Production Manager

JOB NOTICE

Position Title: Production Manager
Location: National Landing, Arlington, VA (50% remote allowable)
Type: Full-time, employee, exempt
Reports to: Artistic Director
Supervises: Production Staff (e.g. Designers, Technical Director, Electricians, Audio Engineer, Crew)

Summary:

Synetic Theater has emerged from the pandemic with a multidisciplinary focus on theater, film, education, and training. We are thrilled to be returning to in-person programming in our theater, but we have also expanded our offerings to include films produced by our production company, Synetic Motion Pictures, a white-label video on demand platform called Synetic Streaming, plus a host of legacy and novel educational & outreach programs.

The Production Manager manages Synetic Theater’s Mainstage, Family Theater, Teen Company, and Touring production processes; supports the physical production needs of Education, Outreach, Training, Synetic Motion Pictures, Marketing, Development, and Rentals; and manages Synetic Theater’s physical assets, including equipment, storage, and facilities. The position focuses on production procurement and execution, and supports budgeting, expense management, and personnel management (for below-the-line contractors) to ensure that Synetic’s productions continue to dazzle audiences and develop artists in a safe, collaborative environment and with sustainable business practices.

 

Key Responsibilities:

Production Management (40%)

  • Design and direct production work progress, and then leverage the organization’s capabilities and resources to ensure the production achieves the highest artistic integrity in balance with financial prudence
  • Advise on production budgeting and the budgeting process
  • Ensure that all rehearsal and tech processes are thoughtfully planned and superbly executed.
  • Be a central hub of communication for all departments related to productions and serve as a point of contact for all below-the-line artists with regards to production matters.

Personnel Management (20%)

  • Ensure all production activities across departments and rentals are staffed to thrive by overseeing below-the-line production contractors (including designers, technicians, and crew) through recruitment, negotiations, onboarding, teaming, coaching, and offboarding.

Procurement Management (20%)

  • Oversee and execute the purchasing, renting, and tracking materials for productions and rentals.

Fixed Assets Oversight (10%)

  • Oversee use, maintenance, and replacement of Synetic’s fixed assets.
  • Conduct initial assessment and then contract appropriate vendor to maintain/repair facilities issues in theater and studio.

Production Asset Management (10%)

  • Manage production assets from procurement and usage through strike, storage, and retirement/disposal, including managing the archiving process for past and current productions
  • Support other departments, such as Education, Outreach, Training, Synetic Motion Pictures, Marketing, Development, and Rentals when production assets are needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of work experience and/or equivalent graduate school experience in producing, production management, or general management, particularly in theater or dance.
  • Highly empathetic and enthusiastic team-player.
  • Ability to take initiative, self-accountable, positive attitude, growth mindset, and motivated by feedback.
  • Capable of problem-solving independently, while leveraging appropriate channels and willing to ask for help when needed.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize between multiple projects, flexible, dependable, detail-oriented, and resilient in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, facilitation, and spreadsheet skills.
  • Passion for Synetic Theater’s mission and performance style.

Terms & Compensation:

High-40s/Low-50s with comprehensive benefits package (including 401K, PTO, and healthcare as described in our employee handbook).

Late nights, weekends, and extended hours when in production will be required (to be balanced by non-accruable compensatory time when the production schedule allows). Synetic work needs to have priority over other outside work commitments.

Synetic Theater is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Synetic​ ​Theater ​discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

How to Apply:

Submit your application materials via this form.

Applications accepted until role is filled. Interviews begin January 3, 2022.

Synetic Theater is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Synetic​ ​Theater ​discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Future Vision/Strategy:

On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, Synetic’s board, staff, and company reflected on 20 years of incremental success, and set forth our vision for our 50th anniversary: that audiences, presenters, educators, students, and funders around the world will regard Synetic Theater as the world’s premiere physical theater company: an enduring, leading source of cultural diplomacy, community uplift, entertainment, and enrichment. In order to achieve that vision in 30 years, we must accomplish the following in the next 5. With our Vision 2025 “Secure our Future” Strategic Plan, we commit to:

1) strengthening principal core company of actors
2) achieving broad DMV market penetration
3) building a national and international reputation
4) deepening and diversifying the talent pipeline
5) engineering sustainable funding, staffing, physical infrastructure, and asset management
6) developing an active Synetic Motion Pictures platform
7) preparing for our founders’ eventual succession

Synetic’s external relations team will play a critical role in achieving these strategic goals, especially in refining Synetic’s brand and brand assets and partnering with the program managers to achieve broader DMV market penetration (especially with our outreach programs).

