OPEN POSITIONS

Production Supervisor, Martha Graham CenterDirector, Martha Graham School

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance is committed to maintain a dance company, staff, School and Board of Trustees that directly reflect the diverse population of our country, and to cultivate an equally diverse audience. The Martha Graham Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, membership in a domestic partnership, veterans or uniform service member status, gender, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, or any other protected characteristics under applicable federal, state and local laws.

 

POSITION TITLE: Production Supervisor, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

SUPERVISES: Martha Graham Center Technical Staff

REPORTS TO: General Manager, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

LOCATION: New York, NY

THE COMPANY: The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc.

The Martha Graham Center seeks a Production Supervisor to coordinate and supervise all production activity for the Martha Graham Center (including the Martha Graham Dance Company, School, and Resources), manage facilities for the Center, and tour domestically and internationally with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Hire, supervise, and coordinate all technical staff, including Production Assistants, Lighting Supervisors, Wardrobe Supervisors, and Production Interns. When and if necessary, in consultation with the General Manager, terminate such staff. Direct and supervise all resident crew personnel at partner venues. 
  • Strive to ensure the safety of Center personnel and the safekeeping of Center property
  • Ensure that production activity remains within the Center’s financial limitations as outlined in the annual budget; creatively seek budget reductions when appropriate and necessary. Offer production expertise in developing the annual budget.
  • Supervise and coordinate set, costume, and prop building and repair; remain familiar with the technical property inventory
  • Represent the Center with the utmost professionalism at all times; facilitate communication between Center staff and partner venues
  • Coordinate the flow of information and property between all three Center departments, remaining aware of Company, School, and Resources inventory
  • Maintain and update (or cause to be) production related paperwork as necessary, including: Center’s technical rider; lighting plots, cue sheets, and track sheets; freight shipment lists, bills of lading, and carnets when shipping Center’s property; review and maintain Center’s historical production paperwork
  • Research and secure vendors for freight transport ensuring the timely transport of property; supervise and take part in all load-ins and loads-outs, whether from or to the warehouse, storage facility, rehearsal studio, School, or Theater. Supervise backstage set up at partner venues including crate and hamper packing and unpacking, dressing room assignment, and theater signage
  • Create Technical Schedules for international tours and domestic tours and seasons and update call boards with casting and schedule changes
  • With assistance from and in consultation with the Artistic Director and Sr. Artistic Associate, support the rehearsal process when appropriate by moving sets and large props to the rehearsal studio, learn about the technical requirements of new and reconstructed work, and proactively coordinate technical aspects of rehearsal
  • Call the show in technical rehearsal and performance for the Martha Graham Dance Company and, when possible, Graham 2 and School student performances
  • Support Graham 2 and School
    • Become familiar with the activities and programs of Graham 2 and the School in an effort to anticipate technical needs
    • Call shows in technical rehearsal and performances whenever possible
    • Secure substitute staff for the School when Company events conflict with School performances
  • Become familiar with Resources projects and provide technical support when necessary
    • Transport Resources property to and from the warehouse, supervising load-in and load-out as required
  • Maintain the theatrical equipment in the Martha Graham Studio Theater for optimal functionality
  • Serve as the technical liaison for artists renting the Martha Graham Studio Theater
    • When possible, be present as the technical personnel representing the Martha Graham Center for all showings that have technical elements, technical rehearsals, and performances
    • Secure substitute staff for rentals that conflict with Martha Graham Dance Company performances
  • Manage the Center and School facilities in collaboration with the General Manager and School administrators and respond to issues relating to all Martha Graham spaces
  • Other similar duties from the Executive Director and General Manager as may be considered necessary for the proper execution of Center’s technical work

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Skills and Interests

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organization
  • Excellent interpersonal and social skills
  • Positive attitude and collaborative spirit
  • Interest in the performing arts and knowledge of the dance field

Education and Experience

  • BA or BFA in Dance or Theater related subject preferred
  • Three years minimum of experience in dance production
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel and QLab
  • Familiarity with and dedication to nonprofit work
  • Commitment to serving the artistic mission
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Ability to travel freely into and out of the United States; must have a valid passport and a US driver’s license

This is a full-time mid-level position with benefits including paid vacation and health insurance. Salary commensurate with experience. Travel required.

The Martha Graham Center and School are anti-racist institutions and are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications from populations that have been historically underserved and from those who are aligned with the Center’s DEI commitment are strongly encouraged.

