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Production Manager

Job details

Orchestra Wellington
8 Oct 2018
Work type
Part time employment
Work classification
Music, Performing Arts


Production Manager (c. 15 hours / week)

This position can be combined with the Orchestra Manager role – also currently advertised - to make one full-time position

Based in Wellington


About Orchestra Wellington

We are Wellington’s orchestra, performing for the region for almost 70 years.  Each year 100,000 people hear the orchestra perform live; at our concert series at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, as well as at community, family and school concerts, at outdoor events and in productions with New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.


The Production Manager is a key member of the administration team, responsible for all technical, logistical and stage management needs for the orchestra’s rehearsals, performances, education activities and recordings.  The role entails working primarily at venues (e.g. Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre, Opera House, Te Whaea Dance & Drama Centre, outdoor locations) with some hours at the Orchestra Wellington office, as required.  The role involves a significant amount of evening and weekend work.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • All aspects of stage management from pack in to pack out, for all rehearsals and all performances
  • Produce stage plans and supervise the setting up and striking of the orchestra’s instruments and equipment. Coordinate and manage casual stage helpers/technical staff as required. 
  • Oversee all technical, sound and lighting requirements
  • Liaise with technical and transport providers
  • Responsible for Health & Safety for all players, artists and conductors at rehearsals and performances
  • Responsible for the Safe keeping, maintenance, repair and replacement of the orchestra’s instruments and equipment


Candidate Requirements

  • Proven experience of stage management for a professional orchestra
  • Demonstrable understanding of theatre and concert hall production practices, including lighting and sound
  • Experience with production requirements for outdoor performances
  • Understanding and knowledge of health & safety issues in an orchestra environment
  • Knowledge of orchestral layouts and stage plans
  • Tact, diplomacy and composure under pressure, able to respond sensitively to artists’ requirements
  • Able to foresee problems and quickly come up with solutions – a ‘can do’ attitude essential
  • Good communicator, able to establish rapport with people at all levels



How to apply

For a job description email Kirsten Mason, General Manager, on

For an informal and confidential chat, call Kirsten on 021 1796598.

To apply, candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining why they are the right person for the job to

We welcome applications from candidates who wish to apply for both the Production Manager (15 hours/week) and Orchestra Manager (25 hours/week) roles.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 8th October

Written by

Kirsten Mason

19 Sep 2018