The Production and Operations Manager is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of MET facilities, performances, rental performances and events, educational and special events, as assigned. Duties include the operational care and maintenance of the Mainstage Theatre, the Second Stage, rehearsal/classroom space, the shop and all other areas of the MET facility. This position requires skilled work, coordination, and cooperation with both professional and non-professional workers.


  • Ensure that all technical aspects (lighting, audio, video, etc.) of performances/space rentals/special events are supported and executed properly in a timely manner. Help plan, implement and track departmental operations and annual production budget.
    Help coordinate lighting and sound for performances/space rentals/special events, as necessary.
    Coordinate set design, lighting, sound, and set construction.
    Recruit, contract, train, and lead design teams.
    Oversee the Technical Director by allocating scheduling hours and work projects.
    With Technical Director, ensure OSHA compliance and safety.
    Process & submit timesheets & reimbursements for self, Technical Director, all production and design teams.
    Code all purchases made on the company credit card with appropriate GLC and Class codes & submit to bookkeeper timely.
    Ensure venues are prepared for performances/space rentals/special events, including the setup equipment, lights, sound, and testing of the same.
    Serve as the primary contact for vendors used to equipment, facility (i.e., piano tuners, locksmiths, electricians, etc.).
    Help manage technical production aspects for special events (i.e., Retro Prom, Drag Ball, MET-X, and other one-time events) as needed.
    Help maintain inventory and purchase expendable materials (i.e, tape, lighting color, lamps, etc.), as well as capital equipment associated with responsibilities to insure 100% readiness of all facilities.
    Make timely Advance Calls to performers, managers or individuals who use the facility in order to advise them and determine their technical needs.
    With Technical Director, oversee and maintain technical areas of the operations including Production office, props hallway, Scene Shop, and 3 offsite Storage units.
    Ensure company event and space calendar is accurate and up-to-date for performances, classes, rentals and other special events.
    Communicate weekly with ensemble and staff as to space allocations for the week.
    Assist MET staff in the planning and implementation of all aspects of the operations as needed.

Building Operations, Safety and Facilities Maintenance:

  • With Technical Director, perform basic physical maintenance on the facility (changing light bulbs, minor painting, and carpentry, etc).
    Ensure that building and all spaces are secured.
    Create work-flow documents, processes and train all METsters on best practices.
  • Information Technologies and Telecommunications:
  • Help ensure that facility, email, telephone systems, office equipment, and other office technologies are maintained and working properly.
    Update, maintain and/or service equipment working with outside vendors, as needed.
    Facilitate the training needs of the ensemble, Technical Director, designers.

Other responsibilities:

  • Serve as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external METsters.
    Support and actively build an office culture that is team-centric, dedicated to the happiness of all METsters (both company members as well as patrons).
    Thrive and engage in a busy, ever-changing environment.
    Assume other responsibilities as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit, stand, walk and work at a computer, relative to an office environment.
    Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including weekends and evenings, as required.
    Ability to lift up to 75 lbs; occasionally up to 150 lbs.
    Ability to climb and work at heights for extended periods of time.
    Some local travel in personal vehicle required (Home Depot, Sams Club, etc.).

Education, Experience, Knowledge & Skill Requirements:

  • Training in theater, dance, music, visual, graphic and other performing arts.
    Experience in stage production with knowledge and ability to operate stage lighting and sound reinforcement equipment
    Ability to operate basic hand and power tools common in the construction industry safely and efficiently
    Ability to operate specialty tools, such as sound mixers and processors, lighting controls and their systems
    Knowledge of building systems and operating principles
    Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills
    Demonstrated ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with difficult situations
    Superior project management skills and the ability to handle multiple activities simultaneously
    Demonstrated leadership abilities
    Strong information technologies skills with an understanding of network systems and emerging office technologies
    Proven ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.

Please email your resume and cover letter to tjanes@marylandensemble.org. No calls, please.

Application close date: Monday, October 7th, 2019, 12 noon EST.

About Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET)

We are a professional, collaborative theatre ensemble broadly connected to our community by inspiring passion for the arts with courageous, relevant, accessible programs that enable people to feel more, think deeper, and laugh longer.