.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

New Spire Arts is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

New Spire Arts is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Candidates should describe previous activities working with a diverse donor base and mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups.


To apply:

Cover letter and resume may be submitted to Daniel Singh, Executive Director of New Spire Arts, via Priority will be given to applications received by November 30, 2018.


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Intern with New Spire Arts! We have three internships with rolling applications available to students.

To apply, please email a cover letter describing why you would like to work with New Spire Arts and what skills you have to offer and a PDF resume to If you are applying for a Marketing Internship, please include at least one example of graphic design work.

New Spire Arts is an equal opportunity employer, has an inclusive work environment, and actively embraces a diversity of people, backgrounds, ideas, talents, and experience.

Programming Internship


The New Spire Arts Programming Internship provides hands-on practical experience for college students or recent college graduates to prepare them for a career in the arts and non-profit sectors. This internship reports directly to the Producing Artistic Director and offers rare behind-the-scenes access to the creation of an arts center.

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting with event management,
  • managing artist booking and contracts,
  • helping to track expenses and monitor programs,
  • assisting with theatre rental coordination, and
  • providing administrative office support.

Applicants should be creative, technically savvy and self-motivated, with excellent organizational skills and a commitment to following through on independent projects. Media skills are a plus. Attention to detail, willingness to pitch in on a variety of tasks and a passion for performing arts are required.

Internships require a minimum of ten hours per week. Position is unpaid but college credit, community service and/or fieldwork hours are available.


Education Internship


The New Spire Arts Education Intern will support New Spire Arts’ education work through arts administration and assistant opportunities. In addition to providing hands-on assistance and observation of our education programs, the intern will learn how to create, manage and produce effective performing arts programming.

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting with performing arts classes, shadowing teaching artists, facilitating arts activities and working one-on-one with students (ages 5-14),
  • facilitating check-in and check-out procedures by welcoming and receiving students and families in a friendly, engaging, and professional manner and fielding enquiries about our programs,
  • providing administrative office support for the education office, and
  • conducting research on potential partner schools and community organizations.

Applicants should be outgoing, patient individuals with excellent administrative, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail and a passion for arts and youth education is required. A background in educational theatre and/or musical theatre is a plus.

Internships require a minimum of ten hours per week. Position is unpaid but college credit, community service and/or fieldwork hours are available.


Marketing Internship


The New Spire Arts Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to help build the New Spire Arts brand and assist with the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns.

Responsibilities include:

  • assisting with the development of creative and engaging social media content,
  • documenting and supporting New Spire Arts staff at events,
  • researching ways to reach new audiences and markets through traditional and digital media, and
  • distributing marketing materials.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, be knowledgeable about social media platforms and have an understanding of design and branding principles. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred but not required.

Internships require a minimum of ten hours per week. Position is unpaid but college credit, community service and/or fieldwork hours are available.

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