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Cleveland Play House
Director of Production

Director of Production

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director (to be announced in early December '23)

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: When Filled

SALARY RANGE: $75,000-95,000



  • Choice of two health insurance plans (see benefits guide below). CPH currently pays up to 83% of medical insurance premium. Ability to add spouse or children at own cost.

  • Group disability insurance coverage providing a benefit, after ninety (90) days of disability, equal to sixty percent (60%) of employee’s salary.

  • Life insurance matching employee salary up to $100,000

  • Two (2) weeks of paid vacation

  • In addition to paid vacation, 7 company holidays, 9 paid-time-off (PTO) days, 2 discretionary holidays

  • Option of contributing to CPH’s 401(k) plan

  • Comps to all CPH productions. Discounted tickets to Playhouse Square touring shows as available.

  • For complete health benefits package please see this guide

Position Summary

The Director of Production is responsible for all production areas including: staff, design elements, schedules, budgets and communication. The annual season is comprised of 5-7 main productions and 2 MFA productions across three theaters in the Playhouse Square block.


Direct Reports to this position 

Production Associate, Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor, Costume Shop Manager, Audio and Projections Supervisor, Stage Managers, Production Technician, and Production Office Manger

Essential Duties

  • ​Accountable for production elements of main stage productions, MFA productions, New Ground Theatre Festival, the annual CPH benefit, and Education productions as assigned

    • Supervise Production Staff noted above

    • Create Production Calendar and Design deadlines

    • Supervise show operation functions, ensuring all production departments are on time and within budget

    • Provide general oversight of load-ins/outs, technical rehearsals, and performances

    • Oversee and maintain COVID-19 Health and safety protocols in collaboration with Artistic Producer

  • Responsible for the development of and management of production budgets within the larger season artistic budget

    • This will include estimating labor for both seasonal, overtime and over hire staff, materials budgets, and other general operating costs

  • In consultation with People & Culture (HR), accountable for the hiring process for all Full time/year round and Full Time/seasonal production staff and stage management teams. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Completing and Filing Job Requisition forms, review and refine each job description; work with HR to ensure it is being posted at any/all applicable locations

    • Assembling a hiring team, developing a rubric and consistent interview questions

    • Scheduling all candidate interviews; checking references; making conditional offers

    • Scheduling an annual review of interview/hiring practices with P&C and production department heads to elicit feedback, refine processes, and continue moving EDIA initiatives forward

  • Accountable for communication between directors, designers, and other show-related staff. This includes:

    • Consulting with Artistic Director on a list of recommended Designers for each production

    • During pre-production, scheduling the following meetings in coordination with Artistic Producer:

      • Design Conference; Preliminary Design Review; Budget Review; Final Design Review

    • Scheduling and running all show-specific production meetings, beginning the week of stage management prep

    • Presenting designs, revised designs and production plans for the designs to Artistic Director for approval

    • Being proactive in pursuing conversations between director/designer on behalf of production departments on topics connected to the design, budget and production schedule

  • Participate in Leadership team meetings

  • Set Annual EDIA goals for Production in consultation with People & Culture

  • Oversee maintenance and project management work connected to the Shoreway Production Center and the Allen, Outcalt and Helen Theatres and backstage spaces

  • Facilitate Safety Committee

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize plans, and execute projects in a timely fiscally responsible manner

  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate with a diverse group of constituents and staff

  • Ability to promote a culture in Production that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of highly qualified professionals

  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-million dollar annual production budgets

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills

  • Working knowledge of AEA, USA, and IATSE unions

  • Demonstrated Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access Principles

  • At least 5 years LORT or comparable Production Management experience and/or Stage Management experience

About Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House, founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates the beginning of its second century of service while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.


To inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences across Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards.



To be a premier American regional theatre that is welcoming, diverse, distinctive, bold, thrilling and essential to our community.

Core Values



As the flagship theatre of Northeast Ohio, our primary purpose is to create consistently high-quality, entertaining productions worthy of a premier American regional theatre. We are driven by excellence and lead the region with a diverse repertoire. Collaboration is our methodology, as we seize opportunities to work with top-flight artists and organizations, both nationally and within Northeast Ohio.



CPH acts as an indispensable resource for our Northeast Ohio community. We believe that a non-profit theatre should seek to reflect and connect with the community that it serves, both through its programming and its people. We are outward-looking, continually seeking to create and deepen relationships with current and future audiences, collaborate with local organizations, and partner with educational institutions. Our institutional strength is rooted in embracing diversity in our programming, staffing, governance, and among those we serve. CPH is committed to an expansive definition of diversity that encompasses ability, race, gender, faith, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and varying points of view. Our purpose is to produce plays and education programs that are meaningful in the context of our community, and to do so in a manner that is welcoming to all who choose to participate.


Lifelong Learning

We value theatre as essential throughout one's life for developing empathy, broadening understanding, and heightening awareness of the communal nature of our existence. Our educational programming is a critical component in creating meaningful artistic connections among children, youth, and adults. CPH recognizes that rich relationships among artists, staff members, board members, and the community are the very essence of a premier American regional theatre. As such, CPH strives to connect the community with its work, and its work with the community, through programs that foster civic dialogue, fuel intellectual curiosity, and welcome new audiences to the theatre.


Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps


CPH is on a journey to becoming an anti-racist theatre that actively promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. All members of the CPH staff will be working together on that journey and will be committed to the process. As a staff member at CPH, that will include periodic staff training sessions, department meetings, show-specific trainings, periodic committee participation and opportunities for participation in affinity groups within the organization.

CPH Statement April 2, 2021

For more than a century, Cleveland Play House (CPH) has proudly served our community and addressed important social issues through our artistic and educational programming. However, the events of the past year — most notably the social justice movement brought to the forefront by Black Lives Matter — have prompted our staff and board to take a closer look at our systems, policies, and procedures as they pertain to anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Upon deep self reflection, we see that there is more work to be done in order to fully bring our practices in line with our principles and become the anti-racist organization, in both word and action, we strive to be.


We are grateful to the We See You White American Theater collective for bringing public awareness to inequities and racism throughout the theatre industry. We are also particularly thankful to the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) members of our CPH staff who have thoughtfully and personally detailed concerns about ways in which unconscious bias has prevented CPH from fully including all members of our community. Our BIPOC staff has suggested ways to combat systemic racism and more fully integrate EDI and anti-racism. With this new awareness, all of us at CPH know that changes must be made. We embrace this opportunity and are committed to taking immediate and ongoing action to improve.


We have made steady progress since issuing our Solidarity and Acknowledgement statements in May/June. Both staff and board have devoted countless hours to studying our internal practices and procedures, providing anti-racism training, and developing action plans to better reflect and serve our CPH family and the community. The results of this ongoing work will inform and guide all of our decisions moving forward.


While the following action items are not an exhaustive list of all the anti-racist practices and policies we are examining, we want to share current action steps. We know there is more work to be done.


Ongoing action items to be handled by board and/or staff, as appropriate, for the 2020/21 Season:

  • Establish a joint board/staff task force to define and promote conditions that advance equity, justice, and belonging company-wide

  • Establish a human resources department

  • Create an organizational standard for grievance reporting

  • Commit to a workplace culture that both attracts and retains highly qualified BIPOC candidates at all levels

  • Hire BIPOC staff and artists with decision-making influence and include them in full season planning

  • Increase apprentice stipend to a living wage

  • Encourage our educational partners to understand and participate in our anti-racist core values and embrace our trauma-informed care and restorative-practices approach to the classroom

  • Provide anti-racist onboarding and ongoing training for all board members and staff

  • Commit to fully supporting CPH employee resource groups

  • Fairly compensate employees for English-to-Spanish translation

  • Include quality-of-life measures in all production schedules including rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and build schedules

  • Create a preferred vendor list of local, regional, and national vendors that support our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Dedicate a budget line item for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism education at the organizational level

  • Implement a standing EDI agenda item for board meetings

  • Develop and implement strategies to cultivate broad and diverse sources of funding


Thank you for holding us accountable.

-Cleveland Play House

Covid Safety Policy


We currently do not require proof of vaccination, masking or testing. CPH provides masks and tests for anyone who desires them, and urges testing whenever someone feels ill.


Cleveland Play House is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,

protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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