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Job (Vancouver, BC): Production Director – Electric Company

Posted on: May 25, 2012
Closing date: July 1, 2012
Start Date: Summer-Autumn 2012
Term: Permanent
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Salary: 40-45k range
Reports to: Artistic Producer

Electric Company, one of Canada’s leading theatrical performance creation companies, is hiring for the dynamic position of Production Director, a full-time, senior, salaried job combining elements of general management and production leadership. The Production Director will become a partner in leading the company’s ongoing growth and transformation.

The ideal candidate is a lateral thinker with professional connections in Canadian art-making spheres. S/he has an intimate understanding of how theatre systems work, from artistic production processes to big-picture, interconnected industry and community networks. The candidate’s existing skill-set may include one or more of: production management, technical theatre production, stage management, general management, fundraising, or design. S/he may come from any number of backgrounds, and is drawn now to stable, long-term work in a casual but high-functioning and entrepreneurial environment, joining the team for adventures in an ever-changing theatrical landscape.

Position duties include: production and touring management; budgeting; office and general management; facilities management; contracting of production personnel and artists; support on marketing and networking initiatives.

The Production Director will also play an important role in the development of Electric Company’s unique shared studio space, Progress Lab 1422, and the new cultural property management company being set up to govern it: the Vancouver Creative Space Society.

Company Culture:
Electric Company is a nationally recognized creation-based theatre company known for its collaborative approach to building new works. The company was founded as a collective in 1996 by Kim Collier, Jonathon Young, Kevin Kerr and David Hudgins. Currently the company’s vision and programming is generated collaboratively by the core artists and is guided under the artistic direction of Kerr in collaboration with Artistic Producer Nathan Medd, Financial Manager Jennifer Swan, a team of long-time seasonal contractors, and a nine-member governing board.

Collaboration is central to all aspects of the company’s operation, from the rehearsal room to office management. Staff works together closely while contributing to the overall operation, managing individual accountability roles for which each is ultimately responsible. The company prides itself on its flexibility to adapt the working model to meet the emerging needs of both the company and its staff, including occasional outside freelance engagements.

A number of exciting productions are on the horizon, including numerous North American tours; a site-specific event for planetarium theatres; an installation performance at the Vancouver’s International Writers Festival; and the theatrical adaptation of a best-selling Canadian novel. In 2012-13 we shift to a model where the artistic leadership is focused on creation and artistic roles within productions, with organizational management and ancillary programming resting with the Artistic Producer and Production Director.

Based in Vancouver at PL1422, Electric Company makes original works of theatre and re-imagines existing texts with an emphasis on physical and visual imagery.

Electric Company is fascinated by the role of technology in our lives – especially how it extends or replaces our physical senses. The obsession to change the world, the impulse to create, the spirit of the pioneer and the danger and promise of the frontier have been recurring themes in much of the company’s work to date.

The scale of production has ranged from large-scale A+ House spectacles, down to small installation works for audiences of 1. Electric Company has been consistently cited in media outlets for matching world-class standards of artistic excellence and technical innovation. This is achieved in an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, experimentation, and generosity.

Electric Company aims to create a rewarding working environment for collaborators, who are encouraged to think outside their traditional roles – reaching across cultures, backgrounds, economics, and ideology to find the universal elements that connect all members of our community.

We are a not-for-profit charitable organization that is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC, the Vancouver Foundation, BC Film + Video, the Leon & Thea Koerner Foundation, a community of individual donors, and the best audience around.

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