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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 275840-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Arts Programming and Arts Venue Management

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for overseeing production operations and successful execution of all events and performances at the Wisconsin Union Theater (WUT), including the historic Shannon Hall and the Play Circle. Serves as an integral member of a cross-functional team which supports upwards of 250-300 events each year, including a season of performing arts, student-produced activities, and University/community events.

Primary responsibilities of this role will include communication with Wisconsin Union Theater staff and renters for procurement of bookings and advancing of productions. Responsible for advancing WUT and rental events; cultivating and maintaining a supportive and safe working environment; ensuring the highest production standards; and supporting student learning and engagement in all areas of production. Assists with long-term strategies to maximize the use of WUT resources that benefit the UW-Madison campus community and drive revenue for the WUT.

Flexible and varying schedule includes Monday -Friday office hours with some events on evenings/weekends depending on business needs.

Responsibilities: Oversees various tasks and units related to different aspects of an arts production to turn artistic vision into reality. May work in various areas of media such as theater, TV, film, installations, etc. that require production of artistic materials. Improves efficiency and cost effectiveness of a production by supervising budgeting, taking care of needs of artists and other tasks to ensure schedules and budget are met.
  • 20% Implements the artistic vision while following project specifications, timeline, budget, and deadlines
  • 10% May develop and maintain the production budget which includes, but is not limited to, costs for materials, cast and/or orchestra, property, and other related expenses
  • 30% Develops highly motivated and collaborative production team which includes all those in charge of the various areas of the production including director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, musical director, publicist, choreographer, technical director, stage manager, and other functions of the production
  • 20% Meets with various department leads to discuss project improvement
  • 15% Responsible for hiring, training and scheduling two full-time Technical Directors and student/part-time stagehands and processing department payroll
  • 5% Responsibile for fostering a welcoming, safe, high-quality, customer-focused environment to support a variety of groups and events utilizing Wisconsin Union Theater spaces
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree
In technical theater, production/venue management, or a related field; or equivalent education/work experience.


*3+ years of Production/Venue Management, Technical Theater, Event Production, or related experience.
*Knowledge of and experience with all areas of technical theater including scenic, lighting, sound, video/projection, rigging, and maintaining a safe working environment. Experience should include hands-on proficiency with setting up, operating and troubleshooting technical equipment and software.
*Demonstrated experience building a collegial and collaborative team..
*Ability to communicate and work effectively with students and groups of varying backgrounds, interests and abilities in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
*Ability to identify, define, and manage new initiatives and improvements to existing procedures.

Preferred:Familiarity with drafting software (Autocad, Vectorworks, AutoDesk) and/or digital livestreaming platforms (VMix, Perigon Live, Streamyard and Zoom)
Preferred: Experience with budgeting and planning for equipment upgrades and capital projects

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $63,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This is a full-time appointment. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see

Additional Information:

The Wisconsin Union Theater consists of two performance venues and one rehearsal/dance studio. Performance spaces include Shannon Hall (capacity 1165 or 1129 without the pit), Play Circle Theater (capacity 185 seated and 300 open) and the Festival Room, a large rehearsal space/dance studio. All spaces have fully sprung stage floors, state of the art sound, and light systems.

The Wisconsin Union Theater, through a student-lead committee, presents a season consisting
of 40 events including classical, jazz, world and other music, touring dance, theater, annual jazz and world music festivals, and a student play writing competition and festival. Additionally, the Theater host numerous campus events including graduations, lectures, conferences and performances by university and community departments and organizations.

The Wisconsin Union is part of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by the Vice chancellor for student affairs. Our staff is dedicated to serving students and to helping them succeed in and out of the classroom in areas including health and well-being, identity and inclusion, leadership and engagement, and student advocacy. Student Affairs includes departments led by the dean of students; departments that provide identity-based spaces and leadership resources; the Wisconsin Union; University Health Services; and University Recreation and Wellbeing.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter as a part of the application process. Please outline your relevant work experience as it relates to the qualifications.

The assured consideration date is March 23, 2023, but applicants will be considered and this position will remain open until filled.


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Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Production Manager(AR005)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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