Director of Design and Production, Brown Arts Institute
Internal Number: REQ173527
The Director of Design and Production (DDP) reports to the Artistic Director and is responsible for ensuring that the overall design and execution of productions taking place in any existing or future BAI venues meets exemplary professional standards. The DDP must maintain the highest level knowledge of all BAI venue specifics, including all technical and safety requirements, and is responsible for working closely with all programmed artists, as well as internal and external designers, to ensure that projects - including BAI commissions and transfers from other venues -Â are appropriately designed for BAI venues. The DDP creates technical budgets, calendars, and staffing plans in collaboration with the Artistic Director and Producing Director, and is also responsible for identifying, recruiting, and managing all technical staff assigned to the BAI and BAI venues. Â An active participant in the engineering, planning and execution of designs for all productions, the DDP, when necessary, submits designs to shops or rental houses to solicit bids and manages fabrication or rentals to meet set, costume, lighting, sound, and projection needs. The DDP ensures that standards of safety are observed by serving as the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) representative for the BAI. The DDP may play a direct role in instructing students by offering design and production classes at the discretion of the BAI Leadership, and provide mentorship for those engaged in the production-oriented aspects of BAI offerings.
Required:Â BA or equivalent combination of education and experience.
5-7 years in theatrical production, design, or related experience or combination of education and experience including 4+ years in:
Budgeting and financial management
Proven success in managing/designing multiple, simultaneous, large-scale artistic productions in a range of disciplines.
Knowledge of and experience in a broad range of artistic practice including performing, experimental, and visual arts.
Ability to think strategically, with an eye to long-term planning, coupled with an ability to be flexible as the needs of the BAI continue to evolve.
Proven success in budgeting and financial management.
Demonstrated ability managing a diverse staff with a broad range of skills sets.
Ability to interact with broad range of individuals (faculty, administrators, artists & management, vendors, students).
Ability to deliver programs that meet the mission and standards of the BAI, which can often be in conflict with the competing needs and demands from different constituencies.
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Teaching experience preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
Some evening and weekend work and travel should be expected.Â
Required Materials: Cover letter, CV (including teaching interests and experience).
Additional (optional):Â Detailed draft syllabi and/or course descriptions for proposed course offerings as well as evidence of teaching or mentoring experience (such as past course evaluations).Â
Brown University is undergoing a tremendous growth in the arts, with a newly appointed Faculty Director, a new Artistic Director, and a state of the art, one of a kind Performing Arts Center scheduled to open in Fall 2023. An experienced, creative, and collaborative Director of Design and Production will play a pivotal role in the future success of the Brown Arts Institute. The DDP must enjoy collegial, collaborative relationships with the BAI Leadership Team, as well as its subordinate division leads.Â Open lines of communication are of the utmost importance, as the BAI programs are vast, complex, and often politically sensitive. This position requires a great deal of diplomacy, prioritization, compartmentalization, and multi-tasking, while taking care to maintain open and collaborative relationships with constituents throughout the University.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
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Director of Design and Production, Brown Arts Institute
Office of the Provost
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