JOB POSTING: Production Manager

Who We Are:

Ten Thousand Things (TTT) awakens the creative spirit of audiences and artists by bringing essential and exceptional theater to people from all backgrounds and life experiences. TTT typically tours 3-4 productions per year in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, bringing roughly half the performances for free to correctional facilities, shelters, senior facilities, youth support centers and community centers, with the other half performed for the paying general public. From the classics, to musicals and new works, TTT has over 30 years' experience telling stories with clarity, artistry and urgency.

Core Values:

  • Theater is better when everyone is in the audience. Performing for audiences of all life experiences and backgrounds expands imagination and challenges us to create work that is honest, relevant and representative.
  • Artistic excellence drives our work. We combine rigor, skilled artists and bold, universal stories to create the best work possible.
  • Artists are our greatest asset. We value the tremendous talent and commitment of our artists and place them at the center of the work.
  • Everyone belongs. We actively work to eliminate barriers to participation and cultivate equitable practices. Whether an audience member, artist, staff, or volunteer, each person’s unique perspective is necessary to the work.
  • We choose joy. Challenging work is best met by an environment that allows for laughter, safety, play and creativity.

Position Summary:

The Production Manager is an integral member of TTT’s small staff, working with all of TTT’s constituents, including but not limited to the board, artist core, production teams, community partners, unions and other professional representatives, volunteers, and audiences. The position is responsible for the successful oversight and management of all production elements for the TTT season, as well as additional events and programming. This person is a connector, a communicator, a problem-solver, an organizer, a manager, a forward-thinker, a team-player, and is vital to TTT’s ability to meet its mission.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Manage production budget
  • Manage all production hiring
  • Develop season calendar for productions and additional programming
  • Manage production calendars
  • Negotiate and manage compliance with AEA, SDC and other unions as necessary
  • Secure space needs for rehearsals and performances
  • Help identify community partner locations for each production
  • Coordinate and conduct design and production meetings
  • Help determine feasibility of design within space, time, budget and staff parameters
  • Support the rehearsal process and help ensure a safe work environment
  • Attend first read through, designer run, technical rehearsals, previews and performances as necessary to support the production team, partner relations and/or front of house staff
  • Maintain storage space and any TTT inventory and stock resource

Administration and Strategic Development:

  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings
  • Attend board meetings and committee or task force meetings as needed
  • Compile audience attendance statistics and assist in other programming evaluation
  • Work with the board and staff to achieve strategic goals
  • Participate in annual staff retreat
  • Coordinate annual season auditions and incidental audition needs and opportunities
  • Develop and manage safety protocols
  • Participate in review and implementation of TTT’s Workplace Behavior Policy and Emergency Procedures.

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director

WORKING CONDITIONS: This is a full-time, exempt position. Work is remote with occasional on-site meetings, and when needed in rehearsals and performances. Scheduling is flexible with some evenings and weekends required during productions. TTT does not hold office space or permanent rehearsal and performance space.


  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in theater production
  • Past experience as a stage manager
  • Experience working with AEA and/or other union contracting
  • Experience using various technology and software platforms (MS Office, Google Suite, Zoom, Vimeo, DocuSign)
  • Experience managing production budgets $100k+
  • Commitment to TTT’s mission and values
  • Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Clear communication and organizational skills

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $50-55k salary, plus $400/month toward health expenses, generous PTO and vacation policy, and employer-matched retirement plan.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter & resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ten Thousand Things is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a culture of belonging. We work continually to evolve creatively and cultivate equitable practices, including in our hiring processes. We will consider all qualified applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, or disability.

We’d like to acknowledge that Ten Thousand Things Theater, based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, is located on the traditional land of the Dakota People; and we honor the Anishinaabe People of this land as well. We are guided by the original stewards of this land.