Vice President, Production (Theaters)

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando, FL 32801

Job Details


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Who will this role appeal to? Candidates with a rich experience in leading and directing teams to execute on the activities of an extremely active arts/entertainment venue with multiple theaters and event spaces.  This person will oversee the execution and high quality presentation of events (commercial, corporate and social) and performances (Broadway to ballet; Rock to Opera; large-scale commercial shows to local community arts groups) in our multi-theater venue.  In addition to having sound technical experience, this individual must have demonstrated success in leading technical direction, stage management, and execution of high quality show production.  This individual must have extensive leadership experience to lead a diverse department of Directors, Managers, Event Crew and union technicians.  Most importantly, the candidate must be able to maintain and foster collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders while delivering an exceptional customer service experience for our guests.     

Position Summary
The Vice President, Production is responsible for leadership, quality, presentation, operation and administration of show and event production at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  This position will lead all aspects of the production department, ensuring successful high-quality delivery of performances and events.  The Vice President takes an active role in cultivating and producing Dr. Phillips Center presented performances and supporting community-based productions with internal production services.  The Vice President works with the Executive Vice President to develop and execute strategic work plans for the department.  Qualified candidates must have extensive experience in live stage theater, music, dance and event installation and execution at a multi-theater venue.  

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic and daily oversight of department to lead, manage and execute all aspects of production related to shows and events at the arts center.  Ensures production work plans are developed, executed, updated, and implemented as directed.
  • Responsible for bringing creative visions to life while elevating production work through close collaboration with incoming show producers and production teams.
  • Direct and provide show producing services and production work related to pre-production, show performance, and post-production needs.  Scope will include broad spectrum of performances including self-presented, education, contracted, community, events, outdoor venues, and other needs as directed.
  • Directs and ensures high quality of all audio, lighting, stage, set, and other production efforts.  Leads efforts in presenting a high-quality look and feel for production work.
  • Leads and directs all efforts in gathering and providing production and operations event information for all engagements presented at the Center including: Broadway engagements, concerts, community programming and special events.
  • Responsible for communicating activity, issues, and other critical information to key stakeholders and the Senior Leadership team.
  • Leads and directs a team who will work with incoming tour managers and technical staff; reviews and approves technical riders for the Center; and provides advance services/documentation regarding the Center’s general operations and processes to all touring organizations.  Arranges for and ensures that all approved rider requirements are met.  Reviews local musician requirements and arranges for supernumeraries as required. Ensures high level of guest service to visiting artist and productions.  Manage production negotiations for production related contracts.
  • Provides direction and leadership for union and non-union labor as required for all productions.  Adheres to all union contract rules.  Works with the EVP, Operations on contract negotiations.    Ensures all union and non-union work is executed in a cost conscious/efficient manner while ensure high quality of product.
  • Creates and enforces all safety regulations to ensure a safe and secure workplace for all production areas.  Adheres to all OSHA regulations and safety/workplace injury reporting requirements.  Conducts regular and frequent safety training for all production staff.
  • Oversees the maintenance program of all theatrical equipment.  Responsible for budgeting and implementing all capital maintenance required to keep the facility operating in a first-class manner across all venues.
  • Direct and track monthly/annual financial budget, forecast and results; monitors expenditures; and prepares justification for budget variations, and project increases for new projects.  Lead departmental budgeting and financial planning and ensure accurate execution and management.
  • Maintains a collaborative and positive relationship with all departments.
  • Accountable for administrative responsibilities to include: staffing, scheduling, payroll and budgets.  Interviews, selects. trains, supervises, counsels, disciplines and evaluates performance of team for the efficient operation of the department. Schedules and directs colleagues on their work assignments.  Conducts department meetings and weekly one on one’s with the staff. 
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with all policies and procedures that relate to the department as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. 
  • Follow and support all operational policies and procedures.  Assimilate into the arts center culture through understanding, supporting and demonstrating the core values. 
  • Maintain a professional and friendly relationship with other departments, colleagues and partners. Responds promptly to all inquiries, feedback and items of concern in keeping with our high standards of product and service excellence.
  • Able to remain calm under pressure.  Ability to work effectively with internal and external customers, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact, and diplomacy.  Maintain Dr. Phillips Center standards of customer service at all times.
  • Able to effectively communicate in English in both written and oral forms.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of ten years of professional leadership experience in show, entertainment and theater production.
  • Experience in producing show and event content and leading production teams in director or higher positions.
  • Extensive and diverse knowledge of show production.   Lighting, audio, stage, and other theater systems.
  • Has a great understanding of the creative deliverables across a multitude of mediums.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities in a fast-paced work environment with exacting deadlines.  Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with specific attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to manage and lead a diverse group of skilled and non-skilled workers to deliver efficient and safe load-ins, take-outs and show operations.
  • Ability to exercise creativity, initiative and good judgment in the handling of all internal and external customers, most importantly all artists who will visit the facility.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of personalities and successfully communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities.  Able to create and utilize Excel spreadsheets.  Must be able to perform moderately complex mathematical problems. 
  • Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.  Must be well-versed on venue logistics systems.

Special Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires the ability to work a variable schedule, evenings, weekends, and holidays to meet operational needs.

  Organizational Relationships
Positions directly reporting to this position:

  • Director, Production

Indirect reporting relationships:

  • Manager, Production
  • Production Technician Lead
  • Production Crew
  • IATSE Heads and Crew

The Dr. Phillips Center provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law.