Parkway Playhouse Seeking Part-Time Technical Director/Production Manager




The Technical Director/Production Manager supports the Managing Director and Director of Education with the technical operations of all Parkway Playhouse performances and provides logistical oversight and day-to-day administration to all areas of the production process.  The Technical Director/Production Manager operates, maintains and safeguards the technical aspects of the theatre and reports directly to the Managing Director. Works to support the mission, vision, and goals of Parkway Playhouse.


  • Oversees and works with Shop Manager in set design, construction, and coordinating necessary maintenance
  • Designs, sets-up, maintains operates and supervises the lighting system, sound system, communications and projection equipment, rigging and stage facilities for all theatre productions and projects
  • In collaboration with the Managing Director and Director of Education develops, maintains, and publishes (online) a season schedule for all Mainstage and educational programming as well as associated production deadlines.
  • Develops and communicates production and rehearsal calendars with design deadlines for each production.
  • Determines load-in and technical schedules for Mainstage, educational, and special events.
  • Manages resource calendars for all shared facility spaces.
  • Facilitates clear communications throughout the production season and acts as a liaison between directors, designers, stage managers, and Parkway Playhouse production and administrative staff.
  • Provides coordination and support for facility usage by outside groups and for scheduled special events.
  • In collaboration with Managing Director and Box Office Staff, supervises and ensures completion of basic maintenance tasks; including areas backstage, in the auditorium, sound and lighting systems and equipment, dressing rooms, and any other areas of the theatre that are observed or reported to require attention.
  • Assigns, trains, and oversees and supervises apprentices and interns in the technical/production aspects of the theatre events, including training and supervising production staff, contractors, and any additional personnel required for specific production needs
  • Includes managing and correcting any and all disciplinary/performance issues associated with interns assigned to work on technical/production aspects of the theatre
  • Provides safety orientation to all staff, actors, interns, apprentices, students, volunteers
  • Ensures that all production staff, artists, volunteers understand and conform to PPH policies
  • Evaluates apprentices and interns at end of season
  • Assists Guest Directors with technical/production matters
  • Monitors condition of the equipment including lighting, sound, projects, and rigging. Arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints.
  • Maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies
  • Attends production meetings and rehearsals, and technical rehearsals, performances in order to supervise and assist in the technical and production aspects of a performance
  • Manages housing and living arrangements for out-town-artists, guests, and interns ensuring that all company members move into and out of clean presentable and welcoming housing.  This includes working with administrative staff to procure and make housing arrangements as well as being on-site to welcome company members on arrival.


  • Must be able to perform each essential duty listed above satisfactorily
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years experience as Technical Director and/or Production Manager, either employed or contractual
  • Experienced using computerized lighting and sound systems
  • Experienced managing projects, planning, developing, scheduling and providing the technical support required for performances
  • Experienced overseeing apprentices, interns, volunteers
  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate


  • Due to the educational focus of Parkway Playhouse and interaction with interns, apprentices, and Parkway Playhouse Junior participants, the Technical Director/Production Manager will be required to successfully pass a background check.

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

No phone calls please.

Parkway Playhouse Seeking Part-Time Development Director




The Development Director is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic fundraising and marketing plan focused on cultivating a diverse audience, increasing Parkway Playhouse (PPH) attendance, and building membership through a variety of media–both traditional and digital. Additionally, the Development Director oversees the collection and analysis of market data to influence the strategic and annual operating plans of PPH to ensure the financial success of the theatre. Works to support the mission, vision, and goals of Parkway Playhouse.