 

Mission and History

Synetic Theater’s mission is to redefine theater by blending innovative techniques and movement, investing in artists’ growth, and creating unforgettable, visceral experiences for any audience. Synetic is unique in the United States for our signature kinetic stagings of classic literary works, folktales, and devised works leveraging our original “Body of Mind” technique that combines distinct movement styles that emphasize character-based storytelling. The high-voltage athleticism and stunning visuals of Synetic Theater’s productions make it the Greater Washington region’s premier physical theater company and significantly contributes to the community vitality of the region, especially South Arlington where we call home.

We bring our specialized skills in adaptation and ensemble work to our camps and classes, where students work on movement, mime, clowning, acrobatics, and bold acting that culminates in group performance. This physical theater approach offers a uniquely active form of expression for our students. At Synetic, we believe art has the ability to cross all cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers, and we are dedicated to redefining the theater experience by synthesizing a variety of techniques to help our students tell powerful, affirming stories. Additionally, Synetic has an increasingly prolific outreach program. Through partnerships with public libraries, school districts and other community-based organizations, we bring engaging, accessible live performance and educational experiences to thousands of youth in underserved communities annually. Students often first encounter our work and approach through assemblies and workshops in their schools, and then choose to enroll in one of our in-studio camps or classes. The most engaged students then jump over into our training programs with our Pre-Teen and Teen Companies, a pre-professional program dedicated to developing the next generation of athletic performers. Many of these students then go on to join our professional company.

Synetic Theater was founded in 2001 by Georgian immigrants Irina and Paata Tsikurishvili, who fled the former Soviet country during the liberation movement to escape political and artistic repression. In Georgia, they had trained extensively in physical theater, gymnastics, dance and film, and brought the Eastern European tradition of movement- and visuals-driven theater to the U.S. As we conclude our 20th anniversary season, we reflect on our growth from street performances to our current legacy of awards and acclaim, adapting two or three major classic stories annually.

Artistically, Synetic has consistently produced highly acclaimed productions, having received 35 Helen Hayes Awards and 143 nominations to date. Synetic has been featured in The Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington, most recently in the 2019-20 edition, and we regularly receive critical acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and DC Metro Theatre Arts.

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Innovations

In March 2020, we launched Synetic Streaming, through which we released five filmed productions from our archives via a pay-what-you-can ticketing model (we transferred a portion of the proceeds to the key artists involved in each production as a royalty for streaming their work.) The success of this initial streaming offering led to the creation and development of the full-fledged Synetic Streaming platform, made possible by the Arts Forward Fund, in winter 2021 using a subscription and rental model. The platform now features 11 filmed live shows from our archives, 2 Synetic Motion Pictures-produced shorts, 8 licensed shorts, 8 commissioned shorts from our 2021 Body of Mind Film Lab, 4 episodes from our Live @ Synetic Studios talk-show series, and one documentary (35 total offerings).

To ensure the continued livelihood of our affiliated freelance arts workers, we designed Artist Relief Projects, which provided crucial professional development opportunities and $60,000 in relief grants to 32 affiliated freelance arts workers.

Synetic Education led the field in pandemic-driven innovations to remain accessible to students, teachers, and parents:

To provide curricular relief to educators and parents, we designed a Virtual Matinee program, combining age-appropriate educational packets aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning with the viewing of streamed Synetic productions. Packets included interviews, worksheets, and activities. We partnered with Alexandria City Public Schools, reaching 15,000 students.

To provide asynchronous, non-digital enrichment opportunities, we developed the smARTies “Art in a Box” Program through which we distributed 10,000 art kits to families across four DMV school districts, with an emphasis on Title I schools. Built around Virginia Standards of Learning, smARTies boxes contain all materials needed to create a paper-puppet theatre with four characters based on Synetic Theater’s production of The Adventures of Peter Pan.