Performance Producer

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Experienced

A full-time position is available for a performance producer at the Whitney Museum. Reporting to the associate director for exhibitions and collections management and working closely with the Whitney's curatorial team, the performance producer will manage production logistics and execution of all performance programming.



  • Liaise with Museum departments, fostering clear communication while coordinating performance logistics, production needs, scheduling, and staffing
  • Work closely with artists to understand the scope and needs of their projects
  • Provide contracts for participating artists and vendors
  • Process artist payments and fees
  • Oversee production-related travel arrangements, accommodations, and hospitality for artists and technical support
  • Organize equipment rentals and production materials
  • Create, manage, and oversee performance project budgets
  • Ensure projects stay on track and within budget
  • Hire and manage freelance production staff and outside contractors necessary for execution of individual performance programs
  • Hire and manage freelance photographers and videographers, and work alongside curatorial staff in cataloging, archiving, and sharing performance documentation
  • Directly supervise assistant performance producer



  • B.A. with 5+ years of production management experience in a performing arts organization, museum, or equivalent
  • Well-developed visual sense and understanding of issues involved in the development and presentation of interdisciplinary commissions, performances, and other live art event programs
  • Basic understanding of technical requirements and ability to work with a technical team
  • Experience with personnel and budget management, staff training, and team building
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, with a collaborative spirit
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines, set priorities, and commit to flexible hours, with necessity for some evening and weekend work
  • Physically demanding tasks, such as lifting and moving equipment, may occasionally be required


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.



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