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Jobs (Edmonton): Production Manager / Technical Director – Freewill Players

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Jobs (Edmonton): Production Manager / Technical Director – Freewill Players

Freewill Players is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups.

Job Title: Production Manager / Technical Director
Submission E-mail:
Contact Name: Cassie Duval, Managing Director
To apply for this position please email your cover letter and resume along with any other pertinent information to Freewill Shakespeare Festival: Attn: Cassie Duval.
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Applications must include a list of three references. Applications that do not include references will be considered incomplete. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Salary: $19,000-$21,000 depending on experience
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Additional information:
Job title: Production Manager / Technical Director
Organization name: Freewill Shakespeare Festival
Job location: Edmonton, Alberta
Wage: $26/ hour (Part-time hours 10-15 hrs/week, Full-time hours 20-40 / week)
Hours: Full time during the Festival, part-time hours before production to be negotiated.
Application Deadline: November 13, 2022 11:59PM MST. Or until filled.
Start Date: Part-time hours to begin in January 2023, Full-time hours to begin in May 2023
End Date: This position may continue part-time through 2023 after the festival ends in August 2023. This is negotiable.

Position Summary:
The Production Manager/ Technical Director supervises and coordinates all production and technical elements for all Freewill productions; responsible for the scheduling, budgeting (in consultation with the Managing Director), contracting crew heads, and execution of all aspects of physical production, establishes technical schedule of deadlines, production goals, and performance calendar; and hires and supervises crew assignments. Responsible for set-up, operation and take-down of the technical & production elements for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This includes overseeing all non-union crew heads, non-union crew members, and summer students.
Maintains effective, clear and appropriate communications with all staff, artistic and production personnel and crews at all times. Cultivates and maintains a positive and inviting environment. Maintains on-the-ground oversight of technical aspects of the productions. The Production consults with the Artistic Director and reports to the Managing Director. Requires frequent evening and weekend hours during the run of the festival.
Responsible for set-up, operation and take-down of the technical & production elements for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This includes overseeing all non-union crew heads, non-union crew members, summer students and participating as a running crew member.

Position Specifics:
The Production Manager will be responsible for the scheduling, budgeting, contracting, and execution of all aspects of physical production, including scenery, lights, costumes, props, paint, and sound for all Freewill productions. In conjunction with the Managing Director and the Artistic Director, the PM will lead all production efforts, including hiring and supervising all production staff and crew.
The 2023 Freewill Shakespeare Festival will be producing outside of its usual venue (The Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park) and a Production Manager will be required to help with locating the new venue(s), designing and help with budgeting this new and exciting version of the festival.


  • Diploma or Degree in a technical theatre program from a post-secondary institution.
  • Class 5 driver’s licence. It is strongly suggested this person has a vehicle.
  • Knowledge and adherence to safe working practices.
  • Motivated: able to see a task that requires attention and completes such tasks without hesitation.
  • Ability to remain positive, upbeat, professional and with a calm demeanour under stress.
  • Physical fitness: ability to climb, work on ladders and vertical lifts, lift up to 30 pounds and stand for long periods of time.
  • Knowledge and understanding of lighting systems, audio systems, scenery installation standards, rigging standards, basic painting techniques, and props handling.


  • Knowledge of Canadian theatre agreements (CAEA’s ITAs) and Canadian theatre ecology.
  • A passion for theatre, performing arts, and community engaged arts.
  • Experience with outdoor productions that travel is an asset.
  • Qualifications and experience as a Stage Manager or Production Assistant is an asset.

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