For too long we have heard "there just aren't any out there."
or, "we tried, but it just didn't work."

Production on Deck (PoD) began as a resource to consolidate the many tools used across the country to identify talent from marginalized communities and has grown into a full-fledged talent and consulting firm. Helmed by David ‘dstew’ Stewart, with partner Sarah Lozoff, and collaborators Bear Bellinger and Kate Coltun, Production on Deck seeks to expand the traditional idea of the talent pipeline and increase pathways for marginalized communities to access jobs in theatrical production. With a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging, Production on Deck broadens the definition of “the best person for the job” to one that welcomes the whole of an individual into a room. Production on Deck has previously consulted for The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, among others.


Current Offering:

  • Amplification Service

    • This service enhances an organization’s ongoing search with a focus on reaching BIPOC candidates (although we welcome ALL to apply)

    • These services include up to six weeks of:

      • Consultation(s) with PoD partners

      • Review and revision (if necessary) of job description and/or previous postings (if this work is to occur prior to contract, a small fee will be charged and then credited if contract is signed)

      • Exploration of personal networks and databases to make individual connections

      • Utilization of personal and PoD affiliated social media groups and pages 

      • Dedicated splash page on PoD website

      • Applications received via PoD website

      • Questions from applicants and potential candidates answered by PoD

Please note, in order for Production on Deck to amplify any searches the following stipulations must be agreed to:

  • PoD must review all job descriptions prior to agreeing to take on a search.

  • Salary ranges must be a transparent part of the job description and all salaries must be above the MIT living wage indicator in your county.

  • NO educational requirements (inclusive of H.S. diplomas)

  • Organization must have an Anti-Racism policy and demonstrated practice

Additionally, Production on Deck has data to indicate that our industry’s production talent pool has become significantly more shallow in the last 19 months. Thus, PoD amplification and networking services cannot ethically make any guarantees regarding applicants or candidates.