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Job (Calgary): Venue & Production Manager – Downstage

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Job (Calgary): Venue & Production Manager – Downstage


Application Deadline: May 13, 2013

Downstage is a Calgary-based company dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates conversation around social issues. We produce a season of two full productions along with a work-in-development run of a new work. Our office is located in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to fill the part-time contract position of
Production & Venue Manager from September 1, 2013 to June 31, 2014. This is a 10-month maternity leave cover contract. The successful candidate will work as production manager for the company’s shows and care for Downstage’s two venues.

Production Management of Downstage’s shows, including:
o Planning, management and tracking of production budgets and designs
o Sourcing, renting and purchasing materials as necessary for the productions
o Creating and maintaining production & tech schedules
o Engaging and coordinating crew for setup & strike

Management of Motel and birds & stone venues, including:
o Programming venues with the oversight of the Artistic Director and in line with
mandate to prioritize emerging, original and/or experimental work
o Issuing rental contracts and invoices and maintaining a rental calendar
o Space maintenance including venue checks at the end of each rental period
o Overseeing the loan or rental of the technical inventory of Downstage

Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of theatrical production processes, including a working
understanding of the roles of designers, stage managers, and crew. Effective management skills,
written and oral communication skills, a flexible approach to working hours, and ability to work under pressure are a must. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, budgeting and problem-solving skills, and be detail-oriented.

Additional skills that are an asset include a class 5 drivers license, first aid training, technical knowledge of theatrical sound & lighting equipment and practical knowledge of computers including Microsoft Word & Excel. Previous experience as a theatre production manager is an asset but not required.

The position is for 630 hours at $15/hours for a maximum fee of $9,450. It is expected that the
candidate will average 15 hours per week, although hours will significantly increase during our two
production periods (January-February and March-April) and be lighter during non-production times.

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence via email to Artistic Director Simon Mallett: We will acknowledge receipt of your application and will contact all applicants as interviews are scheduled and decisions made.

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