Production Manager Position Open – Ananya Dance Theatre - May 12

Ananya Dance Theatre seeks an experienced Production Manager, with a heart for social justice, on an ongoing basis to coordinate and run the technical aspects of our dance theatre performances and workshops, at home and on tour. We are ready to build a recurring annual relationship that can grow with the company’s needs and the successful candidate’s desires for their future. 

Annual Schedule and Rate:

  • Extended collaborative creation of new work: January-September.
  • Annual premiere of approximately 90-minute work: September/October (in Saint Paul).
  • Entire company on break: December of each year.
  • Ongoing touring engagements: January-November. Likely 2-3 engagements over the course of the year. Most engagements will be 3-5 days, though one might be a week or more. Touring opportunities are always emerging, though we always have 2-3 months’ notice minimum, and we work through our company members’ non-ADT commitments.
  • Estimated annual hours (to be scheduled as needed, heavily weighted towards September, includes touring): 300
  • This is an hourly “Work For Hire” annual contract. Rate is $25/hour commensurate with experience. Touring rate is $150/day (expenses paid by ADT).

Duties include:

  • Scheduling and facilitating meetings with designers/collaborators during extended collaborative process (January-September, annually).
  • Attending occasional rehearsals to be familiar with the work and facilitate the details of collaborative decisions. Occasional in January to fully engaged in September. Rehearsals are evenings and weekends at our studio in Saint Paul, except for tech week.
  • Representing ADT to work effectively with venue production crews at the O’Shaughnessy for the premiere and on tour.
  • Calling or running lights/sound/backstage for performances. Dependant on venue – some provide staff, others may require you to run Qlab yourself. While you will not need to program lighting, sound, or video cues, you may need to troubleshoot. Annual Fall premiere at the O’Shaughnessy and intermittent touring throughout January-November.
  • Coordinating and communicating schedule and logistics including transportation and lodging for all live engagements to dancers, venue/community host, technical staff, etc.
  • Our next full production is MICHHIL AMRA!: WE ARE THE PROCESSION!, premiering September 22-23, 2023 at The O’Shaughnessy at Saint Catherine University. This work is currently in creation/rehearsal.


  • Basic knowledge of Qlab.
  • Experience with calling and running a live performance in dance, theatre, multidisciplinary, corporate events, etc.
  • Basic management experience, including motivating, problem-solving, and delegating.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex schedules and needs among 7-10 artist collaborators plus 12 company dancers.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Nimble mind; the ability to project calm into complex and time-pressured situations such as during live performances; a joyful work ethic.
  • Full availability for tech week and the premiere of MICHHIL in September 2023.
  • Available to tour internationally during the week following the premiere, September 27-October 6.

Cherry on top:

  • Experience and/or leadership in social justice community work.
  • Strong interpersonal management experience.
  • Background in anti-racist, anti-misogyny, and liberation work.
  • Background and/or demonstrated interest in dance.
  • Bachelor’s degree (in any field).
  • Current driver’s license.
  • Current passport and international travel experience.

Ananya Dance Theatre is committed to the full community inclusion of all people who live at all intersections of identity and experience; this role does not assume the absence of disability. If this role speaks to you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Ananya Dance Theatre is a company of BIPOC women and femme artists who create original dance theatre at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice. We premiere one major new work annually with original music and offer workshops, dialogues, classes, and performances at home and on tour. We call audiences to join us in movement, dialogue, and action driven by shared humanity. Our work invites audiences to participate in our strategy of #occupydance, the movement of dancing as civic action. We conjure dance as a liberatory practice, a methodology for a just world, and a space where BIPOC women and femmes can belong and thrive. For more information, please visit our website

Please express your interest with the following:

  • A one-page letter detailing your relevant experience and interest in the role.
  • A resume (if available; if not, a chronological list of your experiences).
  • Please respond to Jennie Ward, Managing Director (she/her) at Please put “ATTN: PROD MGR” in the subject line. Review of submissions will continue until the position is filled.

Location Info

Ananya Dance Theatre
1197 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55104

Contact Info

Hadiya Shire
Deadline: May 12, 2023