Manager, Theater Programming

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Manager, Theater Programming


The Manager, Theater Programming works with VP & Executive Producer of Theater to manage the operations of the department’s presentations and self-produced shows. In addition to managing budgets and contracts, they will serve as the primary point of contact for production logistics and coordination with internal and external stakeholders.

The Manager must be able to make decisions and exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under pressure, as many projects are time sensitive and involve concurrent deadlines.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages logistics, under the guidance of the VP,  for 50% of all Theater Programming presentations and productions, working with external agencies, communicating with artists and agents, and working with internal staff to coordinate education, special events and legal issues. Serves in many similar capacities as a  General Manager for assigned produced theatrical productions including contracting creative teams, stage management, and artists. Duties include but are not limited to:
    • Contracting and maintaining of weekly financials and budgets
    • Management of internal booking calendar and ArtsVision for current and upcoming season of shows;
    • Liaising with company management, creative teams, Kennedy Center Booking, and Kennedy Center Production, to coordinate logistics for space management (onsite and offsite), production schedules and calendars, and production requirements for rehearsals and performances;
    • Management of payroll for all show employees;
    • Oversight of all payments as outlined in contracts and agreements;
    • Insures smooth flow of all communications
  • Work with Center’s Marketing, PR, and Development departments to advance presented and produced Theater programs.
  • Works with Coordinator on programming projects. Manages logistical details for approximately 200 performances or ancillary events per season
  • Research and evaluate trends and new programming ideas.   Review institutional data to help direct programming.
  • Reads scripts or other submitted materials on new plays and evaluate for artistic merit and production feasibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 – 8 years experience working in the Arts, in the capacity of Associate Producer/Associate General Manager, and/or Marketing or Booking agent.  Must have familiarity with theater realted budgets, numbers, contracts, etc.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science, Masters, or other education/experience in arts management
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit arts institution and/or Broadway/theatrical office.
  • Detail oriented, knowledge of Excel and accounting systems, and ability to prioritize between multiple job responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and ability to work with various levels at the Center.
  • Ability to work well with artists, booking managers and agents.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Technical (Stage)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): -
Experience: 5-10 Years
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree