Job Opportunities

  • Production Manager

    The Production Manager is the main point of contact for the technical and production side of Diversionary Theatre and works closely with the Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director in fulfilling all duties and professional expectations. The Production Manager maintains the inventory of production equipment and facilities, and supports communication between the Executive Artistic Director, Managing Director and production staff on each show produced at Diversionary, including live in-person and online streaming events. The Production Manager is responsible for making sure the production schedule is adhered to, and the needs of the designers are met. The Production Manager may also stage manage select shows and cabarets produced on the Diversionary stage and/or Cabaret, as assigned by the Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director. 

    A key team member in maintaining the quality of the Diversionary experience, the Production Manager will also help preserve the general facilities, including front of house appearance and amenities, The Mainstage, the NewPlay Development Center, and support the facilitation and organization of special events both on and off site.

    The Production Manager will be responsible for managing, scheduling and supporting Cabaret performances and rentals of the Diversionary facility. This includes arranging walk-throughs, being the point person for technical requests from renters, completing rental memos, and maintaining the facilities calendar with accurate rental information. 

    The Production Manager will also work closely with the Managing Director on drafting and completing all contracts for production staff, as well as fulfilling Company Management needs of each production. Company Management needs include orienting production staff to Diversionary policies and procedures, including, but not limited to comp and ticket requests, catering support for first and technical rehearsals, and wardrobe laundry. 

    Production Manager Core duties include but are not limited to:

    • Coordinate and oversee the technical production of the Mainstage, Cabaret and New Play Development Center programming, including live in-person, as well as online streaming.
    • Oversee the production schedule and ensure all production and design deadlines are met
    • Oversee and support the scenic construction of each show in the Mainstage and Cabaret series
    • Oversee and support the load-in, technical and dress rehearsals and preview performances of the Mainstage and Cabaret series
    • Act as Covid Safety Officer (AKA Covid Compliance Officer or Infection Control Specialist) for all programming.
    • Support scheduling and running Production Meetings on the Mainstage and Cabaret series
    • Work with the design staff of each production to meet their needs and execute their designs, as assigned Executive Artistic Director
    • Operate, maintain and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
    • Determine the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
    • Assist Guest Designers set up, maintain and operate lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects
    • Advise stage managers and designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs.
    • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and management.
    • Assist in recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows.
    • Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; supervise the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
    • Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventative maintenance on equipment.
    • Assist with the preparation and control of production budgets.
    • Maintain inventory and order specialized supplies.
    • Attend technical rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of mounting the show
    • Make recommendations to Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director regarding capital purchases of technical equipment
    • Provide Union/OSHA safety regulations for staff and well-being of theatre.
    • Serve as a point of contact for all design departments pre-production, load-ins and strike schedules.
    • Oversee Production Apprentice program for emerging theatre professionals in technical production
    • Assist the Managing Director in engaging and supporting individuals and organizations who rent the Diversionary facility
    • Oversee and coordinate management and servicing of the Diversionary facility, including inventory management of facility supplies.
    • Stage Manage select Mainstage and Cabaret series productions as assigned by the Executive Artistic Director.

    Company Management

    • Work with the Managing Director on drafting and contracting staff and personal for each Mainstage and Cabaret production.
    • Orient company members to the rules and regulations of Diversionary Theatre.
    • Support and guide the Stage Manager for each production, including but not limited to laundry and craft services. 
    • Work with the Business Associate and Managing Director in ensuring that all production staff are paid in a timely manner. 



    • Fill in as FOH Manager and box office support as needed
    • Regularly answer phone calls and selling tickets/reserving subscriber seats for individual shows
    • Maintain a clean and tidy facility, including common areas, scenic shop and green room.
    • Assist where needed in all fundraising and marketing activities
    • Actively contribute to Diversionary Theatre’s overall image, brand and fulfillment of its mission
    • As needed, participate in Board and committee meetings
    • Other duties as assigned.



    • Contribute to a professional, friendly work environment for guest artists and designers that strengthens Diversionary and the business of theatre entertainment.
    • Remain current on technical advancements in design and production, and evolving best practices in production
    • Assist where needed in all fundraising and marketing activities
    • Assist with special events and promotions
    • Actively contribute to Diversionary Theatre’s overall image, brand and fulfillment of its mission
    • As needed, participate in Board and committee meetings
    • Actively participate, engage in, and contribute to all Audience Engagement & Marketing activities, meetings and planning


    Diversionary Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, TGNC, and people of color encouraged to apply.

    Apply by sending cover and resume to Matt Morrow, Executive Artistic Director at before May 15, 2021. No phone calls please.


    Stage Management

    Diversionary Theatre is seeking driven and knowledgeable Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers for our upcoming season. Duties would include working closely with Director and Cast to ensure smooth and successful rehearsals, tech, and performances of said show. Candidate must have prior experience as Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager, and an interest in working cohesively with Diversionary staff and contracted designers. Payment is a stipend D.O.E. paid in three installments: tech, opening, and closing.

    Run Crew

    Diversionary Theatre is seeking enthusiastic and attentive backstage persons to assist our Assistant Stage Manager in running the deck. Duties include joining production at tech and following instruction set forth by Stage Management for a successful run of the show. Payment is a stipend D.O.E. paid in two installments: opening and closing.


    Our part-time, volunteer internships provide aspring theatre professionals with the opportunity to get to know not only his or her department, but the growing Diversionary team, company members and various theater artists. Each semester, we hold seminars, observing opportunities, and excursions into the larger San Diego theater community. Each internship involves some general office work and errand running. We look for interns who will challenge us to constantly make the program – and the company – stronger and more effective.

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