Associate Producer, Studio
Minneapolis, MN 
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Associate Producer, Studio
Reports to: Senior Artistic Producer
The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.
The Guthrie Theater would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.
The Associate Producer, Studio is the lead producer of the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater and the lead producer for all non-mainstage Guthrie programming. This position is responsible for producing all Studio and ancillary artistic programming, and functioning as a key member of the artistic staff, while collaborating and communicating with all departments in the organization. The Associate Producer is responsible for seamlessly integrating all Studio and ancillary programming into the operations of the theater, while also creating new systems and efficiencies that enable the Guthrie Theater to produce its work at the highest level possible. The Associate Producer facilitates processes and is the central hub for all departments in the communication of artistic matters as they relate to Studio and other non-mainstage programming. Guided by the Guthrie's core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility, the Associate Producer plays a key role in the organization as we strive to center and operationalize these values. The Associate Producer advocates for the Guthrie's mission and values and is committed to working collaboratively within a large organization and the community to achieve short, mid and long-range artistic and institutional goals.
This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation for this position ranges from $63,000 - $80,000 annually, plus benefits. This person will work remotely until our building reopens and/or production resumes, at which time full-time in-person work is required.
The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
1. Producing
  • Work with the Artistic Director, Senior Artistic Producer and Season Planning Committee on planning and curation for future seasons, with primary focus on Studio and ancillary programming.
  • Participate in the selection of guest artists, and the hiring of creative teams and show-specific support staff, e.g. Assistant Directors, coaches, consultants, guest dramaturgs, etc., from checking interest and availability to overseeing the progress of their recruitment to working closely with General Management as those artists are contracted.
  • Support guest artists in the resourcing and realization of their particular vision and, in collaboration with the Director of Production, ensure that clear communication representing Guthrie resources and values is delivered to all visiting artists.
  • Describe each Studio or other non-mainstage production, as it comes into view, accurately and completely to all Guthrie departments, including Marketing, Development, Artistic, Production, Front of House and Administration, as well as, on occasion, to community members, trustees and stakeholders.
  • Work with the Senior Artistic Producer, Production Manager, General Manager and guest artists to ensure that each Studio production is delivered on time and on budget, helping to ensure key deadlines are met throughout the process.
  • Work with the Production Manager to ensure understanding of each show's vision by the Guthrie's production staff, including attendance at preliminary and concept design meetings when held locally, all production meetings and periodic check-ins during rehearsals and throughout tech and previews.
  • Work with the Senior Artistic Producer, Director of Production, Production Manager, and General Manager to ensure a clear and smooth production and design process for all directors, designers, and visiting artists.
  • Serve as the hub for guest artist requests, coordinating schedules and priorities between Education, Development and Marketing/Communication.
  • Serve as a line producer in the Thrust and Proscenium as needed.
2. Future Planning and Vision
  • Work with the Senior Artistic Producer to source potential co-productions and presentations for future seasons, maintaining relationships with agents and producers at partner theaters.
  • Steward the Guthrie's resources responsibly over the course of the season, working closely with the General Manager and Director of Production.
  • Work with the Artistic Director, Senior Artistic Producer and key Guthrie Theater departments to maximize co-production and commercial potential for Guthrie Theater productions.
  • Build and maintain relationships with colleagues and theaters in the field.
  • Build and maintain relationships with artists.
  • Stay current on playwrights, directors, designers and artists in the field, attend productions and readings outside of the Guthrie, and periodically attend festivals and conferences as may be required.
3. Administration
  • Organize creative team debriefs.
  • Organize producer coverage schedule between the Artistic Director, Senior Artistic Producer and Associate Producer (Mainstage) to ensure attendance at designer run, dress rehearsal, all previews, opening and closing.
  • Supervise the creation of a Look Book of each production's creative team, staff and crew; distribute Look Books for each production.
  • Actively participate in fostering a work environment centering the Guthrie's core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Financial Responsibility.
  • Serve as a member of the Operating Committee (weekly).
  • Prior experience in a producing or presenting role. Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.
  • Extensive knowledge of acting, directing, design, and playwriting talent, as well as knowledge of the new play field and current issues facing the national theater field.
  • Budget management experience preferred. Aptitude in crafting and overseeing budgets required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the artistic and creative processes that are necessary in the creation of high quality, professional theater productions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word).
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects and conflicting priorities to manage overlapping show schedules.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively verbally and in writing on an interpersonal and group level.
  • Professional maturity as measured by the ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times and maintain confidentiality as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, work flexibly and adapt easily to change in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Familiarity with IATSE, LORT and AEA collective bargaining agreements is preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
The Guthrie Theater is located in the historic Mill District along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the largest city in the state, Minneapolis offers a large variety of parks, lakes, great food, festivals, malls and more.
Be a part of a leading non-profit organization that is committed to serving not only the local Twin Cities community but the industry as a whole. In addition to a competitive salary, the Guthrie offers top-notch employee benefits and staff perks.
Competitive Benefits
Health Insurance
Health Savings Account
Flexible Spending Account (medical and dependent care)
Dental & Vision
Life Insurance and AD&D
Long Term Disability
Short Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) Retirement Plan with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of employment
Paid Time Off
Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains
Discounted pre-tax monthly ramp parking
Discounted bike locker rental

Discounted Nice Ride annual membership

Complimentary Tickets

To Guthrie productions

Discounted Tickets
To all shows produced by the Guthrie
To some performances hosted by the Guthrie
Classes and Camps
Discounts to Guthrie classes and camps
Other Employee Perks
Wellness Program
Guthrie Store discount
Admission to opening night parties
Affinity Groups
Discounted Level Five Cafe and Express dining
Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts
For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.
Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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