  • Develops a brand image of the Parkway Playhouse consistent with its commitment to growth, inclusivity, collaboration and connectivity
  • Manages the promotion and marketing of the theatre in collaboration with the Managing Director
  • Creates and prepares applications, including support materials, for grants and funding opportunities identified by the Board, and staff
  • Implements and guides fundraising strategy and initiatives
  • Creates editorial content and functionality for the PPH website and social media accounts (for both PPH and Junior program) as needed
  • Works with the Board of Directors in strategic and long-range planning and organizational development
  • Supervises and assists in the creation and execution of marketing materials and campaigns
  • Ensures that local and regional media have appropriate and timely information about theatre performances and activities
  • Supervises and assists in the work of any and all outside consultants in creating descriptions of plays and other background materials for use in fundraising, marketing and educational materials (programs notes, newsletters, and etc.)
  • Creates and implements the annual marketing plan including social media, website design including implementation and traffic monitoring, on line ticket sales, email correspondence, newsletters, direct mail, and other campaigns to build ticket sales, membership, donor and audience base
  • Establishes methodologies by which to assess the success of marketing efforts across all media; conduct regular audits of marketing efforts to determine their effectiveness and to ensure that marketing expenditures are best aligned with PPH priorities
  • Presents public programs (Curtain Speeches, theatre tours, radio/television interviews, visiting with community) as requested
  • Works with various vendors for printing


  • Must be able to perform each essential duty listed above satisfactorily
  • Bachelor’s degree in arts or relevant field; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 5 years experience and thorough knowledge of current marketing and communications practice
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, set and meet goals, and work effectively with others as a collegial and credible resource
  • Experience positioning an organization both internally and externally and raising its profile, through various media, with its current constituents as well as with new ones
  • Capable of developing proactive themes and strategies for long term implementation and working in a fast-paced environment, maintaining flexibility and a sense of urgency
  • Creative and entrepreneurial with the ability to articulate themes and strategies to senior management and to manage a collaborative team, enabling staff to perform at the highest level to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Solutions-oriented with the ability to successfully balance both staff and management needs and expectations
  • Possess a perceptive presentation style and be able to build and sustain internal and external relationships crucial to Parkway Playhouse
  • Superior organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to follow-through with commitments and obtain results that meet or exceed expectations
  • Ability to successfully interface with diverse groups of constituents, building rapport and trust
  • Highly professional, independent worker
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

No phone calls please.

Just Peachy!

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. opens this Friday.  Here are a few words from the cast and a sneak peach, uh–peek!

Front: Hana, Jonah, Turner, Samarie, Olivia   Back: Leif, Liza

What number are you most excited to perform? Why?

“Plump and Juicy” because it’s a combination of fun, hilarious, and energetic dance moves and I think the whole crowd will enjoy the number a lot.  (Turner Weinmeister, James)

Plump and Juicy

How have you grown as an actor during this particular show?

My confidence has grown immensely throughout the rehearsal process.  I have been able to be completely confident in my creative choices without worrying if I “look good.”  It has been such a freeing feeling to be able to really let loose to develop my character so well.  (Olivia Morgan, Spiker)

Olivia as Spiker

How is this show different from other shows Parkway Playhouse Junior has done?

From what I’ve done so far, this show has A LOT more vigorous dances.  But, of course, it has been a great experience. (Sherri Osborne, Lucille Van Kooglestein)

What was your favorite part of the whole process?

Learning “Property of Spiker and Sponge.”  (Eli North, Joe)

Eli (far left) and Sherri (far right)

What do you think the audience’s favourite part will be? 

I think the best part will be the scene where the song “Money on the Tree” is performed. I think the whole play is great!  Don’t forget to wish us luck when we compete at Junior Theatre Festival.  (Leif Cedegren, Mr. Trotter/Bobby-Bobby-Cop)

See you at the show! Friday & Saturday night at 7:30. Tickets available at the door.z-jonah


In other Parkway Playhouse News:


Temperature is Rising!

Are you up for a challenge?
Hope you are because we’re excited!

Parkway Playhouse has been offered a Challenge Grant by an anonymous donor. Parkway will receive $30,000 if it raises $15,000 for their operating fund between October 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. ($1,570 raised as of November 25)

The grant will match $2 for each $1 donated by new donors and lapsed donors (those who haven’t donated for the past two years).  Also, the grant will match $2 for each $1 increase in the amount current supporters donated between October 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016.  It effectively triples your contribution or the increase in your contribution.

