Theater Manager

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Manager/Supervisor

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is a state-of-the-art, dedicated theater space for performance, film/video screenings, education programming and special events within the museum. The Theater Manager will oversee all programming in the theater and other spaces, as required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as supervisor and liaison for the Hess Theater, overseeing day to day functions of the venue
  • Advance, consult and execute a wide range of exhibitions, performance, corporate events, educational happenings, member evenings and rentals, including production for the 2022 Whitney Biennial, as needed
  • Work closely with curatorial team and artists to deliver performances; coordinating with key staff to oversee all requirements and serve as technical liaison
  • Collaborate with Education, Special Events and Membership to advise on and realize the delivery of any theater-based activity
  • Coordinate and liaise with all other museum departments to ensure delivery of each program (Security, Facilities, Visitor Services, Marketing and Communications, Exhibitions and Collection Management)
  • Schedule all production staff (IATSE LOCAL 306) in conjunction with the WMAA AV Manager, and non-union labor as needed
  • Serve as lighting designer to the space as needed
  • Connect with external vendors  to review schedules, costs, and venue specifications
  • Review and negotiate artist riders
  • Ensure safety requirements are met
  • Advise on and obtain any necessary permits and certificates
  • Create, track and reconcile annual theater maintenance budget
  • Coordinate museum-wide scheduling of the theater space to meet the needs of the museum


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in live event management in a theater event production
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, and work positively in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work with discretion, diplomacy, and in high pressure settings
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of urgency and act responsively
  • Experience working with and directing union and non-union personnel
  • Computer skills: Macintosh OS and Windows platform using Microsoft Office
  • Flexibility in working hours as needed (nights and weekends)


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 requires 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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