Asian American Arts Alliance


Category: Administrative/Technical



Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers.  Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work.  By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. 


Ars Nova presents over 100 unique live events each year, supporting over 500 emerging theater, comedy, and music artists. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. As NYC’s premiere development hub, we create an environment where the weird kids thrive and where no idea is too crazy to be possible. These collaborations result in pirate-puppet-rock-odysseys, electro-pop-operas, farces-in-burlesque, nights of mind-bending magic, plays performed mostly in silence, immersive Korean-pop music factory experiences, and everything and anything in between.


Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include “Best New American Theatre Work” Obie Award-winner & New York Times’ “Best of 2016” Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special, directed by Taibi Magar (now on international tour); “Outstanding Musical” Lortel and Off Broadway Alliance Award-winner FUTURITY, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015,” Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin (now touring the US after a return engagement Off Broadway); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society, directed by Oliver Butler; and the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin.




The Associate Production Manager reports directly to the Production Manager and supervises a part-time Technical Director, Crew Heads, and Production Intern. They provide key administrative support to ensure the Production Department runs smoothly, serve as the Production Manager for all developmental programming including Showgasms, One Night Stands, ANT Fest and Makers Lab performances and as the Associate Production Manager on all Off Broadway Premieres.


In support of the Production Department, you will:

  • Maintain the production department budget, including processing weekly payroll, overseeing purchasing, and maintaining tax-exempt business accounts;
  • Update space calendars to reflect all programmatic activities and venue changeovers;
  • Cultivate relationships with technicians and designers, and maintain those lists;
  • Work closely with the Assistant General Manager to maintain Ars Nova’s building and ensure rooms are properly prepared for various daily programming activities;
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to Production Interns and high-school mentees;
  • Assist fellow staff members as necessary and appropriate, including décor for our rockin’ Opening Night Parties; and
  • Serve as the production contact for renters of Theater 511 at Ars Nova, including consulting on use of space, clearly communicating equipment available, training renters on venue start-up and shut-down procedures, and ensuring the theater is well-cared-for and undamaged by renters.


As Production Manager of Developmental Programming, you will:

  • Hire technicians, designers and stage managers, communicating job duties/expectations, budgets, schedules, etc. and generally serving as liaison between our producing team, the artists, and the technicians to creatively bring ambitious & often complex designs to fruition;
  • Schedule design and production meetings, preparing meeting agendas;
  • Manage production budgets, tracking and approving expenses for production lines;
  • Maintain tech riders with information about schedules, our rep inventory, and staging configurations, and clearly communicate those expectations and options to the artists and technicians;
  • Welcome artists into our space, greeting them & answering questions as they arise; and
  • Troubleshoot interdepartmental issues.


As Associate Production Manager of Off-Broadway Premieres, you will:

  • Schedule design and production meetings, taking notes and ensuring follow-ups occur;
  • Hire run crews, and crew heads as needed;
  • Conduct specialty project research for unique production elements (we’ve been known to say yes to onstage Jacuzzis, a dress that becomes a tent, and a two-story percussive-steam-brain... to name a few);
  • Coordinate acquisition of all production materials;
  • Support Stage Management by acquiring rehearsal materials, taping, AV assistance, etc;
  • Maintain archives of production documents; and
  • Provide general support to the Production Manager, as needed.



The ideal candidate has training and experience in a production department at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue; possesses a strong facility to multi-task; is highly detail-oriented and able to retain new information quickly; enjoys meeting new theater-makers and takes a “get to yes” approach; has excellent communication skills (knowledge of the Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite essential, proficiency in Vectorworks & QLab a plus); has the ability to drive projects forward with little supervision while also collaborating on final outcomes; is a creative problem solver and has a team mentality, ready to jump in and help others whenever its needed; and will thrive in a go-big-or-go-home environment.




  • Ars Nova values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. Applications from persons of color are strongly encouraged. Ars Nova is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Our Associate Production Manager will join our team in early to mid January 2018.
  • This is a Full-Time Exempt position with a competitive annual salary of no less than $47,000 plus unlimited vacation policy and optional benefits, including 403B, FSA, and TransitCheck.
  • Please e-mail cover letter, resume, three references and contact information to Jes Levine, Production Manager: No phone calls please.

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