Theatre Aspen

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Director of Production

Director of Production

Theatre Aspen is a professional theatre in Colorado that currently presents 3 mainstage productions each summer season, featuring a professional apprentice program, and a robust year-round education program for students ages 5-18. We are rapidly expanding our programming imprint, and expanding our operations to support year-round programming.

The Director of Production is a full time, year-round Aspen-based position responsible for providing the essential leadership required to maintain an efficient theatrical producing company and educational programming. The Director of Production works closely with the Producing Director, General Manager, Director of Education, and Business Manager, and has specific responsibilities in regard to production management and oversight, finances, scheduling, design process and analysis, facility management, safety, and supporting Theatre Aspen’s various departments and projects.

The Director of Production will lead and supervise all technical aspects of Theatre Aspen’s producing season including hiring and supervising of technical production staff; consulting with management, production directors and designers to ensure top quality, cost efficient productions. The Director of Production will also serve as the production manager for off-season educational productions and special events. Candidates with specialty skills sets (such as lighting or sound design, carpentry, etc.) may also be engaged to provide services for these non-mainstage productions.



  • Supervises all department heads and departments, including carpenters, electrics, wardrobe, props, scenic charges, sound engineers, stagehands, technical apprentices and other production staff.
  • Works closely with stage management, designers, directors and administrative staff.
  • Lead senior production personnel (potentially technical director, production manager, head carpenter, site manager).



  • Overseeing all areas of production and serve as the Technical Safety Officer for load-in, build, strike, tech rehearsals, performances, changeovers, and rental events at the Hurst Theatre.
  • Oversee scheduling and planning of all activities in the Hurst Theatre, including season and weekly production schedules, theatre maintenance, rental events, and rehearsals, maintaining overall balance of work flow and labor requirements.
  • Oversee maintenance of the Hurst Theatre and the physical elements of seasonal repertory productions including maintenance of scenic elements, repairs to sets, rigging maintenance, and touch-up of scenic charge/paint.
  • Speculate, source and implement capital projects and improvements. Research cost analysis for rentals and purchases.
  • Lead the changeover and storage of all rotating repertory and house elements in conjunction with audio, costume, scenic, prop and lighting departments.
  • Negotiate and act as mediator in artistic, technical and labor discussions, including problem solving and cost analysis.
  • Oversee facilities management making sure potable/drinking water, bathroom supplies, cleaning supplies, first aid, etc. are stocked throughout the theatre.
  • Create project-based and seasonal budgets encompassing labor and physical elements.
  • In collaboration with the Producing Director and senior staff, create framework for future planning and strategic development of theatre operations and the organization as a whole.
  • Maintain and cultivate inventory of stock and equipment.
  • Source, interview and hire production staff; in collaboration with Producing Director cultivate of a stable of artistic collaborators and production partnerships.



This position requires excellent organizational, communication and personal skills. A Bachelor’s degree in theatre, or equivalent experience as a technical director, production manager or member of a technical production team is required, with sequentially increasing levels of responsibility and supervisory roles. This experience includes but is not limited to:

  • Experience creating, consulting on, monitoring and adhering to budgets. The ability to analyze production desires and assess requirements in regard to staffing, budgeting and design.
  • Experience creating and overseeing technical production, fabrication, installation and strike calendars and schedules.
  • Strong organizational, leadership and staffing skills, with the ability to work productively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • A broad but proficient understanding of all aspects of technical theatre, possessing excellent computer skills and detailed knowledge of spreadsheets, including:

◦  Excellent knowledge of industry-specific software such as CAD programs, light plotting software, show control or other common programs, and excellent experience reading ground plans, light plots and other theatrical specifications.

◦  Working knowledge of scenery; structural design and engineering; construction processes; and styles, elements and practices (i.e. wood, metal, plastic, construction, painting, purchasing and scheduling).

◦  Knowledge of mechanical physics, fundamental electricity, modern construction practices and materials, model building, and stage crafts including rigging, and stage carpentry.

  • Possessing excellent communication skills, the ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, exercise good judgment and discretion, and maintain a positive attitude in stressful environments are all essential attributes. The ideal candidate would excel in creating an environment in which all parties feel respected and heard.
  • A valid driver’s license in good standing (a copy of the applicant’s driving record may be requested). Vehicle ownership and willingness to use vehicle for work purposes (proof of insurance may be requested).
  • A “can do” attitude and the ability to be on-call during the run of productions for any potential technical problems, as well as the ability to work 60-80 hours/week throughout the summer repertory season, as needed.
  • The ability to lift 75lb, climb ladders, and perform manual labor on a regular basis, and perform additional and repetitive physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking
  • The ability to provide proof of, or acquire, requisite certifications and/or licenses (i.e. rigging, general contractor, pyrotechnics, first aid, CPR) if necessary.
  • The Director of Production must be willing and able to acknowledge and abide by Theatre Aspen’s Reimbursement, Drug Free Workplace, Housing and Employment policies.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to Daniel Benavent, General Manager, at with a subject line labeled as "Director of Production - Theatre Aspen."

Theatre Aspen is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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