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
- 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