The Production departments (Production Management, Scene Shop, Props, Lighting, Sound, Costumes, and Run Crew) work very closely together to support the design and technical aspects of all Festival productions and operations.
The production departments at Williamstown Theatre Festival (Production Management, Scene Shop, Props, Lighting, Sound, Costumes, and Run Crew) work very closely together to support the design and technical aspects of all Festival productions and operations. Each department is helmed by a Department Head who is responsible for overseeing the scheduling and implementation of their department’s equipment, staff, and resources, under the guidance of the Director of Production. Members of each department work with guest directors, designers, and other creative personnel to implement their creative vision within the scope of budget, schedule and safety.
Director of Production: Lindsey Turteltaub
Lindsey Turteltaub has been a freelance production and stage manager for theatre, opera, dance and events for the past 20 years. She has worked extensively with LA Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Music Center of Los Angeles, STREB, New York Theatre Workshop, the Acting Company, and Beth Morrison Projects. She served as the Resident Production Stage Manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, before joining as the Director of Production in December 2018. As Director of Production, Lindsey oversees the Production Management, Scene Shop, Scene Design, Paints, Props, Lighting, Sound, Costumes and Stage Management departments. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA’s School for Theater, Film and Television and an MFA in Stage Management from Yale School of Drama.
Schedules vary depending on the department and production schedule. Generally, the aim is a 6-day work week in support of each production’s rehearsal, load-in, tech, and performance process. The workload can be challenging and may require long hours at times, depending on the needs of the production. The Department Head for each department is responsible for setting the schedule of their respective staff, under supervision of the Director of Production.
Frequently Collaborates With:
Directors, Designers, and Creative Personnel
For all departments, the ideal candidates are motivated, organized, have dependable follow-through, and are adept at finding unique solutions to production challenges. The nature of the Festival requires strong time management and multitasking skills as multiple projects are often in production simultaneously. We look for individuals who have a dedicated interest in their specialization, may have already had some training in their field of study, and are interested in honing their skills further through hands-on production assignments and educational opportunities. Individuals in production departments should be comfortable working as a part of a larger team, voicing suggestions and concerns as related to production logistics, supporting the artistic goals of the season, and interested in participating in the educational environment of the Festival.
As we generally hire early career professionals, your cover letter is especially important to get a sense of any skills or personality details that are not explicitly mentioned in your resume. Due to the high volume of applications, please limit your cover letter to a couple of paragraphs. Legibility is key, resumes that are easily printed in black-and-white are appreciated.
Hiring for production positions generally occurs between January and March by each department’s respective Department Head. Subsequently, the timeline can vary by department. If you have any pressing questions or a competing offer, you can reach out to Lindsey Turteltaub at email@example.com to check on the status of your application.