Production Manager (Stage)

The role of the Portland Ovations Production Manager (PM) is to advance and manage the technical details of Portland Ovations’ live performing arts productions, which range from small chamber recitals all the way up to Broadway National Tours. The PM represents Portland Ovations in its dealings with production vendors, IATSE, visiting company production teams and facility staff in a variety of changing venues. The PM does this in consultation with Portland Ovations’ Programming Staff, including the Executive and Artistic Director and Associate Director of Programming.


Areas of Responsibility

  • The PM is responsible for advancing all production details in a timely manner with vendors, IATSE, visiting company production teams and venue staff.
  • The PM is responsible for negotiating with vendors, IATSE, visiting company production teams and venue staff to ensure that production schedules, rentals and labor are efficient and economical. The PM is expected to be proactive in this effort, identifying ways to minimize costs. This is done in consultation with Portland Ovations Programming Staff with the goal of meeting or coming in under budget.
  • PM is expected to review for approval production invoices from vendors and oversee and manage productions budgets in consultation with
  • The PM is expected to schedule piano tuning (and moving if necessary) as needed throughout the season.
  • The PM is expected to be a working hand on small to medium shows (requiring 8 hands or less), including classical recitals and music events
  • The PM is responsible for working with venue front-of-house staff and Portland Ovations staff to facilitate activities such as: pre-performance lecture set-up.
  • The PM is responsible for arranging backstage catering for events, in consultation with Associate Director of Programming. The PM is responsible for procuring and setting up onstage water (water dispenser and 5 gallon jugs) for large-scale performances (dance, Broadway, etc.)
  • PM may perform light runner duties if time allows.


  • At least 3 years of experience in technical management.
    • Exhibit keen attention to detail and analytical skills.
    • Must demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Experience scheduling and managing technical crews strongly preferred.
    • Working knowledge of technical theatrical systems – specifically lighting, sound, video, and rigging.
  • Maintain positive and calm attitude under pressure.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.


This is a contracted, part-time, hourly position with no benefits. Nights and weekends required. Ovations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Laura Stauffer, Associate Director of Programming, at