Production Manager, Hancher Auditorium

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 23001251

Hancher Auditorium is excited to bring aboard a new Production Manager. If you have experience in production and/or presentation of a variety of performances, and managing stagehand activities, this may be your next career move!

As a full-time Production Manager, you will serve manage events at Hancher Auditorium and other spaces, supervise and run shows presented on and off site. You are the primary contact for hourly staff and will also:

  • Provide leadership in envisioning the future of performance standards, methods, venues, and staff for the performing arts at Iowa.
  • Advise on schedules, budgets, and overall feasibility of production.
  • Collaborate with staff in the Performing Arts Production Unit and academic departments (Dance, Music, Theatre) on co-productions and special events for Performing Arts at Iowa
  • Direct the hiring, scheduling, evaluation, and coordination of student crews and local IATSE Stagehands or other labor groups to accomplish setup, performance, and take-down work as needed for users of the facilities as well as any presentations in alternate venues.
  • Hire, develop and manage the performance of staff: ensure staff are compliant with UI policies and procedures.

About the Department: The Hancher is a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter committed to connecting artists and audiences with transformational artistic experiences. Since 1972, Hancher has been the cultural hub of the University of Iowa campus—presenting world-class dance, music, and theater. Along the way, Hancher has extended its reach far beyond campus, engaging thousands of Iowans each year, on campus, throughout the community, and across the state. Hancher is one of the leading university presenters of the performing arts in the nation and has earned an international reputation for excellence.

Position Qualifications 


  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or stage management or equivalent combination of related education and experience is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrates considerable (typically 3-5 years) experience in technical production including a practical knowledge of theatrical systems to include: lighting, performance sound, rigging and personnel management.
  • Demonstrates considerable experience working in a multipurpose facility presenting events including Broadway, dance, theater, orchestra, and chamber music.
  • Demonstrates reasonable experience working with professional touring companies.
  • Demonstrates reasonable experience in management.

Demonstrates an Extensive proficiency level in:

  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates a history of excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.


Demonstrates an level in:

  • Experience working, scheduling, and negotiating agreement terms with professional stagehands union is highly desirable.
  • Experience working within an educational institution.

Compensation: $65,000-$72,000 anticipated starting annual salary. Salary will be discussed at time of interviews.

Reach out to Tracey Pritchard to learn more about benefits, compensation practices, and career development opportunities.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

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Application Instructions:

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must upload both of the following and mark them each as a “Relevant File” to the job submission:

  • a resume and a
  • cover letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Job ID: 84202

Posted 3 days ago

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