Production Manager

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Name: Amelia Engel

Phone: 0292501700


Location: Sydney

Since 1978, Sydney Theatre Company has produced work that is – in the words of founding artistic director Richard Wherrett – “grand, vulgar, intelligent, challenging and fun.” A paradox as playful as our city. 

In the 21st century, the company is dedicated to producing Australian works of ambition and scale. We create and share stories with artists and audiences that provide opportunities for reflection, revelation and joy. And we share our work widely through regional, national and international touring, partnerships and outreach activities. 

Our four home venues ranging in size from 160 to 890 seat capacities allow us to develop and celebrate theatrical expression of all kinds. We keep classics alive and resonating with the present day, and our resident artist, commissioning and workshop programs ensure we continue to discover and develop the next wave of Australian stories and storytellers. 


Position Overview 

The Production Manager works alongside other Production Managers and with the Head of Production to manage an allocation of STC’s productions and co-productions. 


The Production Manager works with creative teams to achieve their artistic vision and production values to the highest possible standards within the parameters set by the Company.  The Production Manager has responsibility for the realisation of all the technical and design elements of a production and in consultation with the Head of Production and Head of Technical Operations ensures the most effective utilisation of people, resources and systems within the agreed budget, schedule, and parameters.   


The Production Manager ensures that accurate and timely information is provided to the Head of Production, Director, Technical & Production, Producers and Senior Management Team so that they can make appropriate and informed decisions about STC Productions. 



This is a full-time position. However, the nature of working for a theatre company and requirements of this position require a degree of flexibility and will include evening work and occasionally weekends. The position is based in Walsh Bay at the Wharf and the Roslyn Packer Theatre. 


Wages and Entitlements 

  • Salary is dependent on skills and experience 
  • 4 weeks annual leave (pro-rata) 
  • Complimentary tickets to STC productions 



In order to make your application for this position, please forward your resume and a cover letter briefly demonstrating how your experience is applicable to this position as outlined in the criteria below. Please note, applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be accepted.   


Selection Criteria 

  • Minimum of seven years relevant industry experience, preferably within a producing theatre company. 
  • Excellent leadership skills with a proven ability to lead teams and manage people. 
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written. 
  • Excellent negotiation skills with a creative approach to problem solving. 
  • Excellent project management skills with a logical and analytical approach to planning and the allocation of resources. 
  • The ability to remain calm, professional and positive under pressure. 
  • A calm, approachable manner. 
  • A self-starter with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. 
  • A natural collaborator who enjoys working as part of a team. 
  • A keen interest in the performing arts and an appreciation of theatre, especially in an Australian context. 
  • A sympathetic approach to theatre design and aesthetics.  
  • A good eye for detail and quality control to ensure that all elements of a production are produced to the highest standards. 
  • Extensive knowledge of theatre practices, terminology, etiquette and theatre craft. 
  • Good knowledge of set design and construction. 
  • Good knowledge of rigging, stage automation, lighting, sound and projection. 
  • Good knowledge of theatrical costume and props. 
  • Strong financial management skills with a proven ability to manage and control large budgets. 
  • A high level of understanding of Workplace Health and Safety legislation and procedures that relate to the theatre and entertainment industries with proven experience of implementing these requirements in a sympathetic manner. 
  • Experience of touring productions either domestically or internationally. 
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to use finance software, Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD. 


Applications close by 9am Friday 3 November 2023. 


Please forward your application to: 


* Must be Australian resident or hold current, appropriate working visa 


Sydney Theatre Company encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, mature age workers, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTI+) people. 


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