Head of ProductionHead of Production

Employer: Bell Shakespeare
Work Type: Full-time
Category: Technical/Backstage
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Applications close:

Job description

Bell Shakespeare, Australia’s national touring company headquartered in Sydney, seeks an experienced Head of Production to join the Company at an incredibly exciting time in its history. With the Company approaching its 30th anniversary year and about to take up residence in new premises as part of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, there are significant opportunities for an experienced individual to make their mark and support the Company’s next chapter.

The Head of Production is responsible for the planning and delivery of the Company’s annual program of activity to the highest possible standards. Working closely with the Artistic Director and creative teams, this role provides critical production and logistical support for the Company’s theatre and education productions and activity, functions and events, and includes planning, budgeting, rehearsals, pre-production, bump in, runs and bump outs.

The position reports to the Executive Director, is part of the Senior Management Team and will play a key strategic role in supporting the Company’s move to new premises as part of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

Directly managing a team of four permanent staff, the Head of Production will be skilled in managing concurrent projects and teams of creative staff, crew and contractors to realise the Company’s annual program as well as managing and maintaining rehearsal, production, administrative and storage premises.

The successful application will be an excellent communicator and a passionate, driven contributor to the Company.

Essential criteria
• Demonstrated professional industry experience of at least 5 years
• Strong knowledge and experience in theatre production techniques
• Solid experience in the touring and delivery of live theatrical works
• Excellent problem solving and communication skills
• Ability to keep calm under pressure
• Ability to create and interpret technical drawings using CAD software
• An empathy and passion for the artistic process
• Proven ability to work in a team environment whilst also able to work autonomously
• Flexible attitude to duties, responsibilities and working hours within the skill set of the position
• High level computer skills, particularly using spreadsheets and word processing software
• Ability to keep detailed written and electronic records
• Must hold a current driver’s licence
• Be an Australian Citizen or hold permanent residency

Desirable skills
• Tertiary Qualifications in arts, arts management and/or theatre technical and production fields
• Knowledge of Workplace Health & Safety requirements in a production environment and prior experience producing WHS documentation including Risk Assessments and Safe Work Method Statements
• Experience in the planning, installation and operation of technical systems
• Experience in coordinating set and prop construction and an understanding of construction processes and timelines
• Experience in using tools and machinery
• Forklift licence
• Dogging and/or Riggers certification

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send through your CV and a cover letter marked to the attention of:

John Henderson
Chief Operating Officer
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Applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday 17 May 2019

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About Bell Shakespeare

Contact person: John Henderson

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Contact website: https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/about-us/job-opportunities/




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