St. Ann’s Warehouse fills a vital niche on New York City’s cultural landscape as an artistic home for the American avant-garde, international companies of distinction, and highly talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. Over 36 years, St. Ann’s has evolved into a world-class presenter where artists come to make work in an open, flexible space that can be reconfigured to meet their needs. By virtue of the many partnerships and huge talent St. Ann’s has nurtured, outstanding artists and productions have been introduced on American soil, where they have had major impact on the field here and abroad. In October 2015, we opened our permanent home in a former Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The new St. Ann’s Warehouse is a 25,000 square foot site within an historic brick shell, housing two flexible performance spaces: The 10,000 sq ft Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Theater and a 1,000 sq ft Studio for smaller scale productions, rehearsals and community gatherings. The complex also holds an open-air public garden (The Max Family Garden), administrative offices, and a welcoming lobby.
For nearly 40 years, St. Ann’s Warehouse has filled a vital niche in the cultural landscape of NYC, presenting innovative theater and multi-artist concerts that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll. Since 2000, the organization has become one of the city’s most important and compelling live performance destinations, activating warehouse spaces and the Brooklyn Waterfront in DUMBO. The organization recently completed a two-year capital project, transforming a former Tobacco Warehouse into a state-of-the-art, permanent home in Brooklyn Bridge Park for global artists of distinction, American avant-garde masters and emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. This fully equipped, open, flexible theater is overseen by the Director of Production in service to a dynamic international, regional, and local producing and presenting mission.
The Director of Production and Operations is a creative, experienced, and resourceful full time professional responsible for the daily and long-term operations, leadership, administration of the St. Ann’s Warehouse theater and the artistic and technical implementation of all its programs, events and activities. They lead by curiosity and excitement for the unknown and new, forging a path to “yes.” The Director of Production and Operations is a senior staff person who works closely as a team with the Artistic Director and General Manager on all aspects of production in presenting world-class programming both within St. Ann’s versatile theater and outdoors in Brooklyn Bridge Park, from season planning, budgeting and management, to scheduling, technical planning and negotiating with visiting artists and companies. They partner closely with the President/Artistic Director to explore and execute new ideas for the facility, and together, they, with the General Manager and production team, determine how to present each show at the highest artistic level possible. In operations, they facilitate capital projects including assisting the Director of External Affairs with capital grant proposals and liaising with an external Government Affairs consultant. Additionally, they take a leadership role in managing select high-level facilities and IT-related projects as needed. They are responsible for developing and managing relationships with directors, designers, and production managers as well as outside equipment vendors and service providers, and are expected to engage with St. Ann’s Warehouse staff, audience, and artists while actively working to further develop and nurture the office culture at St. Ann’s. They must have good people and communication skills, and a healthy love of theater and artists. They are also responsible for supervising the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of all the technical aspects of the facility and its equipment. They partner with Marketing, Development, and Finance on all intersections of those departments with Production and Operations. The Director of Production and Operations supervises production staff, front of house and facilities and reports to the President/Artistic Director.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:
• Ensure that all productions and events at St. Ann’s Warehouse are held to the highest possible production and artistic standards;
• Work with Artistic Director and General Manager to evaluate projects for presentation at St. Ann’s Warehouse or at outdoor or site-specific venues;
• Prepare production budgets for all incoming productions and events;
• Lead the team of Associate Production Manager, Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor, and Sound / Video Supervisor to:
o Negotiate and advance all technical riders;
o Prepare and oversee load-in and technical schedules for all productions;
o Supervise hiring and contracting of freelance technicians, designers, and run crew as needed;
o Maintain and develop policies and procedures for staffing and supporting Rental Programs;
• Serve as the primary authority throughout load-in and technical rehearsals, ensuring that artistic vision, schedule, budget, and safety are being adhered to;
• Communicate clearly and promptly with designers and directors as to the feasibility of their ideas; shepherd solutions to unfeasible concepts;
• Work with incoming designers and companies to ensure that all applicable fire and assembly codes are followed, including leading the application process and creative navigation of the Temporary Assembly Permit process, in conjunction with technical director and architect;
• Formulate, disseminate and regularly review safety procedures to ensure the highest possible level of workplace safety;
• Supervise Facilities Manager to ensure that St. Ann’s Warehouse is kept to the highest standards of cleanliness, repair, and operational efficiency;
• Supervise House Manager and work with them to ensure audience safety and comfort as well as artist needs, and advise them as needed in leading the overhire pool of ushers; • Establish and maintain relationships with rental vendors, scene shops, etc.;
• Support Development department in the production of annual Gala and other events;
• Cultivate and maintain an excellent working relationship with Brooklyn Bridge Park, the City, State, FDNY, NYPD, St. Ann’s Government Affairs Consultant, and other agencies and consultants regarding the technical, permitting, and operational issues related to indoor and outdoor programming and building usage, including temporary assembly permits, open flame permits, and more;
• Collaborate with the Artistic Director, Director of External Affairs, Government Affairs Consultant, and Director of Finance on city cultural grants and discretionary funds for capital and equipment acquisition projects;
• Work closely with the Development department and the SAW staff to produce the annual gala as well as opening night events;
• Create and manage the timeline for major building projects, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, Facilities Manager, and external consultants, and then supervise these projects through completion.
Applicants should have:
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Director of Production or Production Manager;
experience working with international companies or in international touring;
• A broad working knowledge of all aspects of technical design and production; experience in
capital construction projects a plus;
• Proven experience of budget management;
• The ability to track and complete multiple projects in a timely fashion;
• Strong communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills;
• Strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills;
• A strong interest in new uses of the space, new design challenges, and in figuring out how to
do what hasn’t been done before;
• A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and especially Microsoft Excel, a working
knowledge of CAD or Vectorworks programs;
• An interest in taking on new challenges and growing within an expanding organization;
• A great sense of humor and a strong desire to make the best work possible and to support the
creatives and technicians making that work happen.
Salary DOE + benefits. St. Ann’s Warehouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
St. Ann’s Warehouse fills a vital niche on New York City’s cultural landscape as an artistic home for the American avant-garde, international companies of distinction, and highly talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. Founded in 1980, St. Ann’s has evolved into a world-class artistic home where artists come to make work in an open, flexible space that can be reconfigured specifically to meet their needs. St Ann’s, having completed a new theater in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, has a spectacular line-up of acclaimed international productions – and is looking for Front-of-House staff!
The Front-of-House staff ensures that all of our guests receive the highest level of customer service at all performances and events at St. Ann’s Warehouse. We are seeking a friendly and outgoing personality to assist St. Ann’s with its day to day operations during performances.
This position requires availability on nights and weekends, as well as some holidays as needed.
First-Aid and Fireguard (F-03)certification highly preferred. Knowledge of SquareUp a plus.
Start date: Immediately.
Please no phone calls.
St. Ann’s Warehouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.