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Artistic Producer

The Artistic Producer stewards the department’s season of public performance projects from the rehearsal hall and design studio through to the stage. 

About the role

The Artistic Producer (AP) works with each project-based course’s instructor and with the production staff who support these courses. The AP ensures every project fulfills our academic goals and lives up to the ethical principles articulated in our Guiding Principles.  And, importantly, the AP is a layer of support and safety for the many people involved in these logistically complex projects: students from our Specialization Programs who are involved as performers, designers, assistant directors, stage managers and technicians, as well as staff and visiting artists.

The Artistic Producer’s duties

  • Meeting with directors / project leaders (whether full-time faculty, part-time faculty, or Artists-in Residence) to discuss the goals, ethics, and scope of each project, with attention to the resources assigned to each type of project
  • Promptly communicating any concerns that arise to the department chair, other full time faculty members, and/or technical and administrative staff as appropriate 
  • Visiting rehearsals and attending production meetings as appropriate.
  • Being available to speak to the logic and goals of the “season” of projects both internally (to students, staff, colleagues, administration) and externally (to media, community groups etc.)
  • Organizing and hosting relevant department-wide discussions, opening night festivities, lobby displays, and additional community-facing events as appropriate.
  • Coordinating publicity efforts (including overseeing graphic design for the season of projects) in collaboration with student designers, Fine Arts Communications and the department’s PR committee
  • Coordinating photo and video documentation, with the support of administrative and production staff
  • Supervising work-study student support as needed; and, working with production staff, the department chair, administrative staff, and program coordinators to harmonize production schedules with SIS-based timetabling 
  • Making recommendations at the end of each academic year about how to further refine the duties of the AP role, the production models themselves, and the collaborative processes involved – aiming to make the process of implementing the department's public performances smoother and better each year

Note that the selection of performance projects is not the duty of the AP alone, but instead is the collective responsibility of the entire complement of full-time faculty in Theatre.

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