Production Associate

Salary $43,000-50,000

Job Description

Beth Morrison Projects, one of the industry’s leading innovators in opera-theatre and  music theatre, seeks a full-time Production Associate to join its team. The Production  Associate supports the technical execution of BMP’s world premieres and tours.  

Core Responsibilities: 

Reporting to BMP’s Director of Production, the Production Associate’s responsibilities  include: 

  • Purchasing and expense tracking: Managing ordering/purchasing of supplies  and materials for BMP shows; documenting and maintaining records of  production expenses that financial information is accurate and productions stay in  budget. 
  • Materials management: Organizing BMP’s storage facilities and maintaining an  accurate inventory of BMP’s equipment and production materials; planning and  executing cartage operations so that all necessary materials and supplies are  packed and delivered to performance venues. 
  • Communication liaison: Serving as part of the communications network for  BMP’s designers, contracted technical staff, and vendors, ensuring that critical  information is shared in a clear, transparent, and timely manner. 
  • Production planning: In collaboration with the Director of Production, support  designers with the realization of their designs; plan and execute load-ins, technical  rehearsals, and strikes for BMP productions; assist the Director of Production  with general administrative/operational needs of the production department. 

BMP operates on a hybrid model. As this position requires on-site work at BMP’s storage  facilities and performance venues, the Production Associate must be based in the greater  New York City area. Additionally, occasional (once a week) attendance at meetings in  BMP’s Brooklyn office is expected. As the Production Associate may tour with BMP  shows, some national/international travel is expected. 

Qualifications: 

The Production Associate role is an entry-level/early-career position, and BMP is  committed to the training, development, and future career development of the person  hired into this role. To succeed in this role, the following basic core competencies are  expected: 

  • Interest in Performing Arts: Excitement and passion for the performing arts,  specifically technical design/technical production, and an eagerness to learn more  and develop skills as a live performance technician. 
  • Experience in Technical Production: A basic understanding of technical  production/equipment for live performance, and some experience working in technical theater. This experience may be professional (previous work in technical  theater or performing arts production), academic (a degree, apprenticeship, or  other formal training), and/or extracurricular (experience in technical roles in  school or other amateur performing arts).
  • Organizational and Project Management Skills: A keen attention to detail and  the skills to keep track of large amounts of information; the ability to juggle  multiple projects, timelines, and priorities while making sure tasks are completed  accurately and on-time. 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Comfort dealing with artists and  other creatives, and the ability to work effectively with a small, tight-knit group of  ambitious theater-makers.  
  • Computer Skills: General computer literacy, and comfort with Excel, Word,  Google Calendar, and Dropbox/Google Drive.  
  • As the Production Assistant will help transport things between BMP’s storage  spaces and performance venues, a valid driver’s license, comfort with large  vehicles, and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required. 

While not required or expected, the following skills would be an asset for the Production  Associate: 

  • Prior knowledge of Trello and Airtable.  
  • Ability to work in Autocad, Vectorworks, Logic, Dante, QLab, and/or Isadora. Knowledge of the NYC cultural community, local rental shops and suppliers,  and/or performance venues and rehearsal spaces 
  • Previous experience in music/opera, and/or specific interest in opera, new works,  or experimental performance 
  • Previous experience driving/handling a 14’ box truck or other large vehicle. 

Compensation: 

The Production Associate is a full-time, non-exempt position with a salary range of  $43,000-$50,000. All full-time employees at BMP receive contributions to health  insurance premiums. BMP’s standard office hours are 10:30 AM-6:00 PM, Monday Friday; however, some evening and weekend work is required for this role. As a non exempt employee, the Production Associate will be paid overtime for any work  exceeding 40 hours a week. 

Application and Interview Process: 

Submit your resume and a brief cover letter that speaks to your interest in/qualifications  for the role via our online application portal by August 15 at 10:00 AM EST.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage early applications.  

On our stages, BMP is committed to amplifying a diverse array of voices. To do this  effectively and ethically, we believe our staff needs to reflect the identities of the artists  we support. We strive to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and  respected. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications 

from candidates whose identities are systematically underrepresented in the performing  arts. 

The interview process for this position with consist of: 

  • 30-minute first-round interviews with the Director of Production, via Zoom, the  week of August 22nd, via Zoom. 
  • Final interviews with the Director of Production, Executive Director, and other  BMP staff, the week of August 29th, via Zoom or in-person 

Ideal start date of mid-to-late September