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Production Manager

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Technology, Center for the Arts

The Production Manager is responsible for supervision of technical operations for the Center of the Arts and is responsible for implementing successful events and supervising student and overhire technical staff. This position reports to and assists the Director of Production in handling all of the technical needs at the Center for the Arts. The person in this position is responsible for working with guest artists and technicians to ensure high quality productions while maintaining a safe and pleasant working atmosphere.  This position helps the Center for the Arts achieve its mission of presenting an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions and thus: 1. Enhance the educational experience at the University for all students and to provide a professional laboratory to train students in the arts; 2. Foster artistic excellence and creativity; 3. Connect Pepperdine University and the richly varied communities of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.


  • Uphold University mission through work performed.
  • Supervise student and overhire crew for set-up, performance, strike, and maintenance of all events.
  • Train technical staff on safe and efficient back of house functions, including light board and sound board operation, running fly system, and other technical duties as necessary.
  • Communicating with Center for the Arts and Fine Arts staff on scheduling and theatre production needs.
  • Reviews plans for production elements of Center for the Arts presentations, university events, and community events in Smothers Theatre, Raitt Recital Hall, and Lindhurst Theatre.
  • Rent and purchase technical equipment and materials, for shows and facility improvements.
  • Supervise, setup, and mix Front of House and Monitors for concerts, theatrical events, and other events on Yamaha boards with Dante protocol.
  • Serve as lead technician when necessary for Center of the Arts event, including operating lighting, sound, video, and rigging systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: BA in Technical Theatre or the equivalent. 3-5 years professional experience in Technical Theatre Expert knowledge of audio setup and mixing. Experience supervising unskilled theatre technicians; expert in professional theatre protocol; working knowledge of stage management, lighting, and rigging. Must possess a strong ability to identify and correct safety hazards and be proactive about safety concerns within the theatrical/event setting.
Knowledge of front of house and monitor concert sound systems. Common theatre technologies including lighting consoles and equipment, sound consoles and equipment, counterweight fly system, Mac and PC computers, Qlab, and lifts (personnel and scissor). Knowledge of Dante audio protocol.

Preferred: 5-10 years professional experience in Technical Theatre Experience in supervising university students; experience in lighting and sound design for theatre, expert knowledge of stage management, lighting, rigging, and sound; electronics repair. Experience with Yamaha CL and L'Acoustics Wifo equipment and ETC Ion and NET3 systems, moving lights (installation, maintenance, and programming).

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds. 

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with all applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Nonexempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary:  $49,920-$52,000 annually

Advertised: Pacific Standard Time
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