Director of Production

The Rose Theater (Omaha Theater Company) / Omaha, NE



Full Time Position Title: Director of Production

Company Description: The Rose Theater (Omaha Theater Company) is a growing $4M theater for young audiences.  Housed in a beautiful early 20th-century movie palace, our 910 seat house is home to 9 professional mainstage productions each season.  We are radically dedicated to accessibility, embodied in our Membership Program which effectively reduces cost as a barrier to attendance, as well as our Every Single Child Program which reaches more than 60,000 young people each season at no cost to most schools.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Director of Production will be a leader within the company.  They will oversee, coordinate, schedule and manage all aspects of scenery, properties, lighting and sound for all Rose Theater productions. The Director of Production will also work closely with guest artists as well as the Technical, Lighting, Sound and Costume Directors to ensure all technical aspects of The Rose function effectively.


Essential Job Duties

  • Lead all technical areas for The Rose, ensuring a safe working environment for all staff and artists.
  • Serve as a department head within the organization responsible for developing and monitoring elements of strategic plan to support company’s long-term vision.
  • Work collaboratively and creatively with designers and directors to ensure artistically rigorous productions are shepherded to the stage.
  • Coordinate production schedule (design and production meetings, builds, load-ins, strikes) and ensure deadlines are met in each technical area for mainstage and education productions.
  • Hire and supervise contract stage managers, board operators and scenic artists.
  • Maintain high levels of communication across all departments.
  • Hire and train, and supervise technical staff including full-time, part time, and volunteers.
  • Work with the Facilities Director on rental needs such as scenery, lighting and sound.
  • Develop and monitor the annual technical budget.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and audience members in regard to scenery, props and special effects.
  • Perform annual written evaluations for staff.
  • Assist the Artistic and Managing Director in artist identification, contracting, and coordination. Help organize auditions.
  • Work collaboratively with the Artistic Director and Literary Manager to manage new play development workshops if and when technical elements are utilized.

Other Job Duties

  • Attend all necessary meetings, including tech, dress and preview rehearsals up to and including opening night.
  • Work flexible schedule depending on production needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director.

Education, Training and Experience

  • B.A or B.F.A. in Technical Theater. Master’s Degree preferred. Applicable disciplines include but are not limited to Technical Direction, Stage Management, or Arts Administration.
  • Previous experience in supervision, ideally at least three years of supervisory experience in the management of production elements.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to operate double purchase fly system.
  • Time management and organizational skills to prioritize tasks and assignments.
  • Ability to meet all deadlines under pressure situations.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with employees at all levels within the organization.
  • Act as a representative of the company at all times, providing excellent customer service to members, patrons, vendors and staff.
  • Ability to work with guest designers.
  • Ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to lead staff to meet goals and deadlines.

Salary and Application Instructions

This is a full time, exempt position. Salary $55,000.  Relocation support will be provided. Benefits include Life, Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance as well as 401K plan. Children of employees may enroll in education programs free.


Operating out of a beautiful historic theater, The Rose annually produces six professional productions. Recent world premieres include Return To Niobrara by Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Howie D: Back In The Day with Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough. The Rose is also one of America’s largest theaters for multigenerational audiences. The Rose opened a new 27,000 square foot education studio in 2020.

Omaha is ranked by Forbes as the 7th best city in America to raise a family and by Wallet Hub as one of the 20 best cities based on affordability, education & health, quality of life, and safety.

No “cover letters” necessary. While we ask that resumes be submitted in written form, we invite applicants to submit their statement of interest via a written document, audio or video recording – whatever form best supports your self-expression. Materials may be sent to Artistic Director Matthew Gutschick at  Please include “Director of Production” in the subject line.