To represent TPAC as the "Gold Standard" within the performing arts center and public assembly/facility management industry through uncompromising work ethic and outstanding performance, providing a quality start-to-finish facility rental product and experience for TPAC and clients.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the only complex of its kind in the state. A large part of TPAC’s success is that it can provide a range of production uses with its four (4) venues and support spaces, unlike any other venues in this city or state. High tech equipment and systems along with an inherent dangerous work environment require trained professionals.
The Director of Production coordinates and supervises the technical staff and resources within the Technical Department for the efficient management and maintenance of a state of the art, multi-venue performing arts complex. The four (4) stages of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center are as follows: Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472; Broadway House), James K. Polk (1,075), Andrew Johnson Theater (264; Black Box), and the historic War Memorial Auditorium (2,044 open floor; 1,661 theatrical configuration; 400 seated dinner). Anything from this office should always be Timely, Accurate, and Complete.
1.Supervises the technical staff, use of equipment and maintenance of facility. Coordinates with various TPAC departments in the operation of the theaters.
2.Supervision of production advance for all shows in Jackson, Polk and Johnson theaters, as well as the historic War Memorial Auditorium, and support areas.
3.Responsible for production advance for TPAC Presents and Rental clients in Jackson, Polk, and Johnson theater.
4.Responsible for Technical Department Budget and processes billing for productions.
5.Acts as liaison with outside agencies for operation of TPAC complex.
6.Ensures that technical department works in a safe environment and adheres to OSHA rules and regulations.
7.Works closely with upper management on annual grants and capital improvements.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1.Maintains close and supportive relationships with other key department heads and attends regularly scheduled team meetings
2.Advances and coordinates production requirements for each event with the client and Event Services department.
3.Provides timely and thorough event details to event department heads with tech notes (Technical Director, Master Electrician, and Audio Engineer).
4.Supervises Technical Department as a whole. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Directly supervises the following staff: a.Production Manager b.Master Electrician c.Chief Audio Engineer d.Event Technical Directors
5.In conjunction with Director of Technical Operations, develops and maintains a safe work environment.
6.Processes event payroll and billing reports with support from Production Manager.
7.Responsible for the technical budget with support from the Production Manager. Order supplies and services as necessary.
8.Works with Programming and Sales and Event Services to create client estimates and invoices.
9.Has a working knowledge of deal structures and supports their fulfillment at the time of settlement and or final billing. Issues invoices, as needed.
10.Fosters relationships with local vendors, Local 46, and the technical/production community.
11.Oversees maintenance for Jackson, Polk, Johnson theaters, and the historic War Memorial Auditorium, support areas and all lobby systems.
12.Works with TPAC Security staff in scheduling all necessary security and fire watches related to TPAC and coordinates with the Polk Building Facility Manager.
13.Proactively evaluates the institutional properties and resources to determine future capital needs and on-going depreciation.
14.Works with the Chief Operating Officer and upper management to present annual grant requests to the state of Tennessee. Administer and advises on capital purchases, and state grant purchases
15.Responsible to efficiently manage the TPAC loading dock, ensures proper safety measures are in place.
16.In conjunction with the Sr. Director of Building Operations, provides design solutions, ground plans, and propose alternate approaches for minor facility renovations and TPAC produced special projects.
17.Thinks independently and critically. Makes competent and timely decisions in the best interest of all concerned while addressing TPAC, State and local laws, policies, and procedures.
18.Must possess a “can do” service attitude, consistently providing excellent customer service to every client, while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Must also possess strong leadership and communication skills, must be detail-oriented, and able to multi-task.
19.Performs specific tasks as assigned by the Senior Director of Event Operations based on departmental needs.
The above listed duties are not all inclusive. This position is expected to perform other work related duties as assigned even though they may not be considered primary duties.
College education and previous venue experience strongly preferred.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and 7-10 years related experience and/ or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills and Knowledge Required
Extensive theatrical knowledge of various technical positions
Highly adept organizational, communication, and computer skills
In-depth knowledge of theatrical systems including rigging, lighting, audio and carpentry.
Ability to manage staff and equipment
Ability to manage inventories, and maintenance of all theaters and support spaces
Computer software knowledge (i.e. Excel, Word) with CAD being highly desired
About Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center, located in downtown Nashville, is dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing and cultural arts.
Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre.
In addition, TPAC administers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education programs in the United States, serving students from pre-school to high school, educators, and adults.
Over almost four decades, TPAC has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators, and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs.
Located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center, TPAC occupies an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. Performance venues include Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), Andrew Johnso...n Theater (256), and the War Memorial Auditorium (1,661), a historic concert hall located across 6th Avenue from the Center.
Dreaming of opportunities in the arts and a well-rounded education for their children and grandchildren, private citizens led by Martha Ingram proposed an arts center for the citizens of Tennessee to the state legislature in 1972.
After a private fundraising effort established an endowment, the state approved funding for the center, built in conjunction with the James K. Polk State Office Building and the Tennessee State Museum.
Prior to the September 1980 dedication, the legislature created the TPAC Management Corporation to oversee the public-private partnership and charged the unique nonprofit organization with providing affordable performance spaces for resident artistic companies and offering educational experiences in the arts for Tennessee school children.
During that first 1980-81 season, TPAC presented 119 performances for a total attendance of 84,000. The center was strengthened by the traditions of TPAC’s first two resident companies: Nashville Symphony, founded in 1946, and Circle Players, a community theater founded in 1949.
Three professional companies took residence at TPAC within the next five seasons: Nashville Opera, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and Nashville Ballet.
TPAC established Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT) in 1983, receiving the Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence the next year. A nationwide model for arts education programs, HOT has served children from the state’s 95 counties.
Following an operational merger with the Nashville Institute for the Arts in 2000, TPAC’s arts education programs, in addition to HOT, now include ArtSmart, which brings teaching artists to local schools; Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, for pre-school children; TPAC Summer Institute, a comprehensive training program for teachers; TPAC InsideOut, designed to enrich the theater-going experience for adults; Disney Musicals in Schools, a program to create sustainable theatre programs in disadvantaged schools; and the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, or Spotlight Awards.
Nashville is now a major market for Broadway tours at TPAC, and the center also presents a variety of special engagements from iconic performers, musicians, comedians, dance companies, and more.
Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre remain in residence at TPAC, following the 2004 departure of Circle Players and the 2006 construction of a new hall for the Nashville Symphony.
For some, TPAC is a dream come true. For others, it’s a gathering place for friends and families waiting to enjoy time and the arts together. A place to laugh or experience live theatre and music, TPAC is also good for the economy — attracting industry, creating jobs, increasing business downtown, and generating revenue.
Together, artists, audiences, administrators, educators, and supporters carry the mission of TPAC into the years ahead. We welcome you to visit us and become part in our ongoing story of growth, success, and service.