Geffen Playhouse
Los Angeles, CA
Professional Job

Expires: 10/17/24

Job Dates

ASAP - Full Time


$100,000 - $110,000 annually

Position: Director of Production
Department: Production
Classification: Full Time / Exempt


The Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement:
In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.


Geffen Playhouse seeks a Director of Production to coordinate, supervise, and manage planning, scheduling, budgeting, contracting and execution of all aspects of physical productions including scenery, lights, costumes, props, paint, sound, and projections for 6-8 fully produced season productions in addition to a slate of projects in development and special events.

+bull; Drive production excellence by overseeing scheduling, facilitating productive meetings, coordinating with vendors and contractors, and ensuring clear communication and implementation of production plans.
+bull; Maintain a proactive approach by continually monitoring production progress across all areas, ensuring timely identification of potential issues; allowing for adjustments to guarantee readiness for technical rehearsals.
+bull; Foster clear and collaborative communication across departments and creative artists throughout the production lifecycle.
+bull; Develop and implement solutions to address space constraints, ensure safety compliance, and drive continuous improvement in production processes and performance.
+bull; Provide leadership and direction for the production department, encompassing recruitment, supervision, performance management, and professional development of production department supervisors, technical staff, stage managers, and temporary personnel.
+bull; Cultivate a thriving production environment by supporting, empowering, and motivating the production staff.
+bull; Work with Technical Directors to foster, develop and implement a comprehensive safety compliance program.
+bull; Collaborate with the General Manager on vendor, production staff, and artist contract negotiations.
+bull; Contribute to collaborative season planning initiatives.
+bull; Work alongside the Producer to develop a selection process for recommending designers and stage managers, ensuring a strong artistic fit and production expertise for each show.
+bull; Maintain a deep understanding of theatrical union agreements, including LORT CBAs with AEA, USA, and SDC. Act as a production liaison to interpret these agreements and facilitate communication with the unions.
+bull; Partner with the Development Department and Director of Operations to identify technical needs and requirements for special events, including the annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser.
+bull; Work alongside the Producer throughout the production lifecycle, contributing to the creation, execution, and oversight of production budgets.
+bull; Provide the CFO with regular departmental financial reports, including proactive notification of potential budget overages.
+bull; Work with Artistic + Production Administrator on payroll and show budget tracking.
+bull; Carry out other duties as requested by the Artistic Director or Executive Director.


+bull; Be able to keep a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours, to accommodate production needs.
+bull; Evening and weekend hours are mandatory during technical rehearsals and previews.
+bull; Bachelor's degree in Theatre, Production Management, or a related field (required).
+bull; Master's degree in Theatre, Production Management, or a related field (preferred).
+bull; 3-5 years of experience in production management for theatrical productions (required).
+bull; Thorough understanding of all aspects of theatrical production, with a strong focus on technical design and technology.
+bull; Proficiency in reading, interpreting, and modifying technical drawings, plots, and plans for scenic, sound, and lighting designs in Vectorworks and AutoCAD (required).
+bull; Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and production-specific software (e.g., scheduling, budgeting applications).
+bull; Ability to identify and resolve problems efficiently, gathering and analyzing information skillfully.
+bull; Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to collaborate effectively in group problem-solving situations.
+bull; Diplomatic and strong leadership skills to manage personnel and work effectively with individuals of varying experience levels.
+bull; Demonstrates creative problem-solving skills and progressive personnel management techniques.
+bull; Thrives in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment while maintaining composure and focus.

Salary Range: $100,000 - $110,000


Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: The Geffen covers the costs of HMO for health, and PPO for Dental and Vision. The option to +ldquo;buy up+rdquo; to PPO coverage and / or to add spouses, domestic partners, and children to their health policy

Life Insurance: The Geffen provides all regular full-time employees with a $25,000 life insurance policy, at no cost to the employee.

Retirement Plan: The Geffen has established a retirement plan commonly known as a code section 401 (k) profit sharing plan which is currently available after one year of service.


To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at www.geffenplayhouse.org/apply.
No phone calls, please.

The Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or off-duty and off-premises use of cannabis. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us via telephone at 310-208-6500 x148.


Clay Dzygun


(310) 208-6500

Business Address

10886 Le Conte Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Posted: 04/17/2024 12:24:44 EST

Last Updated: 04/17/2024 19:00 EST

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