The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has an opportunity for a Production Manager, a vital and rewarding role on the Artistic Operations team that is key to the SLSO’s success. The Production Manager will supervise the stage crew and manage production details for all types of events. The successful candidate will bring a strong musical background, including the ability to read and understand music and a familiarity with classical music. This individual will bring a background in concert production and stagecraft, sound, video, lighting solutions and technology, and previous supervisory experience.
Supervise the SLSO stage crew, including full-time, extra stagehands and projectionists, ensuring compliance with collective-bargaining agreements with IATSE Locals 6 and 143. In coordination with Director of Operations and Stage Manager, determine stagehand requirements for each event and relevant facilities maintenance. Proactively troubleshoot and address problems that arise with management of stage environment. Act as the primary liaison with the IATSE business managers for CBA administration. Participate in IATSE collective bargaining negotiations. Review and approve weekly payroll for accuracy and budget compliance.
In collaboration with Director of Operations, manage the production of events, including orchestra and non-orchestra events, presentations, select philanthropy events, Pulitzer concerts and other local concerts. Assist Director of Operations with technical details, including stage plots and event setup, sound, lighting, and video needs.
Staff and serve as primary production support for St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra activities. Compile weekly production needs to distribute to staff and crew. Staff YO rehearsals and concerts at Powell Hall. Create stage plots, production sheets, concert run sheets, and other YO production reports.
Serve as a liaison to rental clients. Prepare expense estimates for rental contracts and final billing. Create production sheets, event run sheets, and other rental production reports.
Assist Director of Operations with production logistics for runouts and tours as needed, including engaging coordinated equipment transportation and trunking needs.
Staff Powell Hall and off-site events, serving in a rotation as concert duty manager with Director of Operations. Schedule and lead production-related department meetings as needed. Serve in rotation of operations staff on duty for Opera Theatre of St. Louis collaborations.
Manage instrument rental needs. Serve as primary point of contact for backline.
Work with Director of Operations to maintain operations and event tracking systems and records such as backline and other stage equipment resources, instrument inventory, maintenance records, venue technical specifications, and stage and support space diagrams.
A strong musical background is required (ability to read and understand music as it relates to instrument needs and event production), including familiarity with classical music. Knowledge of concert production and stagecraft, including sound, video, and lighting solutions and technology.
Production experience (five years preferred) with musical, stage and event production. A minimum of 1-2 years of supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Ability to maintain positive attitude and professionalism in challenging and demanding circumstances. Strong communication and customer service skills.
Aptitude for technology and IT systems such as ArtsVision.
Valid driver’s license with driving record acceptable by SLSO insurance company required.
ABOUT ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:
Celebrated as one of today’s most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 142nd year with the 2021/2022 season and its third with Music Director Stéphane Denève. Widely considered one of the leading American orchestras, the SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community collaborations—all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.
The dynamic partnership with Stéphane Denève is seen through his visionary storytelling, which is at the heart of the SLSO’s artistic profile and has resulted in stronger connections with artists, as well as the elevation of the SLSO’s role as music education leader. The SLSO musical family also includes two resident choruses: the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, founded in 1976; and the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, an ensemble founded in 1994 focused on the music of African American and African cultures. The SLSO family also includes the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded by Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin in 1970.
In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which has been the permanent home of the SLSO for more than 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting dozens of free education and community programs and performances throughout the region each year. In 2021, the SLSO marks the 100th anniversary of its education concerts. It presents St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer, a collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation centered on music of today. The SLSO has also served as the resident orchestra for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for more than 40 years.
Join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra!
The SLSO offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all.
Additionally, the SLSO offers a positive work environment designed around the philosophy of mutual respect and the challenge of contributing to the continued success of our organization.