Producer, Performance and Programs
Job Details
MOCA - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$70,000.00 - $75,000.00 Salary/year

The Producer, Performance and Programs is vital to MOCA in its efforts to deliver world-class performance-based artworks and large scale live events at the museum. As part of MOCAs strategy to fortify the infrastructure within the Programing department, the Producer will play an essential function in enabling MOCA to present a wide range of performance projects and live events across the museum, including rentals.

Reporting to the Associate Curator of Performance and Programs, The Producer will lead the technical production and realization of commissioned performances and live programs across the museum including but not limited to performance art, performing arts, dance, festivals, concerts, immersive installations, and cultural collaborations. Working closely with the Associate Curator of Performance and Programming and the Director of Exhibition Production, the Producer oversees the technical planning, management, and execution of all live programs. The primary performance spaces are a plaza and an industrial warehouse, each without a permanent stage or seating. The Producer needs to be able to work in different formats and in multiple locations, and will possess a creative and flexible approach to all projects.

The Producer will manage performance production budgets, build a team who can assist with the technical execution of all live programs, and source quotes to improve in-house infrastructure and equipment. The position will regularly interface with artists and the general public, all with the goal of making performance art and live events more broadly as accessible as possible to diverse audiences.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan technical details of productions, including working with artists, designers, producers, and technical teams on design and construction details; soliciting bids and meeting with vendors to work through technical details; creating and reviewing technical and design drawings for implementation.

  • Work creatively with artists and Associate Curator, Performance and Programs to provide solutions within the production scope and budget.

  • Oversee production load-in, set-up, technical rehearsal, performance, strike, and restore of space, including seating and staging, lighting, rigging, audio and video installations.

  • Conduct cross-departmental production meetings

  • Develop and maintain production schedules and load-in and load-out logistics specific to each event.

  • Oversee implementation of all production elements during each shows run.

  • Manage MOCA AV team, contractors, and freelance technical and production staff during preparation, load-in, load-out, throughout each shows run.

  • Hire and manage live audio, lighting, and video technicians and production assistants as needed.

  • Develop and sustain relationships with local vendors.

  • Make suggestions for capital improvements to production infrastructure.

  • Collaborate with multiple departments including Operations, Exhibitions, Security, and Visitor Engagement to ensure that all live programs are executed to the highest standards and to ensure that all live performances and events do not disrupt gallery exhibitions or museum operations.

  • Be available nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled and assigned.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of 5 years managing and executing large-scale performance and event productions.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of live performance production and technology, specifically sound, lighting, video, power distribution, rigging, and stage design.

  • Knowledge of electricity and fire code.

  • Experience and knowledge of presenting performance in contemporary art or alternative spaces is desired.

  • Experience managing a crew and drafting and maintaining budgets.

  • Knowledge of safety standards for local, state and federal guidelines.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work creatively with artists, react to onsite needs quickly, manage multiple projects concurrently, and work both independently and as part of a team

  • ForkLift and Scissor Lift Certification. Experience in rigging and installation of equipment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Salary: $70,000 - $75,000

Physical Demands:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height. Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to visually inspect work. Manual dexterity to operate a computer and other office equipment is required. Heavy usage of computers and phones required.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the Museum of Contemporary Arts commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.