View from the tech booth at the yard’s nanon theater. photo by harrison burke

View from the tech booth at the yard’s nanon theater. photo by harrison burke

Job Opening: Assistant Production Manager & Technical Director

Job Description

The Yard, Inc. in Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard

  • Position runs May 15th, 2019 - September 10th, 2019, with option to renew for follow seasons, and the opportunity for one-week off-season engagements throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring

  • Full Time, Salaried while on contract

  • Other benefits include: free onsite yoga and dance classes; access to bikes, kayaks, and beach passes; optional onsite housing/housing stipend

The Assistant Production Manager & Technical Director will work with the Production Manager to plan and execute all aspects of a multi-artist summer dance festival, including lighting, sound and projection operation as well as sound design and engineering. Experienced applicants who enjoy working in a fast paced, collaborative environment are encouraged to apply.

The Yard is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Joanna Kotze performs in the yard’s nanon theater

Joanna Kotze performs in the yard’s nanon theater


  • Work with the Production Manager to plan and execute all aspects of a multi-artist summer dance festival.

  • Provide Sound Design and Engineering for all residency artists.

  • Assist and run load-in, setup, show run, and load-out for each Visiting Artist — including sound and lighting hang and focus, rigging, wardrobe maintenance, and general theater operations alongside the PM and technical production interns.

  • Operating lighting, sound, projection and performing any other necessary show run duties for with assistance from summer interns and staff as directed by the PM.

  • Guaranteeing a safe and professional working atmosphere in the theatre, studio, and in general around The Yard Inc.'s physical campus.

  • Maintaining The Yard’s stock of lighting, audio, projection equipment, soft goods, audience seating, staging materials, and other miscellaneous theatrical and production necessities.

  • Research and bid-out technical equipment rental options for Visiting Artists as directed by the PM. Maintain relationships with vendors and local retail establishments.

  • Generate shopping lists and acquire goods as needed for performances as directed by the PM.

  • Contributing to the general repair of The Yard’s physical campus as directed by ED (with consultation and partnership with the Property Manager), performing maintenance and up-keep tasks as directed by the ED and/or Property Manager.

  • Assist with Front of House, Box Office, and Merchandise sale duties as needed by The Yard Inc. staff.  Supervise summer interns working in each of the aforementioned roles.

  • Mentor summer interns, especially the Production Interns, on proper theater operating procedures, new skill refinement, and daily physical and administrative operations of a performing arts and residency center.

  • Assist summer interns and other Yard Inc. staff with pre and post-performance setup and breakdown.


  • Bachelor’s or Secondary Degree in Dance or Theatrical Design/Production; and/or 3+ years of experience in the field

  • Heavy experience in Sound Design and Engineering

  • Experience in Lighting Design

  • Experience in Stage Management/Theater Operations

  • Ability to maintain irregular and extended work hours

  • Experience with common theatrical software, including EOS family lighting consoles, Apple OS, Qlab, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Microsoft Office & Google Suite

  • Effective manager and leader

  • A self-starter, successful working in a fast-paced arts center with multiple programs

  • Enjoys a collaborative, creative work environment

  • Highly organized, able to work with multiple assignments independently and handle deadlines

  • Interacts cooperatively and effectively with all artists, staff, vendors, and patrons

  • Able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.

To Apply: Please send letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to No phone calls please.

The Yard’s Mission: The Yard supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists in their creative processes through paid, creative residency, public performance, long term education, and artist driven civic engagement.  We serve all ages and cultural populations on Martha’s Vineyard, and work collaboratively with artists, producers, and other cultural organizers within regional, national, and international contexts.

About The Yard: founded in 1973 by the late choreographer/philanthropist Patricia N. Nanon, The Yard is singular in its legacy, mission, and island community commitment. Ms. Nanon’s vision of providing creative “new work” residencies and public performance opportunities for choreographers and dance companies - carried forward and amplified since 2011, under the leadership of David R. White, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller - has had a lasting impact on the national dance field. The institution achieves its mission through an integrated ensemble of extended national/international artist research residencies, public presentations, local education programs, and year-round community building activities. The Yard’s main YARD ARTS season runs late May through mid-September. The new WINTER YARD series now populates the period November to May.  And MAKING IT, our intergenerational applied movement and dance-making initiative, is now active year-round in virtually all Island schools, as well as other community institutions.