“Our goal is to operate our theatre with a small surplus,” says Parkway Playhouse Managing Director Kristen Livengood, “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity and are working hard to spread the word. Five hundred letters went out a few weeks ago, and we’re asking everyone for whatever support they can give right now. It’s a great time to give to Parkway Playhouse and have your generosity tripled. We’re getting close to our goal of operating with a small surplus as we did last year…opportunities like this don’t come along very often. Please help us take advantage of it.”

The Challenge Grant funds will go into the Parkway Playhouse Capital Improvement Fund (CIF). Funds from the CIF were used to purchase and install the air conditioning/heating units this past August, and we’ll continue to use the CIF to make improvements to our facility.  

Please donate today to Parkway Playhouse (or by January 31) to help us receive this grant!

Parkway Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent and manner allowed by law.  For more information about Parkway Playhouse please visit our website, or call 828.682.4285.



Parkway Playhouse “Fun”draiser* images-1


Come play with Playhouse ghosts and goblins and other things that go bump in the night to support Parkway’s educational program and the student trip to the Junior Theatre Festival in January. Dig deep in those pants pockets before they get scared off!





*who knew spiders could be so much “fun”?

No whispers here…it’s Fall Work Day at Parkway

Bring it on! Come and get it! Get it clean that is.


Twice a year, Parkway Playhouse cleans house. In the spring to get ready for the season—the cobwebs, dust bunnies, forgotten skittles under that one seat in row 12. In the fall, we do it again—wiping down the green room, aligning the costumes, arranging the “shop”, sweeping for those m & m’s left under seat 106.

DSC_0679And we do it all with help from the people we work with, the people we share with, our neighbors, friends, those who want to give a bit back to Parkway.





Join us this Saturday, October 22 from 10 to 2pm. Wear clothes that don’t care, gloves that do and bring a bag lunch (optional). The best thing is that you don’t have to be big and strong, just willing. There’s something for everyone. (It’s not all bend and stretch.)






BONUS: Remember…images

Join Us.

Actor’s Spotlight–Megan Gatts

gattsGatsby is the perfect vehicle for me. I hadn’t been in a non-musical in a while and thought it would just be fun to wear 1920’s fashions. I love Fitzgerald’s writing and his use of color as a symbol. And I found it curious that my last name, “Gatts,” was so close to “Gatsby”—half the reason that I read the novel in the first place.

Before Gatsby I was in the Grease ensemble. Before that, Seussical on Main stage. And five years ago in Boone, I was in my college’s production of The Vagina Monologues.

Gatsby consumes the weekend, but in between shows, I’ll admit life is slow at the moment. When I’m not working in the box office at Parkway Playhousetumblr_oa0z1qdwju1tqvueno1_500, I mostly hang out at home and try to convince myself to work on some art. When that gets old, I’ll catch whatever’s playing at Yancey Theatre, grab an iced coffee at Appalachian Java, or just do a little thrift shopping.

When I was in rehearsal, I had great fun. I adored making friends with the rest of the cast, but there was one moment that stands out—during our final “dress” rehearsal. None of our run crew and very few of our sound and lights people were available, so we opted to just do a quick run-through of the show with no costumes or makeup and go home early. It was hilarious! Gatsby is a totally different play when you do it at twice the speed and with a touch of irreverence. I was in a bit of a “show” rut that night and having some fun with it really perked me up.

When I was asked for my favorite line, I thought of many great ones, but one…“Gatsby turned out alright at the end. But it’s what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that’s been haunting me… and haunts me still.” That stuck with me. It’s an interesting thought, that a man who died turned out all right, and it’s the ones who are still alive that we should pity.

And finally, although my life is nothing like Gatsby, I love being in it, love thinking about that era, and think that everyone should come and see it for themselves.


Megan plays Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Michaels