Production Supervisor, Theater

New York, NY

The Whitney is looking for a Production Supervisor with general production and stage management experience on an overhire basis (project-based, no regular hours). The Production Supervisor will work under the direction of Theater Management, internal stakeholders, or external producers/production management within the Susan and John Hess Family Theater and other Museum locations on occasion. This role will also create basic lighting looks and occasionally refocus the Theater’s repertory lighting plot. This is an hourly position.

Main responsibilities:

  • Advance and execute assigned events in conjunction with Theater Management
  • Schedule and direct Local 306 Audio Visual and other Whitney production staff
  • Serve as interface between production staff and event stakeholders (Education, Curatorial, Special Events clients), accommodating technical needs or suggesting appropriate alternatives
  • Understand and enforce venue rules and guidelines
  • Occasional lighting focus and design/operation for events
  • Other duties as assigned



  • 3+ years of production or stage management experience in a theatrical, Museum performance, or equivalent setting
  • Friendly and professional attitude – the Production Supervisor will work in close proximity to the Whitney’s artists & Education teams as well as rental clients
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to create, understand, and distribute production notes and schedules to relevant parties
  • Strong knowledge of theatrical audio, video, and lighting systems and their operation
  • Ability to operate basic lighting controls (faders on an ETC Ion or RFR app) and occasionally refocus lighting fixtures
  • Proficiency or willingness to learn Microsoft Office Suite, GSuite
  • Available to work nights, weekends, and possible holidays

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to regularly walk, stand, stoop, bend, kneel, and reach in various positions to perform tasks
  • Must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Comfort with occasional work at height on ladders and personnel lifts (training provided)


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 work 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 taking 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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