Production Manager

Oregon Children's Theatre / Portland, OR

Title: Production Manager

Category: Full-Time, Exempt

Department: Production

Location: NE Portland, with occasional work downtown

Compensation: Salaried annual base pay rate in the mid-$40’s depending on experience; eligible for benefits including healthcare & PTO.

Deadline: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5:00pm. We encourage you to apply early. We will review applications on a rolling basis and schedule interviews as they’re considered.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to Kira Lombardozzi at with subject line “Production Manager Job.” Please submit all materials as a single PDF; include your name in the file name. (Sample: Lombardozzi Application.pdf)


Oregon Children’s Theatre seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, organized individual to lead its Production department. The Production Manager serves as a member of OCT’s leadership team, with responsibility for ensuring timely scheduling and planning of the production process, budget development, supervision of department personnel, and accurate inter-departmental communication. The PM works in conjunction with contracted artistic staff and Technical Director to ensure execution of the highest possible production values. OCT produces five mainstage productions and three student productions each season in three different venues, as well as additional events, tours, and projects. The position is directly supervised by the Artistic Director and supervises a department staff of two as well as four seasonal shop employees, and about 80 temporary employees each season.


  • Manage an annual budget of $800,000 comprising five stage productions in two venues. Approve and control spending, track expenses, and report on all technical production purchases or rentals.
  • Primary point of communication with Portland’5, IATSE Local 28, and other vendors.
  • Arrange, fulfill, and invoice rentals of OCT’s scenery, props and costumes.
  • Interface with the Education Director in support of Young Professional Company productions, delegate workload to TD and Production Associate, and supervise the Young Professionals Coordinator.
  • Provide cross-departmental organizational support for fundraising events, backstage tours and production elements of other programming to ensure overall success of all event and venue operations by advising logistics and allocating staff or equipment resources.


We seek an individual with directly applicable experience, who will provide leadership and be committed to ongoing learning. The successful candidate will be proactive, possess excellent time management skills, have strong attention to detail, and lead with a positive attitude. Being able to anticipate needs, problem solve calmly & creatively, seek new knowledge, and prioritize time sensitive tasks are essential strengths in this role.

  • Three to five years of professional experience as a theatrical production manager, including at least two years supervising personnel and some experience at an organization of comparable size.
  • Demonstrated budget development and expense tracking skills.
  • Experience managing complex projects including delegation of tasks and enforcing timeline benchmarks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Comfortable and successful working independently and collaboratively.
  • Familiarity in all facets of theater production (Scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting, sound, costume construction, projection and special effects).
  • Competence to create, advise and enforce safety protocols.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work days, weekends, evenings and holidays as needed to meet production deadlines.
  • Flexibility to work in transient office spaces, such as at the scene shop or performance venue.
  • Very strong computer proficiency and familiarity with theatre industry software, including ability to read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Because OCT provides services to and works with youth, a background check may be required.


The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region’s largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120, 000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website ( to learn more about our mission and programs.



Oregon Children’s Theatre believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that Oregon Children’s Theatre has been historically staffed by predominately white and able-bodied people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome requests for accommodations during the application or employment process.