Administrative Opportunities



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Director of Production


Reporting to the Annenberg Center’s Executive & Artistic Director, the Director of Production is responsible for the management of the Annenberg Center’s Production Department; is a key player in developing business strategy for the Annenberg Center’s future growth at the University across venue management and production servicing; oversees stewardship, maintenance and utilization of all Annenberg Center facilities; supervises all production staff; is a close liaison with the Annenberg Center Public Engagement Office, which oversees facility rentals and front-of-house operations (ushering & concessions); oversees & manages coordination of all building maintenance, theatre equipment inspection, repair and safety; and the safe, smooth, efficient and professional presentation of all Annenberg Center-managed performances, within budgeted projections.

The Director of Production is an integral member of the Annenberg Center’s senior leadership team, working collaboratively to optimize programming within the Annenberg Center and with partner artists, ensembles and institutions. The Director of Production will serve as a resource for both the Annenberg Center and other cultural institutions at Penn, especially as new production servicing and events take place across the University campus. Senior leadership at the Annenberg Center include the Executive & Artistic Director and Directors of Finance & Administration, Marketing & Communications and Development. Key reports include an Associate Director of Operations; an Artistic Project Manager; numerous full-tim, part-time and temporary theatre technicians; and union stagehands, dressers and teamsters (on an as-needed basis).

The Director of Production supervises the Production Department’s frontline Event Coordinators, working closely with them in the provision of high quality technical and patron service support to the Annenberg Center’s visiting artists; to its local campus partners (e.g. Penn schools, departments, centers, and especially Student Life and student performing arts groups); and to its external, profit and non-profit clients, including the professional presentation of their programs and the comfort and safety of all attending audiences. Annually, these events comprise more than 800 activities per year, including a wide range of performances, rehearsals, classes, lectures, forums, exhibitions, special events and other activities.

The position emphasizes extensive interdepartmental collaboration and requires evening and weekend hours, plus an active, supervisory presence at all major events.



Bachelor’s degree, preferably in technical theatre or stage management (advanced degree in a relevant area of study preferred), plus 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; substantial management experience in technical production, events management, budgeting, forecasting, and personnel management, plus expertise and experience in some – and familiarization in all – of the following technical areas: power and lighting, audio, electronics and theatrical computer systems, rigging, theatre safety and building maintenance.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Outstanding problem-solving skills, with a documented history of implementing new techniques and systems to improve accuracy and work-flow. Proficiency in the use of various Microsoft Office products; knowledge of and/or ability to learn and master new software such as the linked Artifax facility scheduling and Tessitura ticketing systems. Excellent attention to detail and organizational and prioritization skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines. Excellent customer service skills.

The Director of Production must be willing to work evenings and weekends to handle special events and building emergencies. A formal background check is required.

To Apply


Applicatons can be submitted through the Penn HR website. No phone calls please.


Artistic Project Manager


Reporting to the Director of Production, the Artistic Project Manager is responsible for the management of the Annenberg Center Live events and some facility needs; ensuring the timely advancing of production needs for upcoming performances; the creation and distribution of technical documentation; and the management of the Artifax event database.

Additionally, working closely with the Director of Production, the Artistic Project Manager will serve as the primary event coordinator for all Annenberg Center Live events including reviewing & editing contract riders; establishing advance communications with visiting companies and artists; and establishing schedules & production requirements, entering all data into Artifax (event software) so that all parties involved are fully aware of the event’s requirements and parameters.



Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, production management or a similar field of study; must demonstrate 3-5 years of successful experience managing university or professional performing arts facilities or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have proven knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment and design techniques, including familiarity of and adherence to USITT and industry standards for theatrical lighting and stagecraft.

Fluency with both Vectorworks and Lightwright software is highly preferred. Priority will be given to those candidates with a current background in production management or technical direction, and who possess strong personnel, time and budget management skills. Comfort with Artifax, EMS, R25 or similar event management database systems, as well as Windows and Microsoft Office products is necessary.

Direct experience with managing union professionals is highly preferred. Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays is required. Ability to lift, climb ladders and scaffolds is also required. This is a ten month limited service position with two months off in the summer.

To Apply


Applicatons can be submitted through the Penn HR website. No phone calls please.


Children's Festival Volunteers

Once a year, the Annenberg Center embarks on an extravaganza geared toward children and families in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Children's Festival reaches thousands of children and includes performances of dance, music and theatre as well as an outdoor FUN ZONE chock-full of free live performances and crafts of all sorts and sizes.

To make the Children's Festival a success, we need your help! Volunteers help out with FUN ZONE set-up/tear down and on the many crafts and art tables going on throughout the day. The Children's Festival takes place over several days in late spring.

To Apply

For more information, please email Beth Jamieson at eaja@ac.upenn.edu.