Fringe posts requirements for new producer

The Orlando Fringe, in case you haven’t heard, is looking for a new producer. Here’s the job description for anyone who’s interested in applying:

Position: Festival Producer
Status: Contract, 9‐months seasonal
Reports to: Board of Directors
Compensation: $30,000 ‐ $35,000

Organization Summary: The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States. Held in Loch Haven Park each year, this multi‐day arts festival presents more than 500 performances featuring nearly 100 performing companies, artists and arts organizations from the around the world with an event attendance of over 23,000 annually. The mission of Orlando Fringe is to provide an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the community together and inspires creative excellence through the arts. Celebrating 21 years, Orlando Fringe has a strong reputation locally, nationally and internationally.

Orlando Fringe proudly presents high quality art in un‐juried fashion. As a member of both the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and the United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF), the Orlando Fringe is committed to the philosophy that 100% of tickets sales revenue is returned to the artist.

Detailed information about Orlando Fringe and its programs may be found at www.orlandofringe.org.

Position Summary: The Festival Producer is charged with artist relations, production and event schedules, technical management and audience development throughout the festival. The Festival Producer is also responsible for marketing and communication functions within the organization along with the General Manager and Board of Directors. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of theatre production and can be a bridge between artists and audience. A background in non‐profit management is preferred; candidate must have the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and have the ability to operate with a comprehensive worldview.

Additional skills required: strong verbal and written skills with the ability to speak well in public, experience managing complex schedules, carries themselves with a high level of diplomacy, and is committed to present the mission of the Orlando Fringe to a wider audience.

Desired qualifications: College degree in Theatre, Arts Administration, related field or equivalent; minimum of 3 years event management, theatre production or arts administration experience; must have excellent financial acumen; proven ability to lead and develop a team; proven strong guest service skills; possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to interact successfully and diplomatically with the community, staff, volunteers, artists, patrons and members of the board of directors; high energy, stamina and a sense of urgency; ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks.

Specific Duties Include:

Artist Relations:

  • Schedule all shows in the Festival. The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, veteran status or any other protected status.
  • Send all communication to artists before, during and after the Festival, including submission requests and forms, acceptance forms, and post‐Festival accounting and payments.
  • Serve as the artist liaison and work with staff, technical crew, and volunteers for effective solutions.
  • Secure billeting for artists that travel from outside of Central Florida area.
  • Recruit and secure all artists for performances at fundraisers.
  • Work with General Manager to update annual artist applications,

Technical Management:

  • Responsible for full production execution of the Festival.
  • Responsible for full production execution of all fundraising events to benefit the Festival.
  • Manage all production elements including technical staff, tech rehearsals, load‐in and load‐out.
  • Hire, manage, and oversee all necessary production staff including: Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Venue Techs, Production Assistants, Visual Fringe Producer, Kids’ Fringe Producer, Assist General Manager with the Orlando Fringe Festival lottery.

Communication:

  • Work with General Manager, web designer and the creative staff to execute the Festival program; ensure Festival branding aligns with Orlando Fringe’s overall brand strategy
  • Work with General Manager and creative staff on media relations and publicity events; secure artist participation as needed.
  • Work with General Manager to publicize events; secure artist participation as needed.
  • Proof Festival schedules for website, program, and social media networks.

Audience Development:

  • Develop initiatives to grow audience attendance.
  • Develop initiatives that engage audience members and provide opportunity to interact with Festival artists.

Administrative:

  • Implement Festival procedures, guidelines, and policies as provided by the Orlando Fringe Board of Directors
  • Work with General Manager and Board of Directors to develop Festival budget and work within the guidelines of set budget
  • Assist with negotiation of venue rentals and securing space for Festival events
  • Provide monthly reports to Board of Directors and General Manager

For more information or to apply: Send cover letter and resume to the Fringe Festival Producer Search Committee, jobs@orlandofringe.org; use subject line: FESTIVAL PRODUCER.

No phone calls will be accepted.

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