The Martha Graham Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, membership in a domestic partnership, veterans or uniform service member status, gender, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, or any other protected characteristics under applicable federal, state and local laws.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Email a cover letter of application and resume to careers@marthagraham.org, subject—Production Supervisor. Please note that telephone and mailed inquiries or applications will not be accepted. We are unable to acknowledge all applications but we will reply should next steps be in order.

POSITION TITLE: Director, Martha Graham School

SUPERVISES: Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance staff and student personnel

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance

LOCATION: New York, NY

THE COMPANY: The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

Established in 1926 by legendary choreographer Martha Graham, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance is the world’s foremost center for the study of the Martha Graham Technique. Dancers trained at the School have gone on to distinguished careers as performers with the Martha Graham Dance Company and other groups, and as teachers, choreographers, directors, and dance writers. In addition to the Graham Technique, students study ballet, contemporary technique, composition and choreography, music, dance history, pedagogy, and other related subjects. The School is a 501 c (3) corporation that operates under the umbrella of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, also a non-profit organization. It fulfills its mission in conjunction with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the professional performing arm of the Center, and Martha Graham Resources, the archival and repertory licensing department. The Director serves as a leader in a role that requires experience in the administration of educational programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Director is responsible for the artistic and fiscal success of the Martha Graham School. They will provide dynamic leadership as the School continues its tradition of excellent training while seeking to grow its student body. The successful candidate will:

  • Supervise and participate in the mid- and long-term planning for the School considering such topics as the curriculum and how it serves the evolving needs of the students, facilities, faculty development and financial stability and growth.
  • Be a leader in the development of School programs and curriculum, including external education programs.
  • Ensure that the School reflects the vision of the Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Center and serve that vision with creativity, intelligence, and humor.
  • Supervise and coordinate all school personnel including the Dean of Students, Administrative Assistant, program directors, and Graham 2 director; coordinate teachers and accompanists.
  • Work with Center Graham development and marketing staff to promote School programs.
  • Be a partner in the continued growth of the Center as a whole and participate in the organization as plans are made and implemented.
  • Serve as a teacher in the School in his/her area of expertise, understanding that this may not be in Graham classes; be a model for other teachers and an inspiration for the students.
  • Work closely with the Center’s Executive Director and General Manager to develop the School’s annual budget and ensure that the School operates with fiscal prudence.
  • Lead the Martha Graham School and help foster cooperation and communication between the School, the Dance Company, and Martha Graham Resources.
  • Serve as the School’s representative to external associates, in particular the National Association of Schools of Dance and other professional dance schools. Note that the new Director will lead the next Graham re-accreditation application, due within one-to-two years.

Experience and Qualifications Required:

The Director will have an extensive background in education and the arts, including teaching experience. Experience with the Martha Graham Technique and repertory is desirable but not required. They will have effective experience leading an educational institution. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Senior level experience in leading and administering educational programs.
  • Experience teaching in an institution of arts training, and/or secondary or higher education
  • An advanced degree in the arts or education; Masters of Arts Administration, Masters of Education, or Master of Fine Arts with administrative experience preferred.
  • An abiding passion for the arts and a belief that arts education is an asset to those on the path to a professional career as well as those who have an avocational interest.
  • Demonstrated skill supervising and mentoring artists and students.
  • Demonstrated skill in managing the logistics of class and facilities schedules.
  • Knowledge of the legacy of Martha Graham; an understanding of the tradition of the Martha Graham School and the ability to position it favorably among its peer institutions.
  • An awareness of the importance of fiscal responsibility; the willingness and ability to participate in the planning and monitoring of the School budget; skills necessary to maximize earned and contributed income.
  • An eagerness to participate in joint projects with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Martha Graham Resources; the ability to help build bridges between the three departments of the Center.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent listening skills and a desire to share ideas and learn from others.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with Mind Body software a plus.
  • Knowledge of the arts world as a whole.

The Martha Graham Center and School are and anti-racist institutions and committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications from populations that have been historically underserved and from those who are aligned with the School’s DEI commitment is strongly encouraged.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Email a cover letter of application and resume to sshin@marthagraham.org, subject—School Director Position. Please note that telephone and mailed inquiries or applications will not be accepted. We are unable to acknowledge all applications but we will reply should next steps be in order.