City of Fort Wayne

Theatre Production Lead

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Job Code: 2024083
Posted On: Tuesday, 12th March 2024
Category: Seasonal
Department: Parks & Recreation - Foellinger Theater
Shift: Varies
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
200 E. Berry Street
Pay Rate: $35.7536 - $43.6989 per hour

Job Description:


Working under direction of the Theater Manager, incumbent is responsible for ensuring the success of show and event productions by managing the technical and personnel aspects of the production department (supporting & collaborating with theatre management, promoters, and touring show staff) with thorough & detailed preparation. The incumbent is expected to exercise good judgment, independence, initiative, and professional expertise in conducting day-to-day operations. All work duties and activities must be performed in accordance with the City safety rules and operating regulations, policies and procedures as well as federal, state, and local regulations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES/ASSISTANT MANAGER include the ability to interact with the public, City incumbents, and outside agencies with patience, tact, respect, and professionalism and the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Recruits and hires production staff and contract labor and to ensure complete training while following all City of Fort Wayne guidelines;
  • Adheres to the budget and tracks the financial aspects of department;
  • Creates and maintains inventory and maintenance log;
  • Creates daily/weekly show staffing schedule to present weekly
  • Schedules appropriate number of staff while maintaining labor costs;
  • Facilitates proper interdepartmental communication and organization;
  • Manages Union IATSE stage, sound, video, and lighting crews;
  • Responsible for the technical advance of a local and touring house shows;
  • Oversees maintenance of audio, lighting, backline, video systems advising on repairs when needed;
  • Responsible for safe and consistent operation of all equipment;
  • Advises on design of site audio, video, and lighting systems;
  • Maintains a detailed and thorough filing system of all “past show” files on a venue shared drive;
  • Act as an operator for production in area of incumbent’s specialty, as needed.


Performs other duties as assigned.


The incumbent is responsible to manage their performance in accordance with this job description and the performance expectations provided to them by management. If at any time the incumbent is unsure of their role or specific responsibilities, it is the incumbent’s responsibility to refer to their job description and ask for clarification from their supervisor. Management will work with the incumbent, as needed, to ensure performance expectations are clearly communicated and performance goals are achieved.


Has direct supervisory role with contract staff and seasonal employees in the production department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field preferred;
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience in a production leadership capacity working with a large performing arts organization;


  • Proven track record of outstanding customer service and leadership skills to guarantee that the entire team is dedicated to ensuring that each and every guest experience at the Theatre is an exceptional one;
  • Excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours, based on the needs of daily business operations;
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple situations in a fast paced environment;
  • Understands complex, varied non-standardized tasks, processes, or operations;
  • Applies routine practices, rules, regulations, procedures, or techniques that are relevant to assigned tasks;
  • Communicates efficiently and effectively while training various skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with departmental managers and operating staff.


Level of instructions is generally accepted but is not always clearly applicable. Judgment is needed in selecting the most pertinent guidelines in interpreting precedents and in adapting to standards set by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. Incumbent's contacts are with persons employed by other agencies, or with public. Incumbent handles questions, complaints requiring judgment and tact in order to render service, carry out policy and maintain coordination.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Incumbent makes choices and takes actions performing a variety of relatively standardized assignments. Errors in decisions or work are not immediately apparent through supervisory review, but are revealed through adverse effects on operations. Incumbents work consists of standardized practices and procedures. Work requires analysis and judgment. Work is reviewed for quality and accuracy at critical phases and upon completion.


Valid Indiana Driver's License as individual will use Parks Department vehicle for deliveries.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. (Also required to climb ladders, negotiate catwalks, and operate personnel lift).


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work requires some contact with changing conditions, some lifting or moderate labor involved. Incumbent is normally standing, walking or lifting light objects. Incumbent may require greater than normal physical abilities such as visual or hearing activity. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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(Those individuals who accept employment with the City and live outside one of the six contiguous Indiana counties that border Allen County (DeKalb, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wells, and Adams) will have six (6) months from their start date to become residents of either Allen County or one of the six counties listed above. Policy and Procedure Number 204 Page: 1 of 1).

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.