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Production Manager

Taki Rua Productions

Job details

Taki Rua Productions
24 Nov 2016
Work type
Full time employment, Contract
Work classification
Management & Admin, Performing Arts, Toi Maori


Job Title:

Production Manager

Reporting To:

Operations Manager

Salary Band:

$50,000 - $55,000 (dependant on experience)


Minimum of 37.5 hours per week


Wellington, New Zealand

Contract Length

Until December 22, 2017

Start Date:

January 9, 2017


In 2017, Taki Rua has a busy schedule of producing and developing theatre shows.  We are looking for a special person to join our team to take responsibility for managing our performance programme. The role would suit someone who enjoys the challenge of managing projects and getting results through others. This person will have a strong eye for detail, and a commitment to both fulfil production requirements and complete all required reporting.  The role reports to the Operations Manager but is the head of our core production buisiness and part of the senior management team.

The Production Manager will be responsible for:

  • Managing theatre productions
  • Book and purchase all vehicle hires associated with each production.
  • Managing all production personnel in adherence to all production purchase procedures when using the Taki Rua company credit card and providing all relevant paperwork to the Operations Manager as requested.
  • Overseeing and reporting on intern progress as requested by the Operations Manager.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety hazards and guidelines for all rehearsal and performance venues are clearly communicated and flagged with all production personnel.
  • Sourcing any rehearsal/ performance requirements and assist with production needs (sourcing props, set, costume, equipment and materials in conjunction with the Production Designers)
  • Managing and allocating jobs for Pack In and Pack Out where applicable.
  • Responsibility for the returning of all hired / borrowed equipment and properties in liaison with the Operations Manager.
  • Obtaining quotes as required for purchases including props, set, costume and technical items.
  • Responsibility for set, prop and costume maintenance including washing and drying of all costumes. Provide a full inventory of items that require cleaning and instructions specific to garments.
  • Creating, monitoring and supplying inventories of all equipment, costumes, props, set, show reports and receipts.
  • Overseeing Pack In/ Pack Out requirements including opening and closing night functions where applicable.
  • Ensuring that all production reporting requirements and channels of communication are clearly communicated with production personnel, monitored, maintained and/or delivered as requested by the Operations Manager.
  • Creating and organising production meetings, meeting agendas and recording, typing and distributing hard copy & electronic copies of the agendas and minutes and follow up on any action to be taken. The Production Manager will keep an electronic folder of all meeting minutes.
  • Creating and distributing relevant schedules and all other information for distribution to production members.
  • Assessing, organising and overseeing technical components for the rehearsal/production periods.
  • Hiring/purchasing of appropriate sound, lighting and sundry equipment/special requirements as needed (and return).
  • Managing the overall production budget in collaboration with the Operations Manager.
  • Responsibility for communicating financial procedures and protocol as designated by the Operations Manager, to all production personnel.
  • Agreeing to work within budgets as advised by the Operations Manager.
  • Liaising with director/designers/actors on a daily basis during the rehearsal periods.
  • Overseeing petty cash expenditure and distribution.
  • Providing receipts for all expenses to the Operations Manager.
  • Developing and co-ordinating all aspects of pre-production, rehearsal and performance schedules.
  • Attendance as scheduled for all required rehearsals, performances and technical procedures.
  • Assisting the Marketing and Sponsorship Co-ordinator to promote the productions by distributing marketing material as designated to networks, participating in any events or campaigns that are designed to increase audience attendance, and providing copy for marketing platforms such as Facebook and our monthly panui.

It is essential that our Production Manager has good financial and written reporting skills, is computer literate, is able to pick up Taki Rua systems and understands new health and safety regulations as it applies to productions in theatres and public spaces.  Being able to communicate fluently in te reo Māori and apply tikanga to working practices would be very advantageous.

The Production Manager will be motivated by a commitment to seeing Taki Rua play a positive role in building strong connections and partnerships with the Māori Theatre Industry and to demonstrating whanaungatanga and kotahitanga to the wider Taki Rua whānau.

As part of a small team the Production Manager may be required to support Taki Rua in fundraising ventures and grant applications. This role will oversee all productions and workshops as part of the core buisiness with an opportunity to participate in planning on the artistic direction of Taki Rua Productions.


The ideal person will have extensive experience of and passion for producing and managing theatre and stage productions, and have a wide list of contacts in the theatre industry. They will have demonstrated that they can develop a strong positive rapport with cast, crew and production teams, and that they have an empowering work attitude and strong work ethic. They will have a passion for te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. They are experienced in production management, whilst working to tight deadlines and upholding “best practice” financial reporting and procedures as required by Taki Rua, our stakeholders and government agencies. They have a track record in delivering performances on time and have shown they have the analytical skills to consider the strengths and weaknesses of productions, can identify possibilities for future development, and can compile the technical riders for future touring. 

How to apply

To apply please send via post or email a Curriculum Vitae and cover letter expressing your interest in the role by Thursday 24th November. A shortlist will be selected to interview with the successful applicant commencing the role on 9th January 2017.

Any queries on the role and job application, can you please email or call on (04) 385-3110 or (027) 521-9599. Please send your applications to this email address or by mail to PO Box 24167, Manners Street, Wellington, 6142.

Written by

Taki Rua Productions

19 Jan 2016

NEW ZEALAND'S FOREMOST MĀORI THEATRE COMPANY. Taki Rua produce, commission and develop theatre with a distinctively Māori voice. We collaborate with the brightest voices in our industry, touring productions both locally and internationally.