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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Theatre 10004832
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Education/Training

Position Summary

As the Production Manager, the incumbent will lead the Theatre 300 Practicum Series, which is core to the academic programming of the department for the Bachelor degrees as well as the minors offered by the department. Responsibilities will include scheduling, budgeting, contracting and execution of all aspects of production for the Department of Theatre including workshops, readings, and events. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the Department of Theatre and the Arts and Cultural Management Program. Courses may include production management and/or other courses related to applicant’s expertise.

The successful candidate will function as manager and liaison for the Department of Theatre in connection to Department, College, University and Community productions and events.

  • Department level duties: Candidate will coordinate production budgets for mainstage season productions, as established by the Chairperson of the Department of Theatre. Create and oversee the department production and special events calendar including – auditions, rehearsal scheduling, load-in/tech/dress schedules, photo shoots, juries, portfolio reviews, guest artists and residencies, and the summer theatre season. Schedule and run department production meetings. Manage and oversee department touring events & productions, including scheduling, booking, contracting, and transportation. Coordinate guest artist visits including travel, hospitality, and reimbursements. Coordinate primary/secondary school matinees with main stage shows. Manage student production series and faculty initiatives. Manage and oversee student crew coordination. Coordinate the hiring of shop employees as directed by shop heads of costume, electric, audio, scenic, and media shops. Serve as department surplus manager as well as enforce safety standards and maintain appropriate certifications.
  • College level duties: Serve as liaison for activities, events, and productions that collaborate with nationally recognized Wharton Center for Performing Arts: to include mainstage productions, new musical theatre development series, and the College of Arts and Letters Dean’s office with academic and special events.
  • University level duties: Serve as point person for facility and scheduling collaborations with various on and off campus partners. Assist with community outreach efforts of the department.

Michigan State University is a Tier I Research institution that places high value on research and creative activities. Additional responsibilities may include pursuit of grants and external funding opportunities.

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The Department of Theatre has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups including the LGBTQIA community. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found

The College of Arts and Letters employs 250 full-time faculty with 3300 undergraduates and 175 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 38 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 8 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African and African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context, and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also a long-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 programs each year. In 2016, faculty of color made up 25% of the College faculty and students of color made up 28% of its entering undergraduate class.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Theatre Management, Technical Theatre

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • Terminal degree preferred; minimum: Bachelor’s degree in theatre management, technical theatre or related field;
  • At least five years professional experience in production management for theatre or performing art industries.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and work within an approved department level annual budget.
  • Ability to problem-solve, work well under pressure, and possess excellent communication, and collaboration skills.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience managing large-scale theatrical productions including budgets and schedules, as well as union & non-union labor. Experience mentoring or working in an educational setting also a plus.

Required Application Materials

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter
  2. current curriculum vitae
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications
  4. a written summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research/creative endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and the names and
  5. the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 potential references.

Special Instructions

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Tina M. Newhauser or 517-884-7793. For more information about the Department of Theatre go to Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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