Super Paua – Company Producer

Purpose of the role

The Producer will be responsible for producing all aspects of Super Paua programme and will be the main point of liaison for internal and external colleagues. The Producer reports directly to the Artistic Director but also works closely with the Engagement Co-ordinator on Community Engagement. They will be responsible for day to day producing requirements of the productions whilst in performances.

How to Apply: Email CV and Cover Letter detailing your interest in the role to superpaua@gmail.com by 6pm on Friday 13th December 2020.

About Super Paua

Super Paua is an Irish artist-led collective that makes work for all ages, with a specific focus on children and young people, in a variety of languages, places, and forms. Humour, social relevance, and respect define our work.

We produce three types of project –

Professional Plays that are crafted by experienced storytellers, and that aim to entertain, inspire and challenge the public.

Collaborative Classes that are run for and with communities who don’t usually go to the theatre.  These projects combine our teams’ skills with the valuable knowledge of community leaders, in order to nurture growth for the individual and the group.

Targeted Artist Development that uses some of the opportunities (and cash!) that the collective have access to in supporting marginalised artists, or people looking for a route into paid theatre and art work who are from marginalised groups.  We listen to what our artists want and need, together we come up with a funded plan for how they can reach their goals, and Super Paua shares responsibility for the artist’s development with them.

Super Paua wants to give you things you didn’t think you’d like, but which you find beautiful and necessary once we’ve given them to you.  We want to surprise you with the wickedness of your sense of humour, the extent of your empathy, and your bravery in the face of risk – things, perhaps, that you’d forgotten about yourself.  We use theatre and public art projects to tell exciting and empowering stories and to nurture human potential.  Our super powers are laughter and solidarity, patience and flexibility, and the prioritisation of wellness in the midst of a world that is not well.

Super Paua is funded by Arts Council of Ireland Arts Grant Fund

Contract Terms

Type: Freelance Role

Duration: January – October 2020

Time Commitment: 3 – 4 days per week

Location: Primarily based in company office in Rua Red, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

Fee:  €150 per day (all taxation is solely the responsibility of the individual)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

  •  To provide day to day management of the producing function – supporting the Artistic Director, in ensuring that all work is produced and presented with high quality production values and in the best possible circumstances (including national and international touring).
  •  To manage relationships with co-producers, to lead on negotiations of contracts with companies, venues, creative appointments, writers’ commissions (where appropriate) and the engagement of actors.
  •  To work with the Artistic Director in the formulation of annual and long-term project planning.
  •  To liaise with the Artistic Director on the management of casting for productions, carrying out all availability checks, arranging meetings and putting in offers (availability checks and arranging meetings where necessary).
  •  To draw up rehearsal, production and performance schedules for all productions and projects.
  •  To build and manage budgets for annual programme and individual productions.
  • As a Senior Manager to contribute relevant expertise to business planning, strategy and reporting and to work across the organisation maintaining strong departmental and cross department/project communication networks.

Productions

  •  To anticipate and manage artistic needs within the constraints of schedules and budgets.
  •  To support the Artistic Director in identifying appropriate members of creative teams.
  •  To manage contracting of all freelance production staff.
  •  To support the Production Manager to ensure that the theatre programme has the relevant technical support.
  •  To act as the point person between departments in the day-to-day management of productions
  •  To attend all production meetings.
  •  To manage the press invitation list, alongside the external Publicist.
  •  To manage the press night, alongside the external Publicist.
  •  To manage all house seat requests and co-ordinate them with Box Office.
  •  With the Production Manager, to monitor and authorise all production related expenditure, ensuring overspending does not occur.
  •  To attend previews, including tech notes sessions, preview meetings, press nights and last nights, as well as any other company events as required.
  •  To lead producing meeting.
  •  To attend and contribute to programming meetings.
  •  To manage national and international tours on a range of scales and support commercial transfers of the Company’s work across all media, as required

Community Engagement

  •  To work with the Artistic Director and Engagement Co-ordinator to seek out and promote opportunities for community engagement.
  •  To oversee, alongside the Engagement Co-ordinator, the development and production of community engagement events and activities as appropriate to encourage community members to experience and be involved with the Super Paua’s work.
  •  To ensure appropriate support from the wider producing and production team as appropriate.

Staff Management & Resource Management

  • To manage and control all budgets relevant to the work of the producing and production department, contributing to fundraising and development initiatives and applications where required.
  •  Direct line management and development of the producing team, with an overview of the team of freelance stage management and technical staff.
  •  To keep up to date with developments and research in producing practice, relevant to the creative industries and where relevant, draw upon such information in planning and programming strategies.

Marketing & Communications

  • To work with the Artistic Director on company branding and identity.
  •  To draft marketing copy for the company and individual productions and projects.
  •  To manage the company’s social media channels and website.
  •  To contact, alongside Engagement Co-ordinator, schools and community groups as part of targeted direct marketing campaign for Super Paua’s work and individual productions.

GENERAL

  •  Attend regular Company meetings and Operations meetings
  •  Actively develop and implement policies and practices for the company
  •  Adhere to, and actively contribute to, Super Paua policies, including Equalities (diversity, access, equal opportunities), Environmental and Health & Safety.
  •  To maximise income and minimise expenditure wherever possible, without jeopardising the quality of the work or the reputation of the Super Paua
  •  To act always in the best interest of the Super Paua
  •  Any other duties as reasonably required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • An affinity for the mission, vision and work of Super Paua and a passion to play a key role in shaping and achieving the company’s success
  • A positive attitude with a high level of self-motivation and ability to work on your initiative
  • Senior experience gained within a producing theatre company or venue.
  • An interest in the social, cultural and financial context within which the Super Paua operates.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience as Producer/Company Manager
  • Experience of working directly with creative teams and facilitating artistic processes.
  • Experience of contract negotiation with agents and artists and a good working knowledge of the relevant contracts.
  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Strong financial skills including drafting and managing budgets.
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills with proven ability to work flexibly under
  • pressure, to prioritise and to meet deadlines
  • The ability to work collaboratively and form effective partnerships internally and externally.
  • Persuasive communication skills.
  • Experience of line managing a team.
  • A genuine and demonstrable commitment to maintaining the equality and access values of Super Paua.

Desirable (but not essential) qualities, skills and experience:

  • Knowledge/experience of national and international touring.
  • Productive and wide ranging contacts in the theatre sector.
  • Photoshop / InDesign experience
Job Description
Date Posted: 2 December 2019
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