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New York Live Arts
Director of Production

A word from Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director and Chanel Pinnock, Production Manager

Director of Production

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Producing Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt


SALARY RANGE: $75,000 - $85,000




  • Health benefits fully covered with Oxford/United Healthcare

  • PTO is 15 vacation days, 4 personal day, 11 sick days

  • Comp time can be accrued and is encouraged to be taken in the month it is accrued

  • Flexibility with working from home

  • EDI and de-escalation training provided annually

Position Summary

The Director of Production will help steer the organization towards the achievement of its goals as well as participate in developing and furthering the overall mission of the organization. The Director of Production is responsible for stewarding all productions towards the realization of their artistic vision within the physical and financial parameters established by New York Live Arts for all programs (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Resident Commissioned Artist, Live Feed, Fresh Tracks, Live Ideas, Theatre Initiative Program and others). This position works in coordination with full-time production staff members (Production Manager, Technical Manager, Lighting Manager, and Production Stage Manager) and a pool of freelance labor and reports to Producing Director. Works closely with entire programming department including Artistic Director, Bill T. Jones and Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong.


Essential Duties

  • Coordinate all production aspects of all Live Arts presenting season, rentals activities, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and special projects

  • Create and manage the Production Department budget for all Live Arts presenting season, rentals activities, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and special projects

  • Create and maintain a working environment in the theater that is efficient, productive, creative, and fun for all staff, artists, designers, and technicians

  • Enforce safe work practices ensuring a safe working environment for all

  • Manage the maintenance of the theater and production equipment

  • Advise and follow up on theatrical equipment systems maintenance, upgrades, and capital improvements, in collaboration with Technical Manager and Lighting Manager

  • Ensure tech specs, drawings and other publicly distributed technical information is up to date

  • Help Producing Director in the advance of our core programs: Fresh Tracks, Live Feed, Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA), Live Artery, Live Ideas Festival, Open Spectrum, and Season Opener

  • Assist Producing Director in the creation of contracts by putting together estimates and redlining riders

Skills and Qualifications

  • Broad working knowledge of all aspects of technical design and production

  • Three plus years of experience premiering work for a wide range of dance/theater productions

  • Skilled in time management skills, communication, negotiation, and creative problem-solving

  • Strong leadership skills and empathy

  • Proven supervisory, interpersonal and collaboration skills

  • Positive attitude, team player with a good sense of humor

  • Self-motivated, organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to make thoughtful and timely decisions, responding to shifting priorities and challenges as they arise 

  • Proficiency in Vectorworks, Microsoft Office and Google Suite and working knowledge of Lightwright

  • Touring experience a plus

  • BA/BS/BFA in technical theater, design, or commensurate experience


About New York Live Arts

Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.


We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists.




New York Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transcends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit.


We are an institution with an unequivocal commitment to supporting the creative identities of people living together in creative community. We provide much-needed resources to artists at every stage of their career, in a world where funding for the arts is increasingly reliant on the generosity of individuals.


We enable the creation of work by Artists at every level: from emerging talent being seen for the first time, to the mid-career artists who will be our next great masters. We foster artists who participate courageously in the world of ideas and ask difficult questions.


We believe the artist plays a distinct role as a witness to truth, by participating in free speech and expression that often comes at personal risk. We believe that live art has the ability to create communities, confluences, and platforms for the exchange of ideas.


We are living in a critical moment in which the social, political, and cultural tides are changing and these challenging times call on us to convene in a central place devoted to bringing people together in exploration of our common values.


With all that is happening globally and within our borders, we believe even more in our vision to be a conduit for engagement through the arts. The repertoire we present and the conversations we host, work to address themes spanning personal and communal responsibility, racism, gender equality, and civil liberties.


We are asking those who share our values to join us as we build the community of this important space for live gathering in the heart of New York City and to continue to elevate live performance – an act that has the power to remind us what humans are capable of.



Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

New York Live Arts is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.


At New York Live Arts, each person offers a unique set of ideas, beliefs, and skills. We value these qualities, experiences, work styles and recognize the diverse cultural and artistic environments in which we work. We consider this diversity to be our most important resource—helping us connect people and the arts communities. We believe our core values and mission are strengthened when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute in a supportive space. Therefore, we embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.


As the societal definition of diversity is constantly evolving, we are dedicated to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). At New York Live Arts, diversity encompasses the differences among us based on what we experience or encounter in access to opportunities and resources. Equity ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources so that there is an equal opportunity to thrive. Inclusion means fostering respect and a team spirit in the workplace and embracing and amplifying the multi-cultural perspectives, voices, and essence of New York Live Arts.


New York Live Arts diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and racial diversity.


To further reinforce an inclusive culture and foster diversity initiatives, New York Live Arts is committed to:

Ensuring an inclusive working environment free of discrimination at all stages of the employment life cycle

Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees

Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives

Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs

Ensuring our leaders are role models for diversity and building an inclusive culture

Reviewing measurable objectives and actively monitoring progress on an annual basis


All employees of New York Live Arts have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored and participative events.


Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action. Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or an HR representative.

Covid Safety Policy


New York Live Arts recognizes the impact Covid-19 has had our industry. At the beginning of the pandemic, we put together a covid task force who meets regularly to discuss safety measures for staff, artists and audiences coming back to our venue. We have a safety plan in place that is a living document as the pandemic is now endemic and remain flexible to react to the changes that are needed to create a safe working environment. We have and continue to provide masks to staff, artists and audiences when needed. We continue to practice regular covid testing to ensure the safety of everyone and in particular our immunocompromised community. We understand the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the work environment; it has allowed us to be understand that working from home can be effective; it has allowed us to practice staying home when one is sick and not being punished; and it has kept us nimble as an organization to react to the changing times. Safety is a high priority for New York Live Arts.

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