Fringe Festival Production Manager



The Capital Fringe Festival takes place in July in the SW Waterfront Metro neighborhood of DC. Between 80 - 100 artists will be programmed for on 9 - 12 stages at seven different venues in the area. Approximately 450 performances will take place on Tuesdays - Sundays for the three-week run of the Festival.


The Production Manager oversees the planning, construction, and implementation of all Festival venues. The Production Manager will supervise Crew Chiefs and oversee the day-to-day work of production staff and volunteers. During the July Fringe Festival, the Production Manager will be part of a rotating team on-duty to troubleshoot issues as they arise. At the close of the Fringe Festival, the Production Manager will be responsible for planning and executing the load-out of all summer Festival spaces and proper storage and inventory of Capital Fringe equipment. The Production Manager reports to the Festival Producer.

This position will manage scheduling and the financial resources specific to all production activities. The Production Manager will also assist in acquiring and maintaining all resources necessary for each position within the production team to fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities.


  • Attend pre-festival venue visits with Festival Producer and Venue Designer, to determine all venue needs.
  • Contact, interview and hire over-hire personnel for load-in/load-out needs.

  • Aid Festival Producer with programming the Festival, with particular emphasis on all tech rehearsal scheduling needs (load-ins/venue builds, artist techs, strike, etc.).
  • Aid with Venue Designer, compile Venue Packets, including plots, magic sheets, channel hookups and all general venue info for delivery to artists. 

  • Create a project task list for Crew Chiefs, as determined by the venue needs from plans.
  • Test all Lighting/Audio/Projections equipment in Inventory.
  • Determine rental and purchase needs for all venues, with input from designers and production team members. Source rental quotes and serve as coordinator for all rental contracts.
  • Develop a load-in schedule for all Festival venues and venue needs, in consultation with all Festival areas (Box Office, Bar, Fringe Curates/Presents productions, etc). Coordinate rental truck schedule, storage pod delivery/pickup, etc.
  • Prep all venue equipment currently in stock (lighting/sound/projection equipment, Venue Manager Boxes, 1st aid Kits, etc)
  • Manage production schedules including Master schedule for all production activities pre and post-Festival.
  • Oversee the staffing and operations of production activities in loading in the Festival, including construction and installation of all site and venue infrastructure and equipment necessary for the efficient operation of performance and public spaces (i.e., lighting and power distribution, sound reinforcement, staging, seating and masking systems as required).
  • Ensure Festival venues adhere to fire and safety codes, and all staff and volunteers are properly trained on safety practices and procedures.
  • Handle and troubleshoot technical problems with the Festival Producer and other Crew Chiefs daily during the Festival with all venues and venue staff. Serve as a member of on-call support for emergencies, communicating info effectively to Festival Producer.
  • Supervise strike of all Festival venues, coordinating the proper removal/storage of all Fringe equipment and rented materials.
  • Ensure inventory and storage of Capital Fringe owned equipment is documented and stored accurately post Festival.


  • Maintain budgeting tracking expenses relevant to production activities, communicating to Festival Producer for monthly reports.
  • Production Meetings scheduled and lead with area heads, as necessary
  • Maintaining accurate files and reports related to production in accordance with Fringe policies.
  • Working weekends and evenings will be required, physical work is required


  • Experience and expertise in one of more of the following areas is required: o Lighting o Audio o Projections o Carpentry
  • 2-3 years’ management experience in production operations
  • Spreadsheet & database skills (i.e. proficiency in Excel)
  • Working knowledge of Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Must be able to comfortably negotiate stairs, ladders, lifts, and catwalks up to 45 feet above ground, as well as working within confined spaces
  • Must be able to physical lift 40 pounds
  • Excellent multitasking skills
  • Grace and a sense of humor under pressure, enthusiasm for working as a team


The Production Manager starts in mid-February, works part-time through mid-June, and full-time late-June through July. This is a contract position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Email cover letter and resume with references to Please put “Festival Production Manager” in the subject line. Deadline for applicants is January 15, 2019.

Fringe Festival Production Manager

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