Playhouse Manager

Department President's Office

Reports to President

Supervises Technical Supervisor, Box Office Supervisor, Rentals and FOH Manager, Cornish Presents Production Coordinator, WS Students

Pay Grade E, Exempt

Work Schedule

Full-time; Varies to accommodate Playhouse schedules; includes possible weekends, holidays, and evening work


Responsible for the planning and execution of operations of the Playhouse at Seattle Center, comprised of the Playhouse Theater, Alhadeff Studio (black box), and lobbies.

Job Responsibilities

1. Collaborates and leads alongside the College’s academic, administrative, and operational departments, gallery curator, Provost’s and President’s offices in the development of programming for the Playhouse and Studio.

2. Develops annual planning goals and objectives for the Playhouse and Studio and for each administrative and support function that directly contributes to achieving the mission, vision and brand of Cornish.

3. Prepares, assists with or oversees estimates, budgets, bills, building use agreements and proposals throughout the booking and production process in conjunction with Technical Supervisor, Administrators and area supervisors. Prepares documentation for settlements; reviews vendor invoices for accuracy and ensures they are processed for payment in a timely manner.

4. Provides facilities scheduling and planning of all elements of Cornish College of the Arts’ season and booked events at the Playhouse spaces. 

5. Facilitates efficient utilization of the Playhouse by scheduling and coordinating a combination of Cornish College of the Arts productions, co-presentations by Cornish with select community partners, and rental events.

6. In conjunction with department managers, creates all necessary schedules and work requests for services from vendors and for College services, and coordinates building operations with event needs.

7. Acts as a liaison between Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Center management.  Acquires and distributes technical riders and other relevant information; ensures that electronic databases and other information are current and available to colleagues; serves as main events information resource for clients, staff and vendors.

8. Collaborates with Cornish Communications Department to market the Playhouse imaginatively and effectively.

9. Coordinates with Technical Supervisor all load-ins, setups, performances, strikes and load-outs when needed or assigned, and provides guidance regarding policies or contract requirements; attends events, performances and rehearsals as Cornish College of the Arts representative as needed. 

10. Educates clients about production processes and functions as events advisor, in collaboration with Technical Supervisor.

11. Implements and maintains master event calendar and eventual billing software.

12. Develops and maintains positive, productive relationships with vendors. 

13. Produces events as assigned.

14. Coordinates all production and rental needs with stage managers, hospitality assistants, front-of-house personnel, interns and work study students; works with contracted concessionaire/caterer.

15. Coordinates artist hospitality and ground transportation when necessary for Cornish College of the Arts sponsored events with all relevant parties (College, outside vendors, work study, etc.). Coordinates Cornish vehicles to transport artists, employees, equipment and supplies to venues, hotels, airports, and other destinations. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five to seven years of supervisory experience in a multi-purpose academically affiliated performing arts center 
  • Two years of experience advancing theatrical events or concert productions 
  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate
  • Proven track record in long range planning, developing and administering business plans and annual budgets
  • Demonstrated capacity to motivate others, plan work for others, manage conflict, manage and evaluate work in accordance with policies and procedures of Cornish College of the Arts and relevant state and federal statutes
  • Experience preparing estimates, monitoring production budgets, or participating in settlements 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
  • Experience using PC and/or Macintosh computers; working knowledge of Microsoft Office, proficient in Excel 
  • Commitment to maintaining a working atmosphere free of discrimination and bias
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and a variety of constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to calmly and accurately multi-task in a dynamic, fast-paced environment under pressure of stress and deadlines
  • Professional demeanor and demonstrated ability to develop and maintain successful, professional relationships
  • Occasional light lifting
  • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information
  • Washington State Driver’s License and safe driving record
  • Must pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a higher education or not-for-profit environment
  • MFA, Master of Arts Administration, or Master of Arts Management degree
  • Experience with event management software

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit cover letter, resume, and completed Cornish application to

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position is open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.