Town Hall Seattle's production services manager coordinates events as diverse as beach cleanups, benefit concerts, speaker series and pesticide safety workshops.

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Miranda LeonJones

What do you do? I work as Town Hall Seattle’s production services manager, which means I manage most of the rentals at Town Hall (more than 150 over the past season) as well as some of the Town Hall-produced events, such as Global Rhythms, Saturday Family Concerts, and Ignite Seattle. Mostly behind-the-scenes, I ensure an event runs smoothly by determining run-of-show production, technical logistics, and event staffing.

How did you get started in that field? The nexus of nonprofit organizations and community events has kept me busy for years. In this field, I’ve coordinated a number of diverse events like beach cleanups, benefit concerts and pesticide safety workshops. An internship at KEXP first introduced me to Town Hall. I was in grad school and applied for part-time work as a house manager, handling day-of-event logistics. Later on, I was invited to coordinate Town Hall-produced events.

What’s a typical day like? A good part of the day involves consulting with Town Hall rental clients to use our 98-year-old building, as well as staffing services, to meet their event goals. After meeting with rental clients, I translate their needs and wants into an event flow that matches what our building and services can provide. It’s an active job and I’m often found roaming around the building, which keeps things interesting.

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What’s the best part of the job? The people. I have fun with my co-workers; I learn from our esteemed local and national rental clients; and I’m inspired on a daily (and nightly) basis by the fascinating speakers and performers who take the Town Hall stage. Last but not least, the Seattle community that supports the busy Town Hall calendar energizes me.

My favorite speakers/artists I’ve worked with at Town Hall include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Quetzal and E.O. Wilson.

What surprises people about your work? That the building is alive! It has quirks, hidden spaces, and stories to tell. And just like a living organism, the building that houses Town Hall Seattle is still growing. In just 15 years, the building has transformed from a house of worship to a community cultural center. Exciting news about the next phase of evolution for this beautiful building is on the horizon; stay tuned